For two decades, Liz Ortenburger has been fighting for the rights of women and children. Prior to joining SafeNest, which provides services for victims of domestic violence in Nevada as well as advocacy and prevention education, Ortenburger served in leadership positions at the Girl Scouts and the YMCA. In her current position as the CEO for SafeNest, Ortenburger directs her energy and passion to ending the epidemic of domestic violence. From managing operations to leading strategic partnerships to implementing visionary programs and services, Ortenburger is dedicated to ensuring every survivor can have the opportunity to move from crisis to confidence. Ortenburger earned her MBA at IESE, a globally ranked business school in Barcelona, Spain, and her bachelor’s degree at California State University, Fresno. Today, she is raising two happy, healthy children and spends her free time camping, hiking, and running.
We have met many survivor victims - whether it be from sexual assault, domestic violence, or other major crimes- who have struggled with PTSD. June is PTSD Awareness Month and our team wanted to call attention to the issue of PTSD. Treatments work, however survivors don't always get the help they need to treat their PTSD.
When the pandemic brought everything to a screeching halt, it brought with it a sudden loss of stability and control, isolation and helplessness. The world as we knew it was no longer the one we lived in. Over the past year, we have had to figure out what it means to live our lives now. People began talking about our “new normal” instead of getting back to normal.
April 15, 2020 – Marsy’s Law for Tennessee is lighting the state purple in recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), Sunday, April 18 through 24.
The COVID-19 pandemic has amplified the need for Marsy’s Law for Tennessee. A recent TBI report shows the violent crime rate soared in Memphis in 2020 compared to 2019 – up nearly 25 percent. Knoxville Police reported a 40 percent increase in shootings resulting in injury in 2020. And in Chattanooga, police said there has been a sharp increase in gun violence.
Holds virtual press conference highlighting examples of Marsy’s Law at work in Wisconsin
MADISON – Today marked the one-year anniversary of the historic statewide vote on the crime victims’ constitutional amendment commonly known as Marsy’s Law for Wisconsin. In recognition of this crucial milestone, supporters of the amendment today held a virtual press conference highlighting examples of Marsy’s Law at work in Wisconsin. The press conference featured the two lead authors of the bipartisan victims’ rights legislation, Senator Van Wanggaard and Representative Todd Novak, alongside a number of prominent survivors and victims’ rights advocates from communities throughout Wisconsin.