Cortez Masto Turns Focus to Domestic Violence at Home in Nevada

October 9, 2018 by TWN Staff

This week, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) headed home to host community leaders and advocates at a roundtable discussion on the work being done in northern Nevada to prevent domestic violence and support survivors of abuse. October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

“Far too many women in Nevada are victims of domestic violence each year. Today, I heard from many local leaders on the significant work they are doing to help prevent domestic violence in our communities and provide encompassing, compassionate services to victims and survivors.

Cortez Masto is a cosponsor of numerous bills addressing the crisis of domestic violence and human trafficking, including the bipartisan S. 1870, the “Securing Urgent Resources Vital to Indian Victim Empowerment (SURVIVE) Act of 2017,” to require the Department of Justice’s Office for Victims of Crime to make grants to Indian tribes for programs and services for crime victims, such as domestic violence shelters.

“As Nevada’s Attorney General, and now as Nevada’s senator, it has always been one of my top priorities to ensure that the efforts of Nevadans like those I met today are supported at the federal level. I am proud to be an advocate for survivors of domestic violence in Nevada and I will continue to fight in the Senate to ensure that survivors from all across Nevada, especially in our tribal communities, have the resources they need to heal and recover,” said Cortez Masto.

The Nevada senator also introduced a bipartisan amendment included in the recent minibus funding agreement signed into law that requires the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to report on federal efforts to study the prevalence of traumatic brain injuries among victims of domestic violence.

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