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African American Community Groups Collects Goods for Safe Nest
Domestic violence affects persons of all colors; however, African American women face a disproportional burden of fatal and non-fatal domestic violence events. Black women comprise 8% of the US population but in 2005 accounted for 22% of the intimate partner homicide victims and 29% of all female victims of intimate partner homicide. According to the Violence Policy Center, African American women were killed by their partners almost two and half times the rate of white women.
With these stark statistics in mind, Safe Nest created Project S.O.S (Saving Our Sisters) to help create awareness in the local African American community about domestic violence and the services available for victims. In support of Project S.O.S., the National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Las Vegas Chapter has reached out to other community groups to support African American women in the Safe Nest shelter by collecting needed personal care items including: shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer/oil/hair grease, hair lotion/gel, hot oil treatment, cosmetics, face cream and cleansers, and body lotion.
April 6, 2015 at 5 pm in the Pearson Center, 1625 West Carey, North Las Vegas, NV 89032 representatives from the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and other organizations will be presenting the products to Safe Nest.
Other community groups include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Beta Pi Sigma Sorority, Bettye J. Allen Women’s Missionary Society, Charms, Inc., Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Las Vegas Urban League, Lillie M. Walker Women’s Missionary Society, Southern Nevada Coalition of Concerned Women and The Links, Inc.
Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2005
Violence Policy Center, When Men Murder Women, Analysis of 2012 Data, www.vpc.org accessed 3/25/2015