February 2015 Newsletter
February is 
Teen Dating Awareness Month
February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Dating abuse happens when one partner exerts power and control over the other. It's important to learn how to prevent, recognize and escape unhealthy relationships both online and in person. 

  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.
  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.
  • One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.
  • One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse.
  • Approximately 70% of college students say they have been sexually coerced. (Citation-Love is Respect)
Everyone deserves a safe and healthy relationship!  

Visit www.loveisrespect.org for more information and resources regarding teen dating violence.

For local help and resources contact:
Project Harmony: 402-595-1326
Women's Center for Advancement: 402-345-6555
Public Policy Update

Contact us if you have any questions on these two bills the DVC is following:

 

LB307 - Sen. Kolowski introduced this bill on behalf of the DVC to improve and make more useful domestic assault 2nd degree and stalking statutes and penalties therein.  Hearing is set for Friday, Feb. 27, 1:30 pm Judiciary Committee.  


 

LB437 - Sen. Ebke's 35/65 Parenting Time bill.  Hearing is set for Thursday, March 12, 1:30 pm Judiciary Committee.  We're working with survivors to tell their stories through the DVC's Hope Advisory Council, and hope to organize family law attorneys to take the lead on defeating the bill this year. 

Black History Month

Did you know that Rosa Parks investigated sexual assaults for the NAACP years before the bus boycott! She was a radical activist and warrior for human rights.  McGuire, an assistant professor in the history department of Wayne State University in Detroit, tells the history of Parks' activism in her just published book, At the Dark End of the Street:  Black women, Rape, and Resistance.  Shout out to Rosa Parks for making a difference in this world!  

 

For More Facts About Black History Month Click Here

DVC's Annual Breakfast 
and Conference
 May 1, 2015

IT STARTS WITH US
May 1, 2015

Annual Purple Ribbon Award Breakfast
"Honoring the Past & Challenging the Future"

Annual Conference:
"Transforming Our Culturally Specific Response to Sexual and Domestic Violence"
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Keynote Speaker:
Kelly Miller, JD
Executive Director

Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
& Cohort member of the NoVo Foundation's initiative to strenthen the collective capacity to end violence against women and girls. 

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Letter from the 
Executive Director

As systems change advocates, staff here at the DVC work hard to improve the practices and policies of the institutions that work most closely with victim/survivors of this violence.  Sometimes, we find out that the law doesn't allow institutions to do what is needed.  That's where the DVC fills a needed gap in the community.  Working with prosecutors we drafted a bill that would fix some of the recurring problems with domestic assault and stalking laws.  These problems prevented many cases from going forward or from receiving a just sentence for the perpetrator who injured someone greatly.  With your help, and Senator Kolowski, we hope the Nebraska legislature will pass our legislative proposal.  Call us with any questions, or if you'd like to help, or simply donate.  Thank you for keeping touch! 

  



Tara L. Muir, JD
Executive Director
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Domestic Violence Council | 402.210.2195 | dvc@dvcomaha.org | http://www.dvcomaha.org
1941 S 42nd St, Ste 510
Omaha, NE 68105