WELCOME

Welcome to AVA's online website. 

The mission of AVA is to empower those victimized by abuse and/or violence through advocacy and crisis intervention and to raise awareness in the community about the cause, impact, and prevention of relationship abuse, sexual violence, bullying, and child abuse and neglect. 
The Family Advocacy Program supports and promotes volunteer advocacy to protect the best interests of children in the Child Welfare System in Humboldt, Pershing, and Lander Counties in Nevada.

Don't be a victim, become a survivor!


In a first-ever collaboration of its kind in Nevada, AVA and the Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) have entered into a collaborative agreement to establish the Family Advocacy Program for Humboldt and Lander Counties!


The Family Advocacy Program is to enable AVA to provide volunteers as requested by DCFS to assist in providing an array of services to support youths and families who are involved in the Child Welfare System.
Want to help make a difference in a child’s life? Help victims become survivors? Be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves? We need you!


Did you know there are FREE parenting classes in Nevada?  You can take them online, anytime. Earn required hours and learn! Many, many topics to choose from and more are always being added.  Visit: www.qpinevada.org  


Want to help make a difference in a child’s life? Help victims become survivors? Be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves? We need you!


Seeking male and female volunteers in all areas: from crisis intervention, advocacy, board members (4 hours a year minimum commitment), outreach awareness, writing, etc. For some, you don't even need to be local- only a desire to help and Care!  Training is done locally and much of it is done when you can fit it into your schedule.  Hours are flexible!


To be eligible, volunteers must be:

• Age 21 or over (depending on type of volunteering sought. Please see below for examples. Other AVA programs accepts volunteers 13 or older).
• Submit to state and federal background checks, Central Registry Screening for Child Abuse, and fingerprinting.
• Must not have been convicted of a DUI in the past 5 years or fined for used of a cellular or mobile device while driving within the past 3 years.
• Must adhere to strict confidentiality rules and laws and follow all mandatory reporting requirements for Nevada.
• 3 references (must not be related to you).
• Must be able to effectively communicate via written and oral communication, be familiar with email and basic computer skills.
• 25 hours of pre-service training is required, some of which can be done via independent study. 12 hours training annually is required. Some recent training in the required areas may be used for pre-service training hours. Proof of training must be provided.
• Volunteer schedule is extremely flexible- YOU tell US when you can volunteer and what type of volunteering you feel comfortable with! A minimum of 3 hours a month is requested.

If someone would like to volunteer but does not meet all these requirements, it does not automatically exclude you from volunteering! There is an array of volunteering that may be done with AVA. In order to work with clients as a Family and Youth Advocate, all the above standards must be met, with the exception of our Teen Crisis Program, where age requirements are 13 and older.
Other ways to volunteer is to assist with outreach awareness, grant writing, social media and other forms of public relations, crisis intervention, bullying and bystander intervention, teen advocacy, fundraising, administrative assistance. Volunteers fluent in Spanish are very much needed!


Applications can be found on our website at
www.Humboldtava.com or we can email one to you (our email is Humboldtava@sbcglobal.net).

Help make a difference in a life!
Remember: there's no such thing as "too little help"! Even an hour a month can help make a world of difference!











 For current news and how to get involved, please click on the "News" and other links on the right.

Advocates for Victims of Abuse (AVA) for the prevention, education, and advocacy against relationship abuse, sexual violence, bullying, and child abuse and neglect in Humboldt County, Winnemucca, NV.

We collaborate with community agencies and organizations to raise awareness and education about relationship abuse and sexual violence, prevention, and what to do in case of a sexual assault. We also provide referrals and resources to local and statewide agencies and programs that can assist the survivors of relationship abuse and sexual violence and their loved ones affected by the trauma.

We provide on-call advocacy for relationship abuse and sexual assault support services, with trained advocates in crisis intervention and support services.

The mission of AVA is to empower those victimized by abuse and/or violence through advocacy and crisis intervention and to raise awareness in the community about the cause, impact, and prevention of relationship abuse, sexual violence, child abuse and neglect, and bullying.
The Family Advocacy Program supports and promotes volunteer advocacy to protect the best interests of children in the Child Welfare System in Humboldt and Lander Counties in Nevada.

Don't be a victim, become a survivor!


Contact Information:
Mailing Address: 
Humboldt AVA
26 Twyila Court
Winnemucca, NV 89445
Phone: 775-623-2328, 775-304-3377 or 775-722-4564
E-Mail: humboldtava@sbcglobal.net
Website: http://www.humboldtava.com/

Nevada Sex Offender Registry Search
http://www.nvsexoffenders.gov/Search.aspx





 




Save the Next Girl and Share!



