NE Coalition to End Sexual & Domestic Violence receives $50,000 grant

Posted By: Veronica Ortega

vortega@klkntv.com

The Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence is embarking on a year long project to bring about social change. A $50,000 grant awarded from Verizon is going to help advocates in Nebraska reach that goal.

"We want to sustain them for the future of this work, as well as, looking at what our future in this work looks like, and how do we re invIsion that and how are we meeting the needs of the survivors that we’re serving," Lynne Lange, with the NE Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, said.

Frances Holeton is one of those advocates and a survivor. At a very young age she experienced violence in her own home, and was also victimized in her personal life as an adult. It wasn’t until she got help from a shelter and went back to school that her life changed.

"There is hope in my life, why, because I say there is, and because I’m not giving it up and I continue to believe in me and those around me," Holeton said.

Guest speaker Kelly Miller has been in the field for more than 30 years. She says she got involved because she saw that conditions weren’t changing and women and girls, especially of color, continue to be devalued.

Miller says we rely too much on the criminal justice system and it’s time we look for ways to get the community more involved so victims know about the resources and education opportunities available to them.

"We’re seeing these conversations around the country around gender and racial justice. I mean they’re percolating up in a way I’ve never seen, and so I just want to be apart of those conversation and finding real solutions," Miller said.

For more information about the Nebraska Coalition to End Domestic Violence click here: http://www.nebraskacoalition.org/welcome.html