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. 
Don't be a victim, become a survivor!


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!
*ALL volunteers must be able to pass a background check and application with references is required*
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 sexual assault 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.

Don't be a victim, become a survivor!


Contact Information:
Mailing Address: 
Humboldt AVA
P.O. Box 1338
Winnemucca, NV 89446
Phone: 775-623-2328, 775-304-1243
E-Mail: humboldtava@sbcglobal.net
Website: http://www.humboldtava.com/

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Press Release: One Billion Rising in Winnemucca, NV!




One Billion Rising in Winnemucca, NV



Press Release by Sarah Reno Baker, Volunteer Advocate



Get involved, participate, and share the word with this AWESOME event! From February 14 through March 8th we encourage people to to share their stories through words, pictures, and video, and help to end violence against women! Education is the key to awareness, so let's start educating and get involved! As we at Humboldt AVA say, "Don't be a victim, become a survivor!" Let's empower women all over the world!

WHAT IS ONE BILLION RISING?
About One Billion Rising*

One Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The campaign, launched on Valentine’s Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than ONE BILLION WOMEN AND GIRLS. On 14 February 2013, people across the world came together to express their outrage, strike, dance, and RISE in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women. On 14 February 2014, One Billion Rising for Justice focused on the issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence, and highlighted the impunity that lives at the intersection of poverty, racism, war, the plunder of the environment, capitalism, imperialism, and patriarchy. For the third year of the campaign, One Billion Rising’s global coordinators chose the theme of “Revolution” as an escalation of the demand for justice, and to build upon the massive efforts of communities worldwide that also looked at the roots and causes of violence as part of their call for justice. On (or around) 14 February 2015, millions of activists in over 200 countries gathered to Rise for REVOLUTION, to change the paradigm, demand accountability, justice and systematic CHANGE. We are rising to show we are determined to create a new kind of consciousness – one where violence will be resisted until it is unthinkable. In 2016, the theme of Revolution continues with a call to focus on marginalised women and to bring national and international focus to their issues; to bring in new artistic energy; to amplify Revolution as a call for system change to end violence against women and girls; to call on people to rise for others, and not just for ourselves.

ABOUT THE EVENT**
Participate any time, anywhere beginning February 14, 2016 through March 8, 2016!

Get up and dance! In your house, your workplace, your school, anywhere YOU feel survivors of violence and those who love them should feel safe and entitled to justice! Send us your videos or pics of you and loved ones dancing in support of survivors of violence everywhere (images will not be posted without permission from all individuals featured)!

 On 14 February 2016, we are escalating our efforts, calling on women and men everywhere to RISE, RELEASE, DANCE, and demand JUSTICE! Through our collective efforts we mobilised, engaged, awakened and joined people worldwide to end violence against women. We made violence against women a global human issue not relegated to country or tribe or class or religion. We revealed it as a patriarchal mandate, present in every culture of the world. In our justice campaign we made visible, volatile and impacting connections between violence against women and economic, environmental, racial, gender injustice.

We formed new and hopefully lasting coalitions between existing groups and individuals not only within the women’s movement but also between people’s movements covering diverse sectors. We showed that there is nothing more powerful than global solidarity as it makes all of us safer in our outspokenness, braver in what we feel willing to do. It inspires all of us to go further when we know the eyes of the world are on us.

Through One Billion Rising laws were created, passed and enforced. Leaders were born, politicians were held to the fire, major and invisible injustices were highlighted and proven undeniable. Our cries for each of our particular justices rose and merged in a sea of cries and demands, creating a new collage, a new collective vision and radical landscape of what a just world might look like for women and girls. Everyone faced obstacles, attack, doubt, distrust, questions, lack of resources, impossible odds, family needs, and went beyond where even we thought we could go. So we have much to celebrate!

What we also did was show the power of art and dance and the astonishing and political alchemy that occurs when art and activism happen simultaneously. Dance is one of the most powerful forces on the earth and we have only just begun to tap into where it can take us. The struggle of humanity is the struggle to return to our bodies. Through trauma, cruelty, shame, oppression, violence, rape, exclusion, the body of the human species has been hurt, wounded, and we have been forced to flee our bodies. This same cruelty, rape oppression, has been enacted on the earth and the consequences have been dire. We are verging on total catastrophe and collapse of life as we know it. Dancing allows us to come back into our bodies as individuals and groups and a world, it connects our feet to the earth and inspires us to move to her rhythms. It allows us to go further, to include everyone, to tap into a revolutionary and poetic energy, which is inviting us to take the lid off the patriarchal container releasing more of our wisdom, our self love, our sexuality, our compassion, and fierceness. Dancing is defiance. It is joyous and raging. It is contagious and free and beyond corporate or state control. We have only begun to dance. This year we must continue to go much further.

We must go all the way and make the change!



ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
ADVOCATES FOR VICTIMS OF ABUSE (AVA)

Advocates for Victims of Abuse is a 501(c)(3) community-based program 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, sexual violence, child abuse and neglect, and bullying 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 community advocacy.
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.


*www.onebillionrising.org


**http://www.onebillionrising.org/events/1-billion-rising-for-justice-in-winnemucca/



One Billion Rising in Winnemucca, NV!


One Billion Rising in Winnemucca, NV!

Participate any time, anywhere beginning February 14, 1016 through March 8, 2016! Get up and dance! In your house, your workplace, your school, anywhere YOU feel survivors of violence and those who love them should feel safe and entitled to justice! Send us your pictures, stories, and videos of you and loved ones dancing in support of survivors of violence everywhere (videos and pictures will not be posted without permission)!

On 14 February 2014* , we are escalating our efforts, calling on women and men everywhere to RISE, RELEASE, DANCE, and demand JUSTICE! Through our collective efforts we mobilized, engaged, awakened and joined people worldwide to end violence against women.

