The holidays are among us and this year – as we do every year – the Domestic Violence Resource Center is focused on helping domestic violence survivors and their families work to rebuild safe and hopeful lives. We’re grateful for the many brave individuals we have the opportunity of serving, and also for you – whose support helps to make our work possible. To increase awareness of this work, please consider sharing information about our holiday campaign and encourage others to participate.

Our holiday campaign begins with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and that’s just the beginning.

The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign (November 25-December 10) is a strategy for individuals and groups around the world to call for the elimination of all forms of gender-based violence. This year’s campaign focuses on the issue of ending femicide. According to the World Health Organization, “Femicide is generally understood to involve intentional murder of women because they are women, but broader definitions include any killings of women or girls.”

Significantly, Nevada is ranked in the top ten in the nation for the number of women murdered by men for eight consecutive years (Violence Policy Center, 2019 homicide data). The statistics are staggering and only represent reported femicide cases, unfortunately, there are so many cases that go unreported.

The key to addressing the epidemic starts with awareness and education. This year the Domestic Violence Resource Center is partnering with the Zonta Club of Reno to encourage the community to create short videos that will be compiled into a collage and posted on social media each day of the 16 Day Campaign.

There are two ways to participate:

One- Anyone can make a 15-20 second video completing the sentence,
“I stand against gender-based violence because…”.

Domestic Violence Resource Center Development Coordinator, Alyssa Ropell’s response to the first prompt.

Two- We’d like to showcase (1-2 minute) survivor stories, lessons learned as a survivor, victim advocate/volunteer testimonies, service providers’ community impacts, and any others who might want to lend their voice to the conversation.

Together, these videos will help tell a story of why it is so important to get the issue of gender violence out in the open. These are not intended to be professional videos, but honest statements from individuals who have been affected and/or help provide services in the domestic violence field.

The deadline to submit your video is Wednesday, November 24. Please upload your video here:

Please contact Alyssa Ropell Development Coordinator with the Domestic Violence Resource Center at alyssar@domesticviolenceresourcecenter or at 775.329.4150 with your questions or comments about participating in the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign.
Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Giving is the best gift this holiday season. Through AmazonSmile you can help support the Domestic Violence Resource Center every time you shop, at no cost to you. Use this link to participate:

You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of each purchase to the Domestic Violence Resource Center.

While you are on AmazonSmile, please consider purchasing items from our wish list that are of greatest need.
Giving Tuesday is November 30th!

The Domestic Violence Resource Center celebrates #GivingTuesday and pledges to continue its investment in its life-saving supportive services for domestic violence victims and their families. This #GivingTuesday, everyone can have an impact. Pledge your time, skills, voice, or dollars by engaging in the activities listed above as well as:
Make a financial contribution through Facebook. Facebook is matching donations received on November 30th.
You can also donate anytime on our website:
Donate gift cards to retailers like Wal-Mart and Target which enable our residents to purchase holiday gifts for their children. Please send all donations to 1735 Vassar St. We are open Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Volunteer with the organization, help answer the 24-hour hotline, attend events, provide administrative support, and more. Please contact Aria Overli at for more information about volunteer opportunities.

Thank you for supporting survivors this holiday season,

Judi Howell
Executive Director