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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May is National Foster Care Month

May is National Foster Care Month

By Sarah Reno Baker

“There are no unwanted children, just unfound families.” ~ Sevenly.org

Every child deserves a home.  We hear of the wonderful success stories of children in our community and all over the world.  What about the children who no longer have a home?  Foster care is a crucial step to get kids what they deserve when pulled from their parents, homes, and crises.  Foster care helps build a foundation for our children when life is tough so that they can later be successful in their adult lives.
On September 30th, 2014, approximately 400,000 children were in foster care. In the United States a child enters into the foster care system every two minutes. The sex of the foster care children for the approximate 400,000 is fairly even.  The male population is 52% and the female population is 48%. The greatest percentage is with the age group of 5 years and younger at 39%. 6 to 10 year olds, 23%. 11 to 15 year olds, 22%, and 16 to 20 years of age, 16%. The white race is the highest percentage at 42% followed by Black or African American at 24%.  Other races that contribute to percentages are Hispanics 22%, American Indian/Alaskan Native 2%, Asian 1%, Unknown and unable to determine 3%, and two or more races 7%. The breakdown to where foster care children are currently living follows. Foster-Family Homes (Non-relatives) is the highest at 46%.  The second highest is the Foster-Family Home of relatives at 29%. pre-adoptive home 4%, group home 6%, institution 8%, supervised independent living 1%, runaway 1%, and trial home visit 5%.  Clearly, one can see the need for Foster care in communities throughout the United States.

Care Skills needed for being a Foster Parent
First, know your family and your home life. Taking the role of a foster-care family is a big deal, take your time before you make the decision. Each state has different guidelines, so it is necessary to become familiar with your state regulations, and who can and cannot be a foster parent. A person must have the ability to have compassion, the ability to let go, and patience, among numerous other skills. All members of the family should be included in the decision making to become a foster-care family. Second, learning how to be an effective communicator.  Being a foster parent will put you in touch with many different people.  Communication will happen with social workers, teachers, therapists, the birth family, judges, other foster family, your friends and family, and the child. Third, understand that at times, being a foster parent can and will be challenging. Be prepared when your foster child arrives and establish your role as a foster parent. Ask yourself which age, gender, and behavior would be most appropriate for you and your family.  Understand the challenges involved with becoming a foster parent by education on the topic.  Fourth, managing behaviors of challenging children.  It is critical the prospective foster parent understand what can and cannot happen pertaining to discipline to a foster child.  Corporal punishment is not permitted in foster care. “Remember that your job as a foster parent is to build an attachment with the foster child and physical discipline may destroy the bond that you are trying to create.” Fifth, comprehension of the child’s losses is essential, as well as the foster family. We can understand how to meet the needs of the children if we understand the grieving process ourselves.  Considerations for children include, but are not limited to losing their home, trauma, losing their family, abuse, the children’s ages, and the support in which they are subjected to. Finally, a skill needed for foster parenting is to know how to work with others and be a team player.  After all, it is the child that matters and it takes a team of people to get the care needed. As a foster parent you are an advocate for the child, be the best you can be.

If you would like to be an advocate for a child in our community that needs your help and learn more about becoming a foster parent, please contact Humboldt AVA today.

This column is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or psychological advice or treatment.

Tie One to End Child Abuse in Winnemucca, NV!

Second Annual National 'Tie One to End Child Abuse' Campaign Kicks Off


The United States has one of the worst records for
 child abuse among industrialized nations. 
We cannot change this without raising awareness and 
encouraging more people to be part of the solution. 

Child abuse prevention organizations and advocates across the country are tapping community leaders, media personalities, and citizens to raise awareness this April which is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year, the National Tie One to End Child Abuse is April 22nd.   Participants are asked to don an ugly or outlandish tie or scarf for a day to raise awareness that there is 'nothing uglier than child abuse.' Photos can be submitted to the www.TieOne.org website to be included in the online gallery and shared via social media with the hashtags: #tieone #stopchildabuse and #ChildAbusePreventionMonth.
According the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the United States has one of the worst rates of child abuse among industrialized nations; on average five children die every day from abuse and neglect. The Center for Disease Control has estimated that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys experience sexual abuse.

