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Local non-profit brings awareness to the rise of domestic violence

LAS VEGAS (KLAS)— October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and bringing awareness to a subject that may be laborious to focus on and even acknowledge, however for victims, domestic violence is their life.

An area non-profit advocacy group, SafeNest, who says they’re seeing shut to 40,000 victims this year alone in Clark county. That’s a a lot larger quantity than in years prior.

“Our homicide rate is skyrocketing I’m afraid to say, and a good portion of our homicide cases are domestic-related,” Steve Wolfson, Clark County District Attorney mentioned.

CEO of SafeNest Liz Ortenburger mentioned that for a lot of, domestic violence is seen as violence amongst {couples}, however that isn’t all the time the case. 40% of domestic violence circumstances don’t even fall underneath the intimate accomplice umbrella.

“Not only did the rates of domestic violence go up, but the depth and literal number of punches and the amount of psychological abuse, and the number of curse words,” Ortenburger mentioned. “For example, all of these things, exponentially raised within households, because we have a stressed-out community.”

For the victims, getting assist isn’t the best, as usually abusers will hone in on what they really feel they’ll management. However, officers say coming ahead is the finest step anybody can absorb in search of justice.

“It’s essential that they participate in the court process because these are criminal cases. In order to move forward, we need to have witnesses and evidence,” Wolfson added.

SafeNest shall be internet hosting its third annual Run for Hope 5K, on Saturday, Oct. 16, to have fun, commemorate and honor victims, survivors, and households impacted by domestic violence.  For extra data on how to take part go to here.

SafeNest has a 24-hour disaster hotline for any victims who’re in want of assist. They might be reached by calling or texting 702-646-4981.

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