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 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!
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!
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.


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/

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http://www.nvsexoffenders.gov/Search.aspx





 




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.

Coping with PTSD During the Holidays: Some Tips



Coping with PTSD During the Holidays: Some Tips

If you are wondering why you have difficulty surrounding holidays and/or anniversaries of traumatic dates – YOU ARE NOT ALONE.  These dates can creep up on us and without realizing it often weeks or more before, the trauma reaction side effects appear and intensified.  Our conscious minds do not necessarily assist us in connecting these dots but our subconscious most certainly does remember. Cell memory wins…

1. Create the holiday that you want. Sometimes during the holidays a sense of control is forfeited as the holiday plans suddenly spring up around you. This lack of control can actually make PTSD symptoms (like anxiety) worse. To get back some of this control, plan the holiday that you want instead of something that Martha Stewart insists you should want. Go to the events that really appeal to you and plan experiences that don’t trigger you such as putting decorations on a tree at home with family rather than going to huge party. Set up new traditions that don’t trigger PTSD symptoms.

2.  Tackle the reality of your PTSD head-on. So many families avoid talking about a loved one’s PTSD but I would recommend just the opposite. Sit down with your loved ones and talk about what might be triggering during the holidays and what could happen, and what is okay for you and what isn’t. Then everyone is on the same page and understands that you’re not being antisocial or rude by excusing yourself but, rather, you’re taking care of yourself.

3. When it is not possible and or the event signifies one that you must participate in, try to stay in the moment practice grounding techniques and other modalities that you have found helpful.

4. Try not to think ahead, sometimes even the thought of being around people who don’t understand your state of mind, is enough to bring on a surge of anxiety. Know it is perfectly normal not to want to be around anyone at all.

5. Strategize ~ Decide in advance who you want to see if you do and who you don’t, what you will do and what you won’t. Plan out your activities so you spend the most time with people who are good for you and minimize contact with everyone else.

6. Have an escape plan ~ you can’t always anticipate how you’re going to feel and who’s going to say or do what affects you. Have a backup plan so that if you need to make a quick getaway you have an out.

7. Take Time out ~ It is important to plan in advance or be prepared to take down times to decompress. It’s best to decide in advance how that will work best.
8. Do What feels most comfortable ~ It’s ok for you to say “NO” pick and choose what you want to participate in and then draw the line. Setting boundaries in respect to others expectations is very important.

9. Pace yourself ~ If you feel overwhelmed, slow down. It’s better to break plans than to follow through with them when you feel you are walking into a situation you don’t want to be in. When you feel you are reaching your limit pull back and don’t feel guilty about it.  Accept that you can’t do everything all at once.  However, better to pace yourself and attend part of it then to push too hard and end up missing everything.

10. Listening to your needs is an on going process.  Your body really does whisper first before screaming at you.  If you feel uncomfortable with someone or in a situation, LISTEN TO THAT FEELING.  Your spidey sense went off and is trying to warn you.

11. Maintain your privacy ~ Properly managing PTSD during anniversaries of traumatic events or holidays does not require you to explain this trauma response or the cause or justify your feelings to everyone you know. It’s alright to decline an invitation without giving a full explanation as to why. Certainly share your reason with people you trust and love, but for others a simple, “NO” thank you,” is enough.

12. Do what feels right for you In every moment follow your intuition. Your own inner voice knows what you need, and how and when listen to it. Be kind to yourself and keep your own inner voice in check, healing takes time and this challenging survivor path you are on is not easy, we know this.

13. Never let the fear of what other people think stop you from being yourself.
If at all possible do whatever you can to find a reason to laugh it is incredible medicine, be kind to yourself and know you are loved.

Reminder – You can light up a pitch black room with one tiny candle but you can’t do the opposite.

This column s not a substitute for medical advice.


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Did you know November is National Adoption and Caregiver Month? 



As part of raising awareness we want to let you all know about an amazing site that offers a tremendous amount of information and free online classes for all caregivers-and those who work in the field too. 


Thanks to the state of Nevada, this site is AWESOME! We encourage everyone to take a look at it. Absolutely FREE! You can watch the videos and earn certificates in each section, watch from computer, phone, kindle, etc. anytime.


Click on the link, go to "rural training" (unless you're in the Clark or Washoe areas) and a very long list of all the topics and videos will show up. Some are short, some longer, all worthwhile!
EXCELLENT for caregivers, parents, foster families, and those of us who work in the field. So many excellent topics and sections to choose from and they meet state requirements for parents and caregivers who may need the courses. :-D


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