CCI’s Victim Services Advocate Kelly I. works with the Storey County Justice System to ensure that victims are provided the attention and support they need to leave traumatizing and abusive situations. Our Victim Services Unit tied purple ribbons all around Virginia City recently to bring awareness to this critical public health and safety issue.
Both Men and Women Can be Victims
Domestic violence outreach campaigns often focus on women, but both men and women can be and are victims of domestic violence. One study found that 40% of domestic violence victims are men. Of course, the picture is a bit more complicated: While some groups have used this figure to argue that women are just as violent as men, most domestic violence directed at men is in the form of slaps and other low-level violence. Men are significantly more likely to resort to extreme violence, to use weapons, and to kill their partners.
So while domestic violence against men does happen and is a serious problem, women remain the primary victims. But for this reason, men who have faced abuse often find themselves stigmatized and ridiculed. If someone you love says they’ve been the victim of domestic violence, you should believe and support them, since no gender is safe, and no amount of physical strength or emotional fortitude protects against abuse.
If you are a Victim of Domestic Violence please call:
Immediate emergency – 911
Victim Advocate – Kelly I. 775-720-0007
- Assistance with Protection Orders
- Court accompaniment
- Social service referrals
- Legal referrals