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Behind the offices, through a community meeting room and through a back door is a hallway staked with boxes filled with everything from diapers to winter coats. There are toiletries, shoes, blankets and toys. It's the supplies the Safe Embrace Shelter needs to help the families in crisis it houses. They have 14 beds and they have a waiting list. Because it is always full.

The actual shelter is at a confidential location. But this holiday season the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence wants to make sure the public knows that any help is much appreciated.

"Many of the families who come here come have nothing," says Safe Embrace Director Jill Boyer. "They come with just the clothes on their backs and we do what we can to help them. That includes diapers and toiletries and blankets and even toothbrushes."

The families who make their way here are in crisis. And leaving is often much more difficult than most people realize.

"Domestic violence is complicated," says Sue Mueschke with the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence. "It's hard to leave. It's hard to see your way out. Especially if you have three kids and no job skills. But we are here to help you think it through and see what's safe and get you to a safe place."

They need help. And they say whether it's through monetary donations, or time volunteering or clothes and shoes you no longer need, they can put to good use. Because a shelter is a temporary situation, their turnover is constant. And they say domestic violence happens here 365 days. 

"It can be as simple as buying a paper dove at the local Jackson's convenience stores, they're only $1 but every $1 helps these programs."

You can reach the Nevada Network Against Domestic Violence at www.nnadv.or or call them at (775) 828-1115.

You can reach the Safe Embrace Shelter and 24-Hour Crisis Hotline (775) 322-3466. 

Written by Erin Breen

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