A Time to Mourn, Celebrate, and Connect
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a time when experts and those professionals who work with victims of domestic violence are planning events that educate the public, inspire action, and inform victims of the help and services that are available as they struggle to live violence-free.
When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 2011 Homicide Data, Violence Policy Center, September 26, 2013
Snapshot of Nevada Violence Policy Center 10-1-2013, prepared by the Violence Policy Center, October 1, 2013
Governor Brian Sandoval proclaims October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Read the Proclamation.
To read the complete press release, Domestic Violence Awareness Month 10-1-2013,
The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence Using Green Dots to Address Violence
When an act of violence (sexual assault, partner violence, or stalking) happens in our communities there is almost always a bystander who is in a position to notice a high risk behavior and potentially do something to help. However, all too often, as bystanders we aren’t sure what to do or how to do it. The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence, the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health, the University of Nevada, Reno and various organizations throughout northern and rural Nevada are dedicated to changing this behavior by launching a violence prevention program called Green Dot.
Green Dot incorporates a community mobilization strategy that is designed to equip bystanders with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and effectively intervene. Professionals across northern and rural Nevada are convening for four days (September 24-27) on the University of Nevada, Reno campus to become certified Green Dot instructors.
For the full press release, Green Dot 9-4-2013
NPR – KUNR 88.7 Reno Public Radio broadcasting from the University of Nevada, Reno interview with Sue Meuschke, NNADV Executive Director: http://www.kunr.org/news/interview-green-dot-violence-training-comes-to-nv
On February 28, the U.S. House of Representatives took up the Senate-passed bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), and passed this vital legislation by a bipartisan vote of 286-138, including 87 republicans voting in favor. The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) applauds the Members of Congress who led the fight and voted for VAWA’s passage.
“Advocates and survivors have been working on this bill for years and are both elated and relieved to see it reauthorized, says Sue Meuschke, executive director, NNADV. “We thank the Nevada Congressional delegation for their unanimous support of this bill.”
Snapshot of Nevada:
Earlier this month, both Nevada senators voted “Yea” on the VAWA Reauthorization:
- Senator Harry Reid (D)
- Senator Dean Heller (R)
Today, the following Nevada representatives voted “Yea” on the VAWA Reauthorization:
- Congressman Mark Amodei (R)
- Congressman Joseph Heck (R)
- Congressman Steven Horsford (D)
- Congresswomen Dina Titus (D)
The legislation that passed today is a strong reauthorization that includes landmark protections for women on Tribal lands, improves protections for immigrant victims, ensures services for LGBT survivors as well as people with disabilities and the elderly, and adds important housing protections for victims. The bill also preserves and maintains core funding for life-saving victim services.
The Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) enacted in 1994, recognizes domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking as serious, devastating, and life-threatening crimes. VAWA programs have greatly enhanced systematic changes that give law enforcement, prosecutors, and judges the tools they need to hold offenders accountable and keep communities safe while supporting victims. VAWA supports comprehensive, effective and cost saving responses to these crimes while meeting the needs of victims and will continue to save countless lives through the community-based services it provides. For more information on VAWA including fact sheets on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking, visit 4vawa.org. You can view the entire bill (S.47) here.
A Global Campaign to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls
Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) is encouraging individuals, schools, organizations, and businesses in Nevada to join with activists around the world for One Billion Rising, the largest day of action in the history of V-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.
One Billion Rising began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls violated – one billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers, and friends. Yet, most of the world remains silent and indifferent. The time has come to put a stop to the violence, and to the silence that surrounds it.
On February 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, your school, organization, or business can join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men across the world as they express their outrage, demand change, strike, dance and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding at last an end to violence against women. V-Day wants the world to see the collective strength, the numbers, and the solidarity across borders to say NO to violence against women and girls.
Already thousands of activists and organization around the globe have signed on and events are being planned in 182 countries. Women’s, human rights, labor, economic justice, environmental, faith-based, and LGBTQ groups, as well as artists and high profile lawmakers are coming together. Some organizations have adopted the movement’s dance anthem, BREAK THE CHAIN! and are organizing flash mobs in high profile locations across the world.
“This revolutionary event provides an excellent opportunity to draw attention upon the epidemic of gender-based violence,” says Sue Meuschke, NNADV’s executive director, by creating your own community-wide event or join other events being organized across the country to emphasize the injustice facing survivors of abuse.”
To express your concern, build awareness, and demand change, sign-up at www.onebillionrising.org. For a listing of events in Nevada, you can search by state, organization sponsor, date scheduled, or zip code.
What can one person do to make a difference and increase awareness about ending violence? Invite your friends to participate in a “day of action” event that demands an end to violence by:
- Connecting with others about the campaign through social media – blog, create a link to the campaign on your Facebook page;
- Challenging your businesses partners to raise funds to support domestic violence programs in your community;
- Modeling new non-violent ways to stop bullying or harassment in your school or office;
- Volunteering at a local domestic violence shelter;
- Submitting articles to local media;
- Contacting your local legislator to increase funding for women’s service programs; and
- Creating signs, posters or design a T-shirt and wear it to your event. Visit www.onebillionrising.org for more ideas.
In 2012, over 5,800 V-Day events took place produced by volunteer activists in the U.S. and around the world, educating millions of people about the reality of violence against women and girls. To learn more about the V-Day organization, visit www.vday.org.