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Henderson Police Welcomes October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Henderson Police Victim Advocates Available at all Police Stations

October 01, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE NEWS RELEASE

PLEASE CONTACT KEITH PAUL, (702) 267-4510

Henderson, Nev. – Henderson Police are showing their support for National Domestic Violence Awareness month by putting purple magnetic ribbons on every patrol car to clearly symbolize that we stand with victims of domestic violence and are ready to provide the support they need.

As today marks the start of National Domestic Violence Awareness month, Henderson Police want to remind people that we have victim advocates available to assist those in need at all three Henderson Police Stations not just during this month, but every day.

“At the Henderson Police Department we have always been the advocate for the victims of any crime. However, we know the difficulties facing the victims of domestic violence,” Chief Patrick Moers said. “The victims may be hesitant to come forward or change their testimony to protect their abusers. Every police officer has a story of a victim later saying it didn’t happen, when we know that it did. As police officers, we have seen firsthand the devastating effect domestic violence can have on a person and on a family.”

The statistics are familiar but each number represents a person dealing with domestic violence.

  • One in every four women in this country will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
  • An estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year.
  • Almost one-third of female homicide victims that are reported in police records are killed by an intimate partner.

We arm our police officers with proper training so they can thoroughly investigate the domestic violence calls. The officers know how to react in those situations to help the victim to try to break the cycle of violence the victims have been going through, sometimes for years.

Victim advocates are also available to provide victims with advocacy and support while at the same time educating the victims on their rights.

 “At the Henderson Police Department, we have always been advocates for victims of crimes,” Chief Moers said. “We are proud to offer these very important services to those in the community who have found themselves the victim of a crime. Coming forward sometimes is the hardest step. The Henderson Police Department and the victim advocates are there to make that first step easier.”

Helping victims through the process has always been a priority for the Henderson Police Department. Victims often have had to endure physical and emotional wounds from the crime and find a confusing and sometimes hostile criminal justice system. We find increasingly that our society is quick to blame victims for the crimes against them; however, the victims not only need, but deserve our help.

The Henderson Police Department is part of the Henderson Coordinated Community Response (HCCR) Program, a network of community partners working together toward the prevention and protection of victims of violence and domestic abuse. Established in 2007, the Henderson city attorney’s office spearheaded this coordinated effort with various public and private agencies working closely with law enforcement agencies, domestic violence groups and other community resources.

In 2012, the Henderson Police Department responded to over 6,000 family disturbances. Through the support of HCCR, many of these victims received financial assistance for rent and utility payments. HCCR also provides referrals for temporary housing as well as counseling and legal services.

Victim advocates are at each of the Henderson Police Stations:

East Community Police Station:
223 Lead St., Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (702) 267-4727
North Community Police Station:
225 E. Sunset Rd., Tuesday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (702) 267-4738
West Community Police Station:
300 S. Green Valley Pkwy., Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (702) 267-5077

Victim Advocates are able to provide a variety of services including:

  • Crisis intervention
  • Safety planning
  • Assistance in filling out, processing and filing Temporary Protection Order Applications
  • Keeping victims updated on the status of the criminal case
  • Assistance in filing for Victims of Crime Compensation Program for crime related expenses
  • Court accompaniment, emotional support, information and guidance through the criminal court process
  • Victim Advocates do not, however, give legal advice.

For more information about the Henderson Police Department Victim/Witness program go to the Police Department page on the city of Henderson’s website: cityofhenderson.com/police or call (702) 267-4727

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