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September 2014 Newsletter
October is Domestic Violence 
Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Our community has planned a lot of activities to bring awareness to the general community and to support those most impacted by domestic violence. The intent of the first DV Awareness Month in 1981 was to connect battered women's advocates across the nation who were working to end violence against women and their children. In 2014, we are coming together to bring light to the journey of victims, survivors and advocates of domestic violence. 

 

Join us in October for the following events:
 

 

September 30:

Generation Hope's March & Rally for Peace Against Domestic Violence

 

October 3:

Purple Out- Join us in wearing purple! Use #purpleoutomaha on Facebook and Twitter and show us your purple attire! 

 

October 17:

Survivor's Gallery 

 

October 19: 

Guts N' Glory Walk/Run 

 

October 20: 

Private Violence Film Screening at Metro Community College


 

Keep up to date on all Domestic Violence Awareness Month Activities on our website

DV in the News

Domestic violence is front and center in the news because of the release of a video on September 8th of a Baltimore Ravens football player, Ray Rice, punching his fianc�, Janay, in an elevator in February 2014.  He knocked her unconscious and dragged her from the elevator. 

 

We must all join in the conversation around this shocking video to help move us forward in how we understand this complex issue.  Learn more about how you can help someone in an abusive relationship. In our broader conversations with friends, family and social media, help focus the conversation on the person who chose to use overpowering violence, as the victim is doing all she can to survive. Help change that first question everyone asks from "Why Does She Stay/or Why Did She Marry Him" to "Why Did He Do That and How Did He Get Away With It?"

 

Best practices were not followed in the Rice case.  Law enforcement and prosecutors know that you never interview the victim and offender in the same room. Domestic Violence experts know the criminal justice system must hold the offender accountable with the first arrest. CBS Sports reported that Rice's pre-trial intervention program was only offered to .5% of those in Rice's situation and can dismiss his case entirely. In Douglas County, defendants face jail time or probation with a Batterer's Intervention Program. 

 

In Douglas County, the DVC helps criminal justice professionals and service providers follow best practices and coordinates the Douglas County Community Response Team, devoted to ending these crimes. We review our system through the experiences of survivors, identify gaps and fix them.  We also review cases so the escalating violence is on everyone's radar screen to help victims and stop offenders before the violence happens.  It is very, very hard work.

 

Please donate to the DVC today, and help us never have a justice system that would allow an offender to get away with what Ray Rice did.


 

 

You can also follow the National Family Justice Center's blog on advocating for change within the NFL. Their Sept. 15th blog said, "challenge Commissioner Roger Goodell and the National Football League (NFL) to take a stronger stand against domestic violence. We need your help to make our important recommendations known and heard by all.  The NFL, like all businesses and institutions in our country, must do more to address the social and cultural norms that continue to promote domestic violence against women, men, and children." 
Sharing Success:
Survivor Story


vase-flowers.jpg     November 11, 2012 was the day that forever changed my life.  I was the victim of a severe domestic violence assault.  I have permanent injuries from that awful morning.  My then 3-year old son witnessed the entire assault.  It was very overwhelming to deal with the aftermath of this and to pick up the pieces on all fronts.  Initially, I told myself that no one would ever know about this and that I would not speak of it.  After some time lapsed, I felt the need to discuss my story with the hope that people can learn from it. 

 

    I met Kim Carpenter and Tara Muir of the DVC in the summer of 2013.  I participated in the Truth Leadership training in August of 2013 and I started attending the Hope Advisory Council monthly meetings.  The DVC has provided many opportunities for involvement.  It was a huge honor to share my story to the Douglas County Sheriff's Chaplain's Unit as part of a training that the DVC was providing.  Since then, I have spoken at two more educational/training opportunities.  Also, I had the opportunity to travel with Tara to the Nebraska Legislative Update day.  Participating in the Community Safety Assessment was very healing to me as well.  The DVC's Public Policy Committee simply amazes me.  I am proud to be a member.  In July of 2014, I became the coordinator for the Hope Advisory Council.    The DVC has given me hope again.  They have given me a renewed sense of faith and have given me a strength that I thought I had lost.  I truly believe that I survived that brutal domestic violence assault for a reason.  With every step I take, my purpose becomes clearer.   The DVC's commitment to the community and to the survivors is priceless.

Letter from the 
Executive Director

Consider joining us on one of our committees or on our Board of Directors.  Given all the public attention on domestic violence right now, we are looking for talented people in public policy and public relations to help us with our mission.  Please contact me if you are interested. 

 
  




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




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