The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health’s Rape Prevention and Education Program in partnership with the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence has launched the Step Up! Stop Violence website (www.stepupstopviolence.org) based on the Green Dot Model of Intervention to mobilize communities and create statewide campaign awareness against sexual and domestic violence. Bystander strategies are incorporated along with widespread awareness campaigns to engage teens and young adults to not only identify potentially high risk violent situations but also to safely intervene to prevent violence from occurring. To learn more, visit: www.stepupstopviolence.org
(Reno, NV) – The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence (NNADV) is pleased to announce the publication, Covering Domestic Violence: A Guide for Media Professionals. This invaluable resource was created for experienced and novice media professionals who are covering crimes involving domestic and sexual violence, stalking and teen relationship abuse including bullying.
What is included in this Guide?
– References for the latest statistics from a statewide and national perspective;
– Information to expand the understanding of the issues surrounding domestic violence, including the warning signs, how to help a victim, safety planning and how to promote healthy relationships;- References for Nevada Revised Statutes;
– How to navigate the legal system including legal remedies for survivors of domestic violence;
– Tips on accurately covering domestic violence crimes and recommendations on what to avoid when covering these crimes;
– Tips on interviewing survivors while maintaining their privacy and safety;
– Cautions when covering domestic violence-related homicides; and a
– Resource section listing “live” links to statewide and national resources.
Click here to view the guide
The Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence was founded in 1980 to work toward the elimination of domestic and sexual violence against all persons. As Nevada’s statewide coalition, NNADV is an inclusive network which both supports our member programs, and educates the public at large. Our agency is based in Reno, but our member programs span the entire state.
The NNADV Board of Directors has two openings: one program at-large seat (must be affiliated with a member program – staff, volunteer or board member), and one community at-large seat (not directly affiliated with a member program). All are three year terms and begin on January 2015. NNADV Board nominees must be current members of NNADV (an individual member or a volunteer or paid staff person or an organization that is currently a member) and committed to NNADV’s mission, philosophy and goals.
The Board of Directors is the governing body of NNADV. Directors serve as trustees on behalf of donors and are thus responsible for ensuring that the organization meets both legal and ethical standards for nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations. The Board’s most important role is to provide oversight of all activities and funds. The Board plays a critical role in ensuring that the organization has what it needs to carry out its mission, and that it does so legally, ethically, and effectively. Specific duties and responsibilities include the following: setting the vision, mission, and organizational goals; making sure the organization has the resources it needs and those resources are well managed; making sure the organization carries out its mission with effective programs; hiring, supervising, and evaluating the Executive Director; establishing personnel policies and procedures; enhancing the organization’s public image. To effectively carry out these job duties, Board members are expected to:
- Commit to 4 to 10 hours per month to the work of this Board and the organization, and any extra effort that may be required in relation to fundraising events or other special activities.
- Attend Board meetings regularly, including all four of the Board member meetings each year.
- Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings.
- Serve actively on at least two standing or ad hoc committees and attend committee meetings regularly, attending at least two-thirds of the schedules committee meetings as well as special meetings as needed.
- Participate in the following fundraising activities: make a personal financial contribution to the organization each year; identify prospective donors and assist in fundraising initiatives; buy tickets, attend, and participate in the planning and marketing of the organization’s fundraising events.
Nominations are due August 15, 2014. We strongly encourage individuals who have been active members of NNADV to consider board membership. NNADV is committed to representing all victims of domestic violence and strives to have a broad range of representation. Please contact our office 775.828.1115 to obtain a nomination packet.
Verizon Wireless HopeLine has launched a new social media campaign Voices Have Power. This campaign is a participatory, digitally focused campaign designed to increase awareness of domestic violence and destroy the stigma of discussing the topic in public by calling people to share words of support and encouragement with the people who need it most. To invite broad participation from the public, the campaign focuses on a single, simple call to action: Submit a message of hope. To learn more visit www.voiceshavepower.com
You can submit messages of hope in one of three ways:
* Send your message by text to #94709
* Use social media using the hashtag #voiceshavepower. On Twitter, be sure to mention @HopeLineVerizon or @VerizonWireless
* Go to the campaign website www.voiceshavepower.com
Verizon Wireless HopeLine will donate $3 in support of dating and domestic violence prevention for every message of hope that is shared.
This campaign starts June 26 and ends August 7. Because voices have power, share a message of hope today!
Nationwide Survey Reveals Urgent Need for Increased Funding for Domestic Violence Service Providers
Nationwide, more than 66,000 victims of domestic violence helped on a single day, but almost 10,000 requests for help go unanswered.
Snapshot of Nevada
On September 17, 2013, 169 domestic violence victims (101 children and 68 adults) found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs across Nevada. Domestic violence advocates here answered 86 crisis line calls – more than 4 calls every hour. At the same time, 20 requests for services went unmet, largely due to not enough staff and lack of funding. Across Nevada, 21 staff positions were eliminated in the past year and most of these positions were direct services, such as shelter or legal advocates.
“Across Nevada, survivors of domestic violence are reaching out for help,” said Sue Meuschke, NNADV’s Executive Director. “We are encouraging everyone, including healthcare providers, to make more referrals to local domestic violence programs. Unfortunately there are less people in our programs to respond. Increased funding for services is a critical need.”
The full national report is available online at www.nnedv.org/census. For state level statistics, select Nevada on the home page of this link.
To view the entire press release, NNEDV Census