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The Mary Kay Foundation awards Safe Nest $20,000 grant for homicide prevention
Published on Thu, Oct 4, 2012 (12:55 p.m.)For Immediate Release: CONTACT: Lisa Lynn Chapman 702-877-0133 x 238
THE MARY KAY FOUNDATIONSM AWARDS SAFE NEST $20,000 GRANT
FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOMICIDE PREVENTION
Las Vegas (October 4, 2012)— Safe Nest, a local domestic violence shelter serving Clark County received a $20,000 grant from The Mary Kay FoundationSM. In observation of Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October, The Mary Kay FoundationSM awards $20,000 grants to more than 150 domestic violence shelters across the country for a total of $3 million.
Safe Nest will use the grant to provide critical support for its Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) in partnership with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Given that Nevada leads the nation in the number of domestic violence homicides, this project is focused on reducing the number of homicides by having officers connect high-risk victims to trained crisis intervention specialists at Safe Nest. At that time, the victim and the Crisis Advocate explore all options available to the victim including access to shelter and Emergency Temporary Protection Orders.
“LAP is an integral partnership designed solely to make our community safer for victims of domestic violence,” said Lisa Lynn Chapman, public information specialist for Safe Nest. “We are pleased that the Mary Kay Foundation is helping to fund this needed program.”
Safe Nest, Nevada’s largest and most comprehensive domestic violence services agency, focuses on four core services to provide wrap-around services—shelter, counseling, advocacy and prevention education. The Safe Nest Shelter provides emergency 24-hour intake, 24-hour hotline services, 24-hour access to Emergency Protection Orders. The Counseling Centers provide therapy programs conducted in Las Vegas, Boulder City and Mesquite, Nevada. Counseling is available for victims, perpetrators, children and teens, with sessions in both English and Spanish. Safe Nest Advocates provide assistance to clients traversing the legal system including in the District Attorney’s office and the Eighth Judicial District Court-Family Division’s Temporary Protection Order Office. The Outreach Team provides dating violence prevention classes in the schools, conflict resolution training with youth, mentoring programs for teens, information and resources for faith communities, outreach to at-risk populations, and training for professionals who identify and refer victims.
“The Mary Kay FoundationSM is committed to breaking the cycle of domestic violence.” said Anne Crews, Mary Kay Inc. Vice President of Government Relations and board member for The Mary Kay FoundationSM. “Through our grants, we honor and support shelters across the country that are having a profound impact for women and children in their communities. Since 2000, we have granted $31 million to help domestic violence shelters meet their critical needs and support their ongoing community efforts.”
About The Mary Kay FoundationSM
The Mary Kay FoundationSM was created in 1996, and its mission is two-fold: to fund research of cancers affecting women and to help prevent domestic violence while raising awareness of the issue. Since the Foundation’s inception, it has awarded nearly $31 million to shelters and programs addressing domestic violence prevention and more than $18 million to cancer researchers and related causes throughout the United States. To learn more about The Mary Kay FoundationSM, visit marykayfoundation.org or call 1-877-MKCARES (652-2737).
About Safe Nest
Established in 1977, Safe Nest is Nevada’s -- largest and most comprehensive non-profit agency devoted solely to domestic violence issues. Serving over 50,000 persons annually, Safe Nest programs include shelter, counseling, advocacy, and prevention education. For more information, please call 702-877-0133.
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