Marsy’s Law for NV Stands United with Nevada Organizations Working to Help Victims and End Domestic Violence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 1, 2017  ***MEDIA ADVISORY***

 

In the time it takes you to read this news release, lives will be changed forever due to domestic or sexual violence. October marks “Domestic Violence Awareness Month.” Marsy’s Law for Nevada crime victims’ rights advocates applaud the agencies and organizations across our state providing critical emergency and life-saving services to victims of this insidious crime. We thank the law enforcement officers and agencies working in every large city and small town across Nevada who keep the peace and protect the innocent from abuse and rage. Today, we ask the media to help citizens arm themselves with knowledge: victims and concerned citizens are not alone in the fight against domestic violence, and help is available in every part of this state.

According to the 2016 report by the Nevada Coalition to END Domestic and Sexual Violence (NCEDSV):

  • 16 women, 4 men, and 3 children died due to domestic violence intimate partner homicide (involving either a spouse, former spouse, current or former dating relationship, or spouse with children in common, or a parent)
  • 3 men were killed by partners of or former partners of domestic violence victims
  • Domestic violence shelters and agencies received 64,457 contacts and calls for assistance during the year across Nevada
  • There were 108,642 referrals for Nevada services such as housing, legal help, food, and more

Nationally, per the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV):

  • 20 people in America, on average, are physically abused by “intimate partners” every minute, adding up to 10-million victims of domestic violence each year
  • 1 in 15 U.S. children are exposed to domestic violence each year

The World Health Organization reports:

  • Children exposed to domestic violence are more likely to have future personal challenges with trust, respect, violence or suicidal thoughts

The Center for Women and Families reports:

  • Nearly 1 in 5 female high school students in America reports being physically or sexually abused by a dating partner

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • 1 out of 3 women has been a victim of physical violence or stalking by a current or former spouse or partner

Marsy’s Law for Nevada advocates for crime victims’ rights urge all Nevada citizens to know the warning signs of domestic violence.  Domestic violence is evident in every community, age group, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, and nationality. Physical violence is often accompanied by abusive and controlling actions by the suspect. Victims who survive often suffer low self-esteem, eating disorders, challenges with positive relationships, increased use of drugs or alcohol, anxiety, and the list goes on.

If you are a victim in need of help or someone you know is a domestic violence victim or at risk, please make a call for assistance. Reach out to local police and 9-1-1.

Contact local shelters for guidance or services across Nevada. (source: NCEDSV & AG)

*If a community is not listed, residents seeking assistance should call the National Domestic Violence Hotline which will connect them with help.

National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233

 

General Information for Statewide Services:

Nevada Coalition to END Domestic and Sexual Violence

Phone: 775-828-1115

www.ncedsv.org

Not a Shelter.  NCEDSV provides information about warning signs and guides residents to appropriate domestic violence crisis services across Nevada.

— Shelter Services listed below: can include emergency shelter, temporary housing, food, financial assistance, job assistance, advocacy, and counseling.

Carson and Storey Counties:

Advocates to End Domestic Violence

Carson City, NV

Hotline: 775-883-7654

 

Churchill County:

Domestic Violence Intervention, Inc.

Fallon, NV

Hotline: 775-423-1313

 

Clark County:

Safe Nest/Temporary Assistance to End Domestic Crisis (TADC)

Las Vegas, NV

Hotline: 702-646-4981

S.A.F.E. House

Henderson, NV

Hotline: 702-564-3227

UNLV Jean Nidetch Women’s Center

Las Vegas, NV

24 Hour Hotline-Campus Advocacy Resource and Empowerment (CARE) Line: 702-895-0602

Family and Child Treatment (FACT)

Adult and Children’s Resources & Services

Phone: 702-258-5855

The Center of Las Vegas/LGBTQ Referrals to Crisis Counseling

Office Phone: 702-733-9800

The Rape Crisis Center of Southern Nevada

24 Hour Hotline: 702-366-1640

 

Douglas County:

Family Support Council

Minden, NV

Hotline: 775-782-8692

 

Elko, Eureka, and White Pine Counties:

Committee Against Domestic Violence

Elko, NV

Office:  775-738-6524

Hotline: 1-775-738-9454

 

Eureka, Lincoln, and White Pine Counties only:

Victim/Witness Services

800-372-7202

775-289-3410

 

Humboldt County:

Winnemucca Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc.