It may not be Spring yet, but Spring Fever is in the air!  With it comes the wine walks, beer crawls, weekends filled with outdoor events with large crowds and more tourists.  It is a fantastic time in Winnemucca!

But, as with anything- we should never forget safety.  We get calls for assistance for sexual assault victims all the time, many involving the same scenario of the violence occurring in a public place.  Let me make this clear: It is never the victims fault!  As sad as it is, we must remain diligent and cautious because rapists look for opportunities to commit rape.  As of the day of this writing, the end of February 2017, our organization has already received three calls for assistance from victims of sexual assault that occurred right here in Winnemucca. Think it doesn’t happen here? Think again.

The following 50 tips are from members of Help Save The Next Girl. Adults and college-aged students contributed to the list of tips. How do you keep yourself safe? How do you help save the next girl, or boy, or senior citizen, or child? Talk to your friends and ask them how they stay safe.  
  • Always use the buddy system when going out, especially at night.
  • If you are walking alone and suddenly notice you are being followed, call the police.
  • If it is safe to do so, make eye contact with the person that you feel is suspicious. Even say something to them. Now that you have seen their face and could identify them you lose appeal as a target.
  • Learn to make mental notes about identifying features of a person, as if the police is going to need those details.
  • When you are walking alone make sure you aren't looking down at your phone, texting or scrolling through social media. Be alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not have ear buds in when walking at night by yourself.
  • Stand between the control panel and the door when in an elevator. That way if someone enters and you feel uneasy you can easily press a button to get off at the next available floor.
  • Have keys in hand when walking to your car so you don't have to be fishing through your bag or coat to find them once you get there.
  • Try not to sit in your car and mess around on your phone after you have parked at your destination.
  • Lock your car doors while you pump gas so that no one can enter the car while you aren't looking.
  • Always tell someone you trust where you are going. If it's to someone's house provide an address.
  • Change your routine. Don't drive or walk the same routes every day.
  • If you are getting pulled over by an unmarked car, you can dial 911 to verify that the person pulling you over is a police officer. If you are unsure, do not pull over until it is verified.
  • Choose parking spaces that are well lit.
  • Choose parking spaces that are not boxed in by vans or trucks.
  • Crack, never roll down, your car window.
  • If you think you are being followed, trust your instincts and take action. Never drive towards your house or destination. Drive to the police department.
  • At a party, don't leave your drink unattended. And if someone offers to buy you a drink, watch the bartender make it.
  • If you have to meet with someone you don't know well, meet at a public place instead of their house.
  • Keep the doors of your home locked at all times, even when you are inside.
  • If you have to walk your dog at night, attach a pepper spray key chain to the leash and stay on well lit roads.
  • After getting into your car lock the doors right away.
  • Don't post on social media where you are going. Wait until you have left to post it. For example don't say heading for a run on the local trail.  Wait until after the run to post either the picture or status.
  • Make your social media private and don't post your address, telephone number, or email on there.
  • Take a self-defense course. Many universities and police departments offer them free.
  • Invest in pepper spray or, if you can find it, pepper gel--it's better because the wind doesn't blow the spray towards you or away from your attacker.
  • Put the pepper gel spray and a flat flashlight on your keychain.
  • Put a strong whistle on your keychain.
  • Always, always let someone know where you are at all times, when you should be expected to be home or arrive at your destination. Also tell them the route that you are taking if you know this ahead of time.
  • Always keep your cell phone fully charged.
  • Inspect your apartment window and door locks, and if they are faulty, insist that the apartment managers pay for their repair.
  • Don't be home alone for any workman appointment.
  • Don't study late in isolated places on campus alone.
  • Inspect your windows' blinds. Use them.
  • Make strong understandings with your roommates. No one leaves the apartment open, and extra keys aren't available to just anyone.
  • If you hear hate talk, or violent talk, or objectifying talk, even if it is couched in humor, call it to everyone's attention publicly, and report it assertively.
  • Be careful in public places who overhears your plans.
  • If you see a young woman in trouble, if she is hurt, impaired, or seems vulnerable to you, alert her friends or the police.
  • Have conversations with restaurant, night club, concert security, or bar owners when you are there. Ask them how they protect their clients. Ask them how they Help Save the Next Girl..
  • Relationship violence doesn't have to be between strangers of a couple. It can be friend on friend.
  • Know what relationship red flags are, and look for them.

Many thanks to Help Save the Next Girl for these tips!

Volunteers Needed!


