March 2015 Newsletter
Public Policy Update
Sen. Kolowski introduced LB307 bill on behalf of the DVC to improve and make more useful domestic assault 2nd degree and stalking statutes and penalties therein.  Currently, the penalty for a 2nd degree domestic assault is lower than that of a 2nd degree assault on a stranger.  This bill seeks to fix that as well as provide more definitions in the types of injuries that could be brought under a 2nd degree domestic assault charge.  Currently, 2nd degree domestic assault requires the use of a dangerous instrument to cause injuries.  The bill, if passed, would allow charges for substantial injuries as a result of any instrument, including fists or knees which are so often the tools used rather than a dangerous instrument.



The hearing went very well on Feb. 27th and we are hoping it will be passed out of the Judiciary Committee within the next couple of weeks.  Please call your senator to let them know about this bill and you would like to see it passed this year!  As always, feel free to call us with any questions on the bill.  You can find out more about the Unicameral and its process on their website:  

Talk of the Town

Join us and the Women's Fund on Friday, March 20th from 8:30-10:30 am at CASA for Douglas County to hear about the State of Domestic Violence in Omaha  

Join in a discussion about ways our community can support victims of domestic abuse and their children while holding their batterer's accountable. The following organizations will be presenting are:
    ~ Catholic Charities
    ~ Domestic Violence Council
    ~ Heartland Family Services
    ~ Phoenix House
    ~ Women's Center for Advancement

DVC's Annual Breakfast 
and Conference

Honoring the Past & Challenging the Future

May 1, 2015
Ramada Inn Omaha

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, men and boys. 


Still I Rise...
Still I Rise...
A Celebration of Hope and Healing for African American Women who are impacted by Domestic Violence

Featuring WithLoveFelicia

April 30, 2015
6:30-8:30 pm
Free Event- Refreshments will be served

Metropolitan Community College
Fort Omaha Campus
Building 10 Room 110


Sponsorship Opportunities Available:
For more information, please contact:
Center for Holistic Development, Inc.
402.502.9788 by March 31st, 2015
Letter from the 
Executive Director

We're busy these days finalizing the findings of our Community Safety Assessment which concluded in February and getting ready for our annual Purple Ribbon Award Breakfast and Conference.  Please consider a sponsorship for this important event.  We are also rolling out a training curriculum for businesses on how to recognize and respond to domestic violence in the workplace.  Call us and invite us out to your business!


Tara L. Muir, JD
Executive Director
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Quick Links
Community Resources
Domestic Violence Council | 402.210.2195 | |
1941 S 42nd St, Ste 510
Omaha, NE 68105