Honoring survivors’ rights to be safe and heard

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Reno, NV – The Domestic Violence Resource Center (DVRC) proudly stands alongside those whose lives have been altered by domestic violence. We observe National Crime Victims’ Rights Week from April 21st to April 27th, 2024 as a commitment to supporting and empowering survivors on their journey towards healing and justice.

According to the 2022 report by the Nevada Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence, 24,067 crimes related to domestic violence were reported in the state. Crimes include physical abuse, child abuse, sexual assault, rape, and stalking. Behind these numbers are countless stories of pain and trauma, as survivors grapple with the lasting psychological and economic impacts of their experiences. Many survivors struggle with performance at work or school while simultaneously seeking protection and a safe place to live.

At DVRC, we understand the fear and uncertainty that often accompanies the fight for justice, and we are here to offer unwavering support every step of the way. Our team of dedicated advocates assists in accessing resources, guiding through temporary protection orders, and providing education on legal rights, especially those written under Marsy’s Law to keep survivors informed after a crime.

Our crisis support line is available 24/7 at 775.329.4150.

Marsy’s Law

The Marsy’s Law initiative was led and sponsored by Marsy’s brother, Dr. Henry T. Nicholas III, after the distressing process of bringing his sister justice, especially when the courts and law enforcement had no obligation to keep victims informed of legal proceedings. In November 2008, Marsy’s Law passed in California. This established the strongest and most comprehensive victim’s rights laws in the United States that inspired changes across the country. Marsy’s Law was passed in Nevada in 2018.

Victims’ rights described under the Nevada Constitution include reasonable notice of public proceedings; opportunity to speak at public proceedings; notification of conviction and sentencing; prioritizing the safety of the victim, the victim’s family, and the general public before parole or post-judgment release decision is made.