Humboldt Ava needs your help!!! We are an all-volunteer organization. Volunteers are needed in different capacities: some are crisis intervention and community advocates, some volunteers assist with donations such as sorting, cleaning and dispersing, Supervised Visitations and foster and kinship family support with our Family Advocacy Program, help with outreach awareness, some are teens working as teen advocates, some help with writing press releases and other communications, and more. Apply at www.humboldtava.com com today! Teens, adults, elderly- we need everyone!)
*To help with our Family Advocacy Program and supervised visits, you MUST be 21 years of age, pass a criminal background check and submit fingerprints*
We provide crisis intervention 24/7, community advocacy for victims of crime and personal trauma, including but not limited to: sexual violence, relationship violence, child abuse and neglect, foster and kinship support, bullying, suicide prevention and bystander intervention, elderly abuse, substance abuse support, legal and medical advocacy and accompaniment, and resources and referrals.
We are always in need of more helping hands, and financial donations are desperately needed too! $5, $10, every bit helps! Tax-deductible!
You can help us by donating at the site below, or go to our website at www.humboldtava.com . We have a Paypal link for easy donations, and you'll also find our volunteer application there if you feel you have a couple hours to spare a month (time spent volunteering is completely up to you!)
Remember: There's no such thing as "too little time" when it comes to volunteering- every second counts!

Humboldt AVA and WAR work to protect animals as part of victim of crime services!


Victims Left Behind No More!


 New Service Now Provided by Humboldt AVA


We often receive calls from victims of crimes such as domestic and family violence, stalking and sexual abuse.  Very few people know of someone who has not been a victim of one of these crimes.  Here in Humboldt County we see it all the time- daily.  It rarely begins with any physical violence; it begins with emotional, verbal, and economic abuse.  

According the Nevada Attorney General’s Domestic Violence Resource Manual, “Domestic violence has evolved from a private, family matter, cloaked in secrecy and shame, to the recognition of domestic violence as a crime involving the use of power, coercion and violence to control another. To that end, domestic violence crimes are treated in the same manner as more random crimes against persons. However, domestic violence is different from such crimes because a perpetrator and victim are, by definition, never strangers, but rather partners in an intimate relationship, family members, or parents of common children. Thus, the victim is bound to the perpetrator in ways not commonly seen in traditional crimes against a person – the victim may rely on the perpetrator for economic support or child support, as the co-parent of their children or as a parent…Thus, domestic violence generally is defined as a violent crime committed in the context of an intimate relationship. Ongoing domestic violence is characterized by a pattern of escalating abuse in which one partner in the relationship controls the other through force, deprivation and/or the threat of deprivation or violence.”*

Nevada Revised Statute 33.018 states, “1. Domestic violence occurs when a person commits one of the following acts against or upon the person’s spouse or former spouse, any other person to whom the person is related by blood or marriage, any other person with whom the person is or was actually residing, any other person with whom the person has had or is having a dating relationship, any other person with whom the person has a child in common, the minor child of any of those persons, the person’s minor child or any other person who has been appointed the custodian or legal guardian for the person’s minor child:
(a) A battery.
(b) An assault.
(c) Compelling the other person by force or threat of force to perform an act from which the other person has the right to refrain or to refrain from an act which the other person has the right to perform.
(d) A sexual assault.
(e) A knowing, purposeful or reckless course of conduct intended to harass the other person. Such conduct may include, but is not limited to:
Stalking.
Arson.
Trespassing.
Larceny.
Destruction of private property.
Carrying a concealed weapon without a permit.
Injuring or killing an animal.
(f) A false imprisonment.
(g) Unlawful entry of the other person’s residence, or forcible entry against the other person’s will if there is a reasonably foreseeable risk of harm to the other person from the entry.
Protection orders allow a person seeking protection to list their animals as protected parties. But what happens when a protection order is not granted (as they often are not here anymore), and the victim often has no place left to go except back into the home, often with their children?  An additional issue is when they are able to obtain emergency shelter, they may not be able to take their animals with them.  Out of fear for the animals’ safety, they will stay in the dangerous environment, putting all their lives at risk.

In domestic violence, child abuse and elder abuse cases, actual or threatened animal abuse can be a way for the abuser to silence victims about the incident or to prevent them from leaving. Abusers kill, hurt or threaten animals to exert power over the human victims and to show them what could happen to them. Killing a family pet can eliminate a source of comfort and support for the human victim. Animal abuse is part of the cycle of violence. Children living in homes with domestic violence and animal abuse absorb unhealthy attitudes and family norms and pass these patterns down to their own children when they grow up.

