April 2015 Newsletter
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Omaha Statistics
In 2014, Omaha Police documented 216 incidents of adult sexual assault with 51 arrests. Included in those numbers are 38 cases involving intimate partners with 10 of those perpetrators arrested. Did you know that Nebraska was the first state in the country to enact a marital rape law, where a spouse could no longer be immune to prosecution? It happened it 1976. To find out more...

Sexual violence is any sexual activity where consent is not freely given.

If you have been sexually assaulted or know someone who has, there is help in our community. Methodist Hospital provides the SANE/SART Survivor Program which is available to anyone who has experienced domestic violence or sexual assault. Special rooms are available for evidence collection and showers. Services are available 24/7 at both Methodist Hospitals. Additionally, there is always the Women's Center for Advancement (WCA) hotline serving all genders: 402-345-7273. 
REGISTER NOW!!
DVC's Annual Breakfast 
and Conference
Only 8 Days Left to Register!

"IT STARTS WITH US"
Honoring the Past & Challenging the Future

May 1, 2015
Ramada Inn Omaha
Breakfast 7:30-9:00 am
Conference 9:30 am- 4:30 pm
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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, men and boys. 




Public Policy Update

Educating decision makers and providing survivors a platform upon which to speak on public policy issues are priorities for the DVC.  We have opposed joint custody mandates and equal parenting time legislative proposals in family law and continued this year by opposing LB437.  Several survivors provided testimony to the committee on March 12th: one in person.  The Judiciary Committee indefinitely postponed LB437 on April 8th. 

 

While no one can be against good parents agreeing to share equal parenting time, mandating this outcome in all cases creates significant issues for victims and their children.  Read more...
Letter from the 
Executive Director

I cannot wait to introduce you to Kelly Miller at our May 1 events.  She will introduce us to the intended and unintended consequences of the battered women's movement, and provide us a framework to move from talking about risk & protective factors to talking about the intersectionality of race, class, able-ism and other oppressions.  You don't want to miss it!

  



Tara L. Muir, JD
Executive Director
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