Your donation will help us advocate for policy priorities that include:
• Expanding protections for survivors of domestic and sexual violence, including protection orders, confidential communication, affordable housing and pay day lending caps.
• Supporting victims’ rights to insure access to resources and availability of critical information including the Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights, employment protections such as equal pay and paid sick leave and access to legal services
• Protecting current policies that provide safety and security including Title IX and the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
• Full funding of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and increased state and local funding for critical services throughout Nevada.
NCEDSV will use the following principles to inform the positions NCEDSV will take on legislation during the 2019 session.
• Reducing Homicides
Nevada consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous states for women and is 5th in the nation for women killed by men. Over 94% of the homicides are committed by someone the victim knows and the offender is often an intimate partner. Over half are committed with firearms.
• Bringing the Margins to the Center
Domestic and sexual violence intersect strongly with other forms of oppression such as LGBTQ discrimination, reproductive rights infringement, bullying and immigration policies. Marginalized groups face augmented challenges when seeking help or trying to leave an abusive situation.
• Protecting Children
The voices of children who witness or are victims of domestic and sexual violence deserve greater attention. Victims are often blamed without an understanding of the immense personal and systematic barriers they face in protecting their children. This blame diverts focus from getting children the support and protection they need.
• Reducing Victim Barriers
Victims face many barriers in escaping violence. These include employment protections such as equal pay and paid sick leave, access to legal services, financial limitations, victim blaming and fear for their safety. Barriers can deter a victim from seeking help and encourage them to stay in an abusive situation.
• Increasing Victim Safety
Ensuring that victims have access to resources to provide them with safety protections is vital. These resources include protection orders, safety planning with advocates, and affordable housing. Without easy and fair access to these resources, victims may feel they do not have the protections to escape violence