We made violence against women a global human issue not relegated to country or tribe or class or religion. We revealed it as a patriarchal mandate, present in every culture of the world. In our justice campaign we made visible, volatile and impacting connections between violence against women and economic, environmental, racial, gender injustice.

We formed new and hopefully lasting coalitions between existing groups and individuals not only within the women’s movement but also between people’s movements covering diverse sectors. We showed that there is nothing more powerful than global solidarity as it makes all of us safer in our outspokenness, braver in what we feel willing to do. It inspires all of us to go further when we know the eyes of the world are on us.

Through One Billion Rising laws were created, passed and enforced. Leaders were born, politicians were held to the fire, major and invisible injustices were highlighted and proven undeniable. Our cries for each of our particular justices rose and merged in a sea of cries and demands, creating a new collage, a new collective vision and radical landscape of what a just world might look like for women and girls. Everyone faced obstacles, attack, doubt, distrust, questions, lack of resources, impossible odds, family needs, and went beyond where even we thought we could go. So we have much to celebrate. What we also did was show the power of art and dance and the astonishing and political alchemy that occurs when art and activism happen simultaneously.

Dance is one of the most powerful forces on the earth and we have only just begun to tap into where it can take us. The struggle of humanity is the struggle to return to our bodies. Through trauma, cruelty, shame, oppression, violence, rape, exclusion, the body of the human species has been hurt, wounded, and we have been forced to flee our bodies. This same cruelty, rape oppression, has been enacted on the earth and the consequences have been dire. We are verging on total catastrophe and collapse of life as we know it.

Dancing allows us to come back into our bodies as individuals and groups and a world, it connects our feet to the earth and inspires us to move to her rhythms. It allows us to go further, to include everyone, to tap into a revolutionary and poetic energy, which is inviting us to take the lid off the patriarchal container releasing more of our wisdom, our self love, our sexuality, our compassion, and fierceness.

Dancing is defiance. It is joyous and raging. It is contagious and free and beyond corporate or state control. We have only begun to dance. This year we must continue to go much further. We must go all the way and make the change.





Learn more about One Billion Rising by going to their website:  http://www.onebillionrising.org/



We Never Outgrow the Need for Family




“I always questioned if I was ready to adopt and then realized no child was ready to be an orphan.” ~ Unknown


 

There are more than 100,000 children and youth involved with U.S. foster care waiting for permanent families. November is National Adoption Month and this year's theme, "We Never Outgrow the Need for Family" highlights older youth waiting for adoption.  Creating lifelong connections for these young people is critical to helping them prepare and succeed as they enter adulthood.


This year, National Adoption Month focuses on our nation's population of older youth in foster care who need loving, permanent families. According to the FY 2014 Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System Report, there were 415,000 children/ youth in foster care on September 30, 2014, and 108,000 of these children/youth were waiting to be adopted. Of  all the children/youth waiting to be adopted, about 9% are between the ages of 15–18. Adolescence is a time in life where supportive adults and caring role models are needed in critical ways, yet older youth in foster care often face significant barriers to permanency. This November, we want to stress the importance of creating lifelong connections for our young people, before they age out, so they have the stability and support they need as they transition to adulthood and throughout their lives.


During this year’s National Adoption Month webinar held on October 6, Mary Lee, Esq. shared her adoption story. Mary first came into foster care around age 12. By age 16, Mary was considered “unadoptable” and on track to age out. One week before her 18th birthday, she was adopted. As an adolescent, Mary knew she wanted the permanence of a family and recalls the years before her adoption was finalized as being filled with uncertainty and fear of what the future might hold. Like Mary, older youth adopted from foster care are more likely to finish high school, go to college, and be more emotionally secure than their peers who remain in, or age out of foster care without permanent connections. There are over 23,000 youth that emancipate from foster care each year without the benefit of a planned permanent family living arrangement. Adoptive parents provide the guidance and support that an emerging adult needs to enroll in college or find a job. They will be there for important life events, from graduation to a first job promotion, marriage or the birth of a child.


All prospective parents must complete a home study and an educational component before adopting a child. The home study is conducted by a social worker who interviews you and your family over several weeks. The social worker is not looking for perfection. The home study is not a test. The social worker is interested in why you chose adoption, your knowledge about adoption, how you have dealt with life's struggles, and how you plan to deal with adoption or cultural issues as they arise. The home study process can be an excellent opportunity for self-reflection, clarification, and growth. The educational component is also a legal requirement.


Many older youth in foster care have experienced some trauma. Supporting their social and emotional well-being is vital before and after adoption finalization. Understanding the stages of adolescent development can help inform realistic expectations for healthy growth. Youth are resilient and, with the right supports, can become strong and successful adults.


Older youth who are adopted from foster care are more likely to finish high school, go to college, and be more emotionally secure than their peers who remain in, or age out of foster care. Studies of youth who have aged out or emancipated from foster care show that up to 50 percent of these youth become homeless and have limited access to employment or higher education. That's why finding permanent, loving families for this population is of the utmost importance. Adoptive parents provide the essential guidance youth need to successfully navigate a strong path to independence.*


For more information about becoming a licensed foster/adoption parent in Humboldt County or Rural Nevada, please contact Lori Nichols LSW at 1-888-423-2659 or 775-684-1967. Check out the website A Child’s Journey Home at www.achildsjourneyhome.com for more information about Adoption and Fostering in Nevada. Or Kimberly Schmeling, Social Work Supervisor at 475 E. Haskell St. Ste 7, Wmca, NV, phone 775-623-6555. Also visit the Nevada Division of Child and Family Services website at www.dcfs.nv.gov

  • Information from Child Welfare Gateway and used with permission

 

This column is not intended to be a substitute for any medical or legal advice.

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