domestic violence

Nationally, the domestic abuse hotline has seen an uptick in calls since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, and that trend is reflected across the Mountain West.

In Idaho, for example, the Women and Children's Alliance saw a 194% increase in calls to its domestic violence hotline in April, according to the group's communications director, Chris Davis.

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The Sierra Nevada Ally

The Domestic Violence Resource Center in Reno saw an unprecedented increase in the number of domestic violence hotline calls in March, and as Sierra Nevada Ally reporter Brian Bahouth reports, the trend continues in April.

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According to the Reno Police Department, the Reno community is experiencing a decrease in crimes in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Governor Steve Sisolak has directed Nevadans to stay at home to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but for some people, their home is not a safe place. Multiple local nonprofits who help victims of domestic violence are seeing an increase in people reaching out for help that are experiencing violence at home. KUNR's Stephanie Serrano spoke with Karhla Ramirez-Tanori, the director of Crisis Intervention and Prevention at the Sierra Community House in Incline Village, to learn more.

Bree Zender


When Nicole was escaping a physically abusive relationship, leaving behind her dog was not an option. Not only would she miss her dog deeply, she knew her abuser may also hurt the dog. 

Latino Research Center at the University of Nevada, Reno

The University of Nevada, Reno’s Latino Research Center is collecting stories from Latinas about gender violence for a national anthology.

Reno Public Radio’s Alexa Ard reports that the project is shedding light on undocumented women facing abuse. 

Reno City Council Approves Plan To Fight Domestic Violence

Mar 18, 2015

The Reno City Attorney’s office is taking new steps to curb domestic violence, under a plan recently approved by the Reno City Council. Reno Public Radio's Esther Ciammachilli has more.

When running for City Attorney last year, Karl Hall told KUNR this would be one of his top priorities:

"I'm going to devote additional resources to the criminal division, specifically the domestic violence issue, to protect our domestic violence victims."

Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence

Setting up a statewide data system to track domestic violence offenses is one of several recommendations just released from a committee spearheaded by Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto.

Reno Public Radio's Michelle Bliss reports the group suggests that data go hand-in-hand with more specialized training for first responders working with victims.