The Tie One to End Child Abuse Campaign is an effort to unite abuse prevention organizations, advocates, community leaders, and citizens to start thinking, talking, and acting to prevent abuse. Headline partners for this collaboration include: The Mama Bear Effect, Sparks of Hope, Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, Enough Abuse Campaign, and AVA.
"Closing our eyes to the abuse of one child is unacceptable," says Adrianne Simeone, founder of The Mama Bear Effect, "and for the hundreds of thousands of children suffering in our country we have to wonder where our priorities lie if we won't do more to protect our most vulnerable citizens. Children have a right to a safe and nurturing childhood, and it is our responsibility to protect that right."
Mayors, governors, and businesses across the country are pledging their participation to increase awareness for child abuse in America, as well as the West Coast Sheriff's 17th Annual Child Abuse & Family Violence Prevention Summit which will be promoting the campaign to nearly 1,000 attendees.

Joining The Partnership

Tie One To End Child Abuse will be accepting rolling applications from other nonprofit and advocacy groups to raise awareness and take the opportunity to raise awareness on a national level by impacting individual communities on the ground level.

For More on the Headline Partners:
The Mama Bear Effect: www.TheMamaBearEffect.org
AVA: www.humboldtava.com
Sparks of Hope:
Dreamcatchers for Abused Children:
Enough Abuse Campaign:
Say it, Survivor: www.SayitSurvivor.org
SOURCE The Mama Bear Effect, used with permission for press release

AVA teams up with Together We Rise! to help foster children in Winnemucca and Battle Mountain, NV!

Help Our Local Foster Children!

Please help us help the foster children in Humboldt and Lander Counties! Now through June 30, 2016- ALL donations are tax-deductible and 100% goes to children in need in our area! 

Did you know over 700 youths go through the Child Welfare System and foster care system in rural Nevada every year? Advocates for Victims of Abuse is collaborating with DCFS to provide a new program, the Family Advocacy Program, in Humboldt and Lander Counties. This program goes to provide a trained advocate for all youths in the Child Welfare System located in these counties. Whether the child is placed in a foster home, a kinship home, or with their biological families, AVA volunteers are there to help with supervised visitations, in-home services, and in community services (including but no limited to: parenting classes, supervised visitation, budgeting, homemaker workshop and classes, recovery issues), to ensure a child's best interests and safety is a priority.
As part of the Family Advocacy Program, AVA works to assist foster, kinship and biological families that bring the youths and children into their homes and lives. Too often, children and youths who leave the only home they have ever had with their belongings in only a trashbag. Not only is the expereince of leaving their homes traumatic, but the fact of carrying their belongings around kin only a trash bag can also carry with them more traumatic connotations that further affect their mental well being.
This outreach fundraiser is to provide a "Sweet Case" for every youth that goes through our Child Welfare System to ensure No More Trash Bag Kids (see : http://www.humboldtava.com/2015/…/no-more-trashbag-kids.htmland http://www.humboldtava.com/…/no-more-trash-bags-kids-part-2…) Cases are duffel bags filled with essentials and more for each youth: A stuffed animal, a blanket, a book, necessities such as toiletries, and other comforting items the individual can keep with them for the rest of their lives.
We are asking busininess and individuals to please help us meet of minimum goal of at least 20 cases for Humboldt and Lander Counties. Each case is only $25 each and the cost is tax-deductible since we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity. 100% of these donations go to the Sweet Cases and 100% of the Sweet Cases go to a child/youth in need. The cases will be handed out on an as-needed bases as DCFS and foster and kindship families request them.
Offered with any Sweet Case sponsorship, we would love to give you the free publicity and thanks you deserve! If you prefer to remain anonymous, we respect that as well. To donate, anyone may contact us at: email: humboldtava@sbcglobal,.net , phone: 775-722-4564 or 775-304-1243 or mail P.O. Box 1338 Winnemucca, NV 89446 or visit our website atwww.humboldtava.com and we have an easy access link to PayPal to make donations even easier, If you prefer donations go to either Humboldt or Lander County, we also respect the donors preference and will use it so, just please remember to remark how you would like your donation used so we can earmark it for that area/program.
This event will be on-going through June 30, 2016. Please consider donating to such a wonderful cause and share with your friends, families, and local businesses! Our children can never have too much help! Help us make a difference in a child's life- and our community!

Recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Sexual Assault and Rape

By Sarah Reno Baker

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” ~MLK Jr.

How many times have we heard, “She asked for it,” regarding sexual assault or rape? Now we take that same statement and say, “He asked for it.” Seriously.  Who asks to be violently assaulted or raped?  No one. Humans do not ask to be hurt.  We do not ask for another person to take from us what is ours. Sometimes our society cannot grasp the trauma that is caused by sexual assault or rape. People need their voices heard. Humans have the right to be believed. It is time to shatter the silence.
The Joyful Heart Foundation understands the difficulties with sexual assault and rape. The organization takes pride in what they do and is respectful to every individual’s journey. “At Joyful Heart, we understand how difficult the pain of these experiences can be, and we honor the strength, courage, and time it takes to heal”.
Sexual Assault and Rape
Sexual assault and rape are different. Sexual assault is done without a person’s consent and refers to an unwanted sexual act. People often believe sexual assault is only violent physical incidents, but this is not the case.  According to The Joyful Heart Foundation, “Sexual assault refers to any sexual, physical, verbal or visual act that forces a person against their will”. This also includes attention or sexual contact that is unwanted. Rape on the other hand, is forced sexual intercourse. Penetration is not only by a body part, but also by objects.

We must take a stand against the silence. A victim is not at fault when sexual assault or rape occurs.
Through a study from the Centers for Disease control in 2010 for the United States, it was found that one in five women are raped in their lifetime.  This is approximately 22 million women. The study also concluded that one in 71 men are raped in their lifetime. This is approximately 1.6 million men. There is a misconception about rape. Many people believe that rape occurs mostly by strangers, but this is not the case.  Survivors of assault by an acquaintance, friend, relative, or intimate partner is at 60 percent. By the age of 18, 42 percent of women have been raped. Furthermore, under the age of 25 accounts for 79.6 percent of female rape victims. One in four women and one in six men experience an unwanted sexual experience in their lifetime.

Take a stand against silence.  One sexual assault or one rape is one too many.
Signs and Effects
There are signs that can help a person flag a potential perpetrator.  Abusive behavior can be derogatory sexual terms, an aggressive behavior, sexually harassing others, and threating others by sexual objects. Everyone’s response to trauma is unique.  Shock, fear, guilt, and shame consume the survivor. Sexual assault can harm a person’s health by physical, and mental aspects. A person that has survived abuse for years will have a different coping mechanism than a person who has experienced sexual assault for the first time.

Stop the stigma against silence and sexual assault. Understand that humans are unique and their reactions are also unique.

Effects of sexual assault and rape are massive. Mental effects for a person that has experienced this type of trauma can be, but not limited to, Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, and dissociation.  Emotional effects can be fear, guilt, feeling weak due to reaction, vulnerability, lack of trust, blame, anger, shock, numbness, loss of control, disorientation, and helplessness.

Take back your silence.  Take a stand.  You are worthy.

National Crisis Hotlines
Rape, Abuse and Incest National Hotline, 1-800-656-HOPE, www.rainn.org.
Planned Parenthood, 1-800-230-7526, www.plannedparenthood.org.
National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224, www.thehotline.org.

This column is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical or psychological advice or treatment.