October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and as director of the Victims Advocacy Division of the Clark County Attorney's Office, Shea Calvert is working to bring attention to the problem here. Recently Sun Community Editor Rachel Parsons talked with Calvert about her job.
Q: What does the victim's advocate do?
A: I assist victims with filing EPOs (emergency protective orders) and criminal charges, legal advocacy, community referrals, crisis counseling and safety planning.
Q: Do you see a lot of domestic violence in Clark County?
A: Oh, yeah. There's a big problem with it in Clark County. Last year in Clark County, between the assault and EPO filings, there were over 320, and statistically, only half are reported, so there's at least another 320 still out there.
Q: Why do you think there is such a problem here in the county?
A: I don't know if it's just lack of awareness and education involving domestic violence, because it's a very broad subject. It's not just the husband beating up the wife or the wife beating up the husband. It's a whole realm of things, and a lot of it is fear of reporting.