SLA Legacy Programs


Domestic Violence Information 

  • A survey from 2007 found that nearly one in five women reporting domestic violence during the preceding year had abusers who interfered with their healthcare.
  • At the national level, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that women endure 4.8 million episodes of intimate partner violence each year.
  • In Douglas County, the Douglas County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council (DVCC) reported that 10,502 domestic-violence related 911 calls were made in 2009.
  • Victims of domestic violence have been shown to endure medical problems at a greater frequency than the general population, along with a four-to-six-fold increase in incidence of depression.
  • Female victims of domestic violence also have increased rates of sexually transmitted infections, pelvic inflammatory disease, menstrual irregularities, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicidal ideation, among others.
  • Nearly 3 in 10 women and 1 in 10 men in the United States have experienced rape, physical violence, or stalking by a partner and report that the violence impacted them in some way (e.g., made them feel fearful or concerned for their safety, resulted in an injury or need for services, or they lost days from work or school).1
  • IPV resulted in 1,336 deaths in 2010—accounting for 10% of all homicides. Eight two percent of these deaths were females and 18% were males.1
  • The medical care, mental health services, and lost productivity (e.g., time away from work) cost of IPV was an estimated $5.8 billion in 1995. Updated to 2003 dollars, that’s more than $8.3 billion.1
  • Domestic violence is one of the most under-reported crimes in the country, with the actual incidence 10 times higher than is reported.2
  • On average, four women are murdered every day by their male partner in the U.S.2
  • Women in the U.S. are in nine times more danger in their own homes than they are in the street.2


  2. Omaha Police Department

The Purple Ribbon

Raise Awareness About Domestic Violence

What began close to two decades ago in scattered communities as a visible gesture of support for survivors and victims of domestic violence, today has become one of the most widely recognized symbols of the battered women’s movement – the purple ribbon.

Across the country, families and friends of victims have adopted the purple ribbon to remember and honor their loved ones who have lost their lives at the hands of a person they once loved and trusted. Shelters and local battered women’s programs use the purple ribbon to raise awareness about the crime of domestic violence in their communities.

In addition to the demonstration of support for victims and advocates, the display of purple ribbons throughout a community conveys a powerful message that there’s no place for domestic violence in the homes, neighborhoods, workplaces or schools of its citizens.

If you or someone you know is in an abusive relationship, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 800-787-3224, or your local domestic violence program (listed below).


Women Center for Advancement (WCA)


Main Line  402.345.6555

Emergency Hotline  402.345.7273

The WCA is a national association that is dedicated to helping women achieve personal, economic, and social successes by offering support in areas that include domestic abuse counseling, shelter assistance, legal guidance, and career services.  In 2008, the WCA of Omaha and Catholic Charities provided services to a total of 4,617 domestic violence victims, underscoring the WCA’s reputation as a trusted and reliable provider of services to Omaha-area victims.  Specific services include domestic violence education classes and 24-hour access to advocates (staff members who work with clients to develop individual plans for resolving domestic violence situations).  The majority of WCA clients are unmarried women ranging in age from early 20’s to late 30’s, 75% of whom have at least one child.

Bridges to Opportunity Program

The Bridges to Opportunity program is a 16-session workshop that assists clients in their efforts to build and maintain strong, healthy families; decrease dependence on social services; increase personal support systems; and attain the basic skills and life skills needed for stable employment. EMPOWER offers educational sessions on health-related topics throughout program, as well as basic health screenings.

For more information about the Bridges to Opportunity program contact:
Sharon Robino-West
Peer Advocate