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Domestic Violence Grant for Tribe in NV


Monday, October 14, 2013   

RENO, Nev. – The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe in Nevada is better equipped to assist domestic violence victims after receiving a U.S. Department of Justice grant.

The $800,000 grant will fund a full-time domestic violence police officer, legal advocate and other staffing needs.

Victim Services Program Coordinator Mary Dodd says there will also be benefits for the tribe's shelter, called Our Mother's House.

"So our shelter is here so that the kids, they can continue going to the school that they're, you know, accustomed to going to,” she says. “Plus, the family support is still there."

Dodd says Victim Services also provides emergency food, clothing and legal services.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The Victim Services Program also assists victims of sexual assault and stalking.

Dodd says her life story is a vivid reminder of how domestic violence can turn lethal.

"My mother died when I was going on eight years old from domestic violence,” she recalls. “My thought was always, we need those resources for the victims so that they understand that there's other options for them."

Dodd says the tribal police department received about $300,000 from the grant.

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