Winnemucca, NV

24 hr Advocate: 775-421-1028

 

Lander County:

Committee Against Domestic Violence

Battle Mountain, NV

Hotline: 775-635-2500

 

Lincoln County:

County Victim Services

Assistance Referral/Case Info

Phone: 775-289-3410

Emergency: 800-799-7233

 

Lyon County:

Alternatives to Living in a Violence Environment (ALIVE)

Yerington, NV

Hotline: 775-463-4009

Toll Free: 1-800-453-4009

 

Mineral County:

Advocates to End Domestic Violence

Hawthorne, NV

Hotline: 775-945-2312

Consolidated Agencies of Human Services/Mineral County Advocates to End Domestic Violence  

Office: 775-945-2471

24/7 Crisis Line: 775-316-2917

 

Nye, Lincoln, and Esmeralda Counties:

No to Abuse

in Pahrump, NV

Hotline: 775-751-1118

No to Abuse

in Tonopah, NV

Hotline: 775-482-3016

 

Southern Nye County:

No To Abuse

in Southern Nye Co.

775-751-1118

 

Pershing County:

Domestic Violence Intervention

Lovelock, NV

Hotline: 775-273-2641

  

Washoe County:

Committee to Aid Abused Women (CAAW)

Reno, NV

Hotline: 775-329-4150

Women’s and Children’s Center

of the Sierra

Reno, NV

775-825-7395

1-877-930-3466

Tahoe Safe Alliance

Hotline: 800-736-1060

A Safe Embrace

Reno, NV

Hotline: 775-322-3466

UNR Students Only

Counseling Services

Reno, NV

Phone: 775-784-4648

Crisis Call Center: 775-784-8090

Toll-Free Hotline: 800-992-5757

Tahoe Women’s Services

Incline Village, NV

Hotline: 1-800-736-1060

 

Marsy’s Law for Nevada applauds every agency and organization in our state working to help domestic and sexual violence victims, and reduce this crime trend.

We respectfully ask all citizens of Nevada to consider supporting and endorsing our ongoing effort to assist victims of crime with protected rights under the Nevada Constitution.

Marsy’s Law for Nevada has secured two consecutive approvals from Nevada lawmakers in 2015 and 2017.  Residents of Nevada will have the right to vote on the question in November 2018.  Once approved, this measure will guarantee the victims of crime receive guaranteed consideration throughout the judicial process.

Nevada residents are uniting daily to voice their support for Marsy’s Law for Nevada.  They join a growing list of lawmakers, legal experts, law enforcement leaders, civic leaders, assistance groups, and victims who have already endorsed Marsy’s Law for Nevada.

Equal Rights for Nevada Crime Victims.  It’s just fair.

#VictimsRightsNV              

 

SJR 17 would ensure the:

* Right to receive information about the services available to crime victims

* Right to be treated with fairness and respect throughout the criminal justice process

* Right to be protected from the defendant

* Right to notice of all public proceedings in the case

* Right to be reasonably heard, upon request, at all public proceedings regarding the case

* Right to reasonably confer with the prosecuting agency, upon request, regarding the case

* Right to full and timely restitution

 

History of Marsy’s Law

The effort is named after Marsalee “Marsy” Nicholas who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in California in 1983.  A week later he was released pending his court proceedings and went face to face with the victim’s family, who had no idea he was out of jail.  Today her brother, Dr. Henry T. Nicholas is working to secure a voice and protection for victims and their families, nationwide. Marsy’s Law measures have already passed in Illinois, California, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana.

 

Senate Joint Resolution 17/Marsy’s Law        

SJR 17/Marsy’s Law was first approved by Nevada state lawmakers in 2015 and again in 2017 as required by Nevada law for a constitutional amendment.  Marsy’s Law for Nevada will now go to a vote of Nevada residents in November of 2018 as a ballot question.

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