I-Team: Woman claims state put her safety at risk

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Survivors of domestic violence often times don’t want their abusers to know where they live but one woman says the state of Nevada dropped the ball and put her in danger.

She lives in the Silver State; her ex lives in Colorado and somehow a mistake was made with documents.

Sabiyha Williams says the state of Nevada put her life in danger after her address was sent to the man she claims is her abusive ex.

“They failed in a major way,” said single mother Sabiyha Williams.

She decided to pursue child support for her 9-year-old son. She knew her ex would receive notice in the mail, but she expressed on an application, she didn’t want him to know where she lives for safety reasons. When those documents arrived — the same ones the ex would receive — she saw her address.

 “To me it’s totally unacceptable, like this could be a totally different story right now because someone forgot to check the box,” Williams said.  “I could be dead, you never know what people can do. He could have come here, could have been confrontation, something could have ensued. You never know what could have happened.” 

The I-Team found her address was listed online anyway, but to Williams, sending that information directly to her ex was not good.

She says, she contacted the Department of Health and Human services which runs the child support office about the mistake, and capitol police showed up.

“They explained to us what happened. ‘We don’t know where he is. We can’t be accountable for where he is. We don’t feel like you’re safe here, so you need to leave at this time,'” Williams said. 

She says, she and her son were taken to a hotel which was paid for by the state along with other expenses like moving costs to a new home, fees to get out of her old lease, and more. But she believes the state didn’t do enough. She says, she missed work, her child’s life was disrupted, and she’s struggling to pay the bills at the new place.

“The impression that I’m getting now is like OK well we moved her, we’re just going off and she’s on her own,” Williams said.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services told the I-Team she couldn’t comment for this report.

Williams provided emails, and other documentation showing the department’s involvement. The I-Team also obtained a document from capitol police confirming the mistake.

It states a child support services manager asked police for assistance and the state of Colorado had given the ex the address.

But Williams tells the I-Team she originally worked with the state of Nevada to begin the process. For now, she says she’s trying to pay the bills and provide for her son.

“He asks me weird questions, you know, as inquisitive kids do, like you know ‘why’d we have to move?'” 

And after all of that, Williams says she is reconsidering pursuing child support moving forward.

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