Because this issue has come up more often in the past few months than ever before, with some very sad and traumatic outcomes, Humboldt AVA has teamed up with Winnemucca Animal Rescue to provide “foster homes” for animals who are endangered because of violence.  We do have some animal foster homes secured now, and if anyone is in need of this service, please contact us.

More animal foster homes are also needed!  Names and addresses are kept confidential and financial assistance while the animal is in your care may be available. Please contact us if you’re interested.

Contact information: email us at humboldtava@sbcglobal.net or call or text 775-304-3377 or 775-722-4564 or visit our website at www.humboldtava.com or visit us on Facebook.

  *NV AG’s Domestic Violence Resource Manual: http://ag.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/agnvgov/Content/Hot_Topics/Victims/DomesticViolenceResourceManual.pdf

Stalking- Nevada Laws and Facts



talking is a very serious crime that is often under-reported.  Those that have reported the crime are numbered at over 3 million people in the United States every year.  Stalking victims are often stalked by someone they know or a person they were once in a relationship with.  It is estimated that in every 1 out of 5 stalking cases, violence escalates and a weapon is used.

When we think of stalking, we think of someone who hides outside a person’s house and follows them.  Nevada Revised Statue 200.575 states “A person who, without lawful authority, willfully or maliciously engages in a course of conduct that would cause a reasonable person to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated or harassed, and that actually causes the victim to feel terrorized, frightened, intimidated or harassed, commits the crime of stalking.”  The NRS under Section 3 has been amended to include technology to say “A person who commits the crime of stalking with the use of an Internet or network site or electronic mail or any other similar means of communication to publish, display or distribute information in a manner that substantially increases the risk of harm or violence to the victim shall be punished for a category C felony as provided in NRS 193.130.”  Simply put, stalking and cyberstalking are crimes.

With the ever-growing field of technology, there’s a new way of stalking “cyber stalking”.
What exactly is cyberstalking?  Cyberstalking is almost always characterized by the stalker relentlessly pursuing his\her victim online and is much more likely to include some form of offline attack, as well (OVW 2010). This offline aspect makes it a more serious situation as it can easily lead to dangerous physical contact, if the victim’s location is known.
Cyberstalkers often begin their stalking behavior in ways planned to cause distress to the victim, or make them the subject of harassment by others. They may pretend to be the victim and post offensive comments or send offensive messages in their name. They may send hateful communications to family, friends and coworkers, either posing as the victim or “anonymous”. The victim’s computer may be hacked or their email accounts broken into, or the password is changed and the victim locked out of their own accounts.  Recently, the Department of Justice showed that technology, including Internet services such as email and instant messaging along with other technology, like GPS and computer spyware like IP sniffers, have been used to harass one in four stalking victims. That converts into about 1.2 million victims whose stalkers have used some form of technology to find them no matter where they are.


Cyberstalkers often begin their stalking behavior in ways planned to cause distress to the victim, or make them the subject of harassment by others. They may pretend to be the victim and post offensive comments or send offensive messages in their name. They may send hateful communications to family, friends and coworkers, either posing as the victim or “anonymous”. The victim’s computer may be hacked or their email accounts broken into, or the password is changed and the victim locked out of their own accounts. The victim may be signed-up for spam, porn sites and questionable offers.

In the most dangerous kind of cases, the cyberstalker posts the name, address and phone number of the victim online, may pose as them, and solicit sexual activities. In a California case, a stalker posted his victims’ name and address online and solicited group sex. The woman had never used the computer before, but found herself facing angry men at her door, expecting sexual services.

Most often, a cyberstalker is found to be someone the victim knows. It might be someone they have been in a relationship with, been to school or worked with. If a person believes they may be a victim of stalking or cyberstalking, contact your local law enforcement. Save any information such as emails, texts, virus scans that show positive for a tracer, etc. Emails and logs can be traced by ISP. Remember: No one has the right to harass or threaten anyone or make them fear their safety.
The fear a stalking victim feels has additional consequences.  Anxiety, insomnia, social dysfunction, and severe depression are only a few of the serious side effects a victim may experience, and these issues rarely go away when the stalking stops.  Many will suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, which can take years to overcome.

We applaud the lawmakers who have amended the NRS 200.575 under Section 3 to include cyberstalking as a crime.  We applaud our local community agencies and organizations that help to educate and to raise awareness about the seriousness of stalking and to help victims.

As the old proverb says, “A life lived in fear is a life half lived”.  It’s our hope that by working together for our community’s safety and well-being that we may help those in need to no longer live in fear.