Today, Nevada Attorney General Aaron D. Ford announced a partnership with Uber Technologies Inc. (Uber) to offer free rides to victims of domestic and sexual violence. Around the State, there are reports of increases in domestic and sexual violence amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Through this partnership, free rides will be directed to local shelters throughout the State to help provide transportation services to victims in need.
“During this unprecedented time, we’re seeing a greater incidence of domestic and sexual violence-related calls,” said Attorney General Aaron D. Ford. “Nevada is home to many vulnerable populations, and I’m hopeful that providing these free rides through Uber will demonstrate our commitment to these communities. It is essential that we continue to band together to support our survivors of domestic and sexual violence.”
“We are honored to work with AG Ford to provide free rides for survivors of domestic and sexual violence,” added Piper Overstreet-White, Public Policy Manager for Uber. We’re extremely grateful for the critical lifeline that these organizations provide for our community, and we want to do our small part to help survivors access life-saving services during this unprecedented time of need."
Thus far, Uber is providing the following services to local service providers:
- Advocates to End Domestic Violence in Carson City, receiving 250 rides;
- Domestic Violence Resource Center in Washoe County, receiving 200 rides;
- SafeNest in Las Vegas, receiving 1,500 rides; and
- Tu Casa Latina in Reno, receiving 250 rides.