RENO — On Wednesday at the Joe Crowley Student Union Theatre at the University of Nevada, Reno, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will host a community screening of the documentary film “SHOUT: The Story of Domestic Violence.” The public is invited to this free event scheduled for 5:30 to 8 p.m., beginning with refreshments and information on community domestic violence services and resources. The film begins at 6 p.m., followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker and local domestic violence professionals.
In the United States today, about one in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime, but domestic violence remains a silent epidemic in many communities. Three women are murdered by intimate partners every day in the U.S., and Nevada leads the nation in the number of women murdered by men.
Since 1987, October has been designated as national Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). DVAM provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the effects of domestic violence, increase education on the need for prevention and services, inspire action, share resources and honor victims and survivors. This October, NCJFCJ and the Reno-Sparks community are partnering to provide a forum for education and conversation about this important topic.
“SHOUT” is a documentary produced by Sam Nuttmann and Mark Davis. In 2002, Nuttmann’s sister Lisa was shot and killed by her husband, who then killed himself, all of which was witnessed by the couple’s 2-year-old daughter. “SHOUT,” released last year, focuses on the way domestic violence affects victims and their families and the ways communities can respond to support all victims of this kind of violence. After the viewing, Nuttmann will join a panel of experts from the Reno-Sparks area who work on these issues to take questions from the audience and provide information on local resources and responses.