RENO, NV - Nevada leads the nation in domestic violence killings of women by men according to a report released by the FBI last fall. In an effort to change that, a newly formed group met in Reno this morning. They want to understand the events leading up to these tragedies so that they can be prevented in the future.
Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto organized the multi-disciplinary team under Senate Bill 66. Members were introduced and sworn in at the Thursday morning meeting, which then focused on establishing policies and protocols for the work they will be doing.
Masto says she hopes the group can do something positive by taking a closer look at the lives that were violently taken. “We'll take a case study and look at her life,” she says “what occurred, how she came into the system, what happened, who she came into contact with, who she didn't, what was available, what wasn't, and we're going to learn from that.”
Masto says they still have years of work ahead of them, but this is the first step. As the group goes forward they are also getting advice from similar agencies in other states. Members of the team include prosecutors, police, domestic violence service providers, treatment providers and community and faith leaders.