October 2014 Newsletter
Private Violence Screening
Join us Monday, October 20th for the screening of
HBO Documentary
Private Violence
6:30-8:00 pm Film Screening
8:00- 9:00 pm Panel Discussion

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Private Violence is a feature-length documentary and audience engagement campaign that explores a simple but deeply disturbing fact of American life: The most dangerous place for a woman in America is her own home. Every day in the U.S., at least four women are murdered by abusive (and often ex) partners. The knee-jerk response is to ask: "Why doesn't she just leave?" Private Violence shatters the brutality of this logic. Through the eyes of two survivors- Deanna Walters, a mother who seeks justice for the crimes committed against her at the hands of her estranged husband, and Kit Gruelle, an advocate who seeks justice for all women- we bear witness to the complex realities of intimate partner violence.

The Domestic Violence Council will lead a panel discussion with community service providers following the video. 

Metropolitan Community College
South Omaha Campus
27th and Q
Industrial Training Center, Room 120
Introducing New Staff Member
Christon MacTaggart
Christon MacTaggart is the new Training Coordinator for the Domestic Violence Council. She brings 10 years of training experience and 15 years of experience working with domestic violence and sexual assault issues. She previously was the DV/SA Program Coordinator for the Nebraska State Patrol and coordinator for a statewide DV/SA response team. She is excited about the work being done in Douglas County and the DVC and is thrilled to be a part of this team.
Board Member Feature
Frankie Holeton
 My name is Frances 'Frankie' Holeton and I'm a  board member. Please allow me to share a little about myself and my work with domestic violence. 
I'm in the DV field because I believe that change is possible and I have wanted to be a part of that change, for a long time. I also hold the belief that when people know better, they will do better. I've worked in the DV field for 18 years and through my work at Catholic Charities, I am able to not only provide vulnerable women with shelter, but I can help them access the tools they need to create a better life for themselves and their children. Every day is a challenge, but it is so rewarding to hear from the women we have helped that have, through their own strength, created violence free, safe environments for their families.
When I think about why this work intersts me I find that I truly enjoy the collaboration, the partnerships that are built, and the renewal of that process as we learn more about what works. I enjoy working with our community parters to recognize the expertise and talents of thers in order to provide the best possible support for all impacted by domestic violence.
The Domestic Violence Council is the setting that provides the literal space, along with the undefined space, that actively supports critical thinking. Through the leadership of the DVC, community collaborators remain grounded in that values that support transparancy and community change, the values of fair-mindedness and intellectual integrity. At Catholic Charities, we value these partnerships and are committed to the collaborative process that the DVC supports in our community. In the collaborative setting I remind myself of this quote: "Don't let the perfect be enemy of the good." - Voltaire
Feel free to reach me at: or 402-558-5700
Sharing Success:
Survivor Story

The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska's Domestic Violence Program provides services for American Indian youth and adult victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.  Culturally sensitive, confidential crisis intervention and emergency services offered through the Ponca Domestic Violence Program include advocacy and case management, community resource referrals, development of safety plans, job readiness skill building, legal and court advocacy, protection orders, shelter placement and referral, transportation, medical advocacy, support groups, and individual and group counseling. 

     The Ponca Tribe assisted Ayita (not her real name) with civil court advocacy after a referral from the Victim Witness Specialist with the US Attorney's Office in Omaha.  Ayita wanted to file a divorce and obtain custody of her three children after fleeing from an abusive marriage.  Ayita did not know that she was able to obtain a protection order to feel safer, and this option was also available for her to file in Tribal Court.  Since Ayita was new to the Omaha area, she was not familiar with the services that she was eligible for.  The Ponca Tribal Advocate got her in touch with Legal Aid of Nebraska, Women's Center for Advancement, Together Inc., and Timberlake Outreach Center for appropriate services.  Ayita also was able to get her children involved with the Ponca Tribal youth program to learn more about their Native American culture.

     Because of the information and assistance provided by the Ponca Tribe DV Advocate, Ayita filed for a divorce and a protection order.  The protection order was granted in Tribal Court and the initial divorce hearing was held.  Ayita reports that she feels safer, is now more aware of the community services and programs in Douglas County, and has a better connection with her Native American culture.  Because of the knowledge and connections that the Ponca Advocate had of community services in Douglas County and referred these services to Ayita, she now has met the goals she set for herself and understands where to turn for assistance if she should need it. 

Letter from the 
Executive Director

October is always a busy month with Domestic Violence Awareness activities.  We've been in the news with our support for Generation Hope's annual vigil on Sept. 30th and we jointly wrote an op-ed piece for the Omaha World Herald with the Women's Fund of Omaha, published in Sunday's paper on October 5th.  The DVC is networked into the fabric of our community now more than ever.  And, as this newsletter highlights, there are fantastic people throughout our community working hard to end domestic violence for individuals, and for everyone.  We're so glad Frankie is a board member and Christon just joined the DVC.  Together we can do it - we can end domestic and sexual violence.


Tara L. Muir, JD
Executive Director
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