New Report Recommends Statewide Domestic Violence Database for Nevada
December 23, 2014
A new report put out by the Domestic Violence Fatality Review (DVFR) in Nevada has recommended the development of a statewide data system that will track domestic violence arrests, convictions, sentencing and recidivism.
The report, published on November 30, 2014, includes an introduction by Nevada Attorney General, Catherine Cortez Masto, in which she points out that in 2011, Nevada was ranked number one in the rate of women killed by men. Domestic violence incidents have made headlines around the country in recent months, and we can see from this report that this issue is pervasive in the lives of many, many Nevadans.
In addition, the DVFR Annual Report reviews the implementation of recommendations made in 2013. Another statewide recommendation included in the report is for the formation of Coordinated Community Response Teams. Currently, Douglas County has a CCR team in place, and this model is outlined in the report.
Domestic Violence Fatality Review in Nevada Annual Report.
While the creation of this database will be a monumental task, it is necessary for the statewide work on the prevention of domestic violence to be valued. How else will we know if Nevada’s prevention and response programs are working until we track these statistics in a reliable way? My hope is that this idea moves forward, and that we, as a state, put into place a system to define and track the incidents of domestic violence, arrests, and convictions. And that we can do so with minimal impact to the victims themselves.