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APRIL 2020

    Stand With Survivors - NIWRC Recognizes April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), serving as a critical opportunity to raise awareness of sexual violence and stand in support of survivors. For many tribal nations and victim services programs, this month helps promote awareness of sexual assault and rape with a goal of prevention for safer communities. We know these are challenging times for everyone, and as such, NIWRC is releasing a set of resources to help support your SAAM efforts, including: 1) SAAM general proclamation template, 2) fact sheet on sexual violence in Indian Country, 3) fact sheet on violence against Native women and men, and 4) five social media postcards for your use.  Read our statement on Sexual Assault Awareness Month and download the resources here.

     

    Advocacy Resources in Response to COVID-19, Plus Guidance for Tribal Programs

    As the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues and tribes deal with stay-at-home orders and social distancing, it is important to recognize advocacy and shelter as essential. NIWRC understands advocates working in tribal programs and shelters are facing additional challenges as they seek to avoid disrupting services for survivors. In response to this need, we have created a COVID-19 resource webpage with recommendations and resources to support advocates, including a new Guidance for Tribal Programs developed by our staff. Also, please be advised NIWRC’s StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE, or 762-8483) continues to offer services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Native advocates are available to assist victim-survivors of domestic violence and dating violence every day from 7 a.m. – 10 p.m. CT.

     

    Register Now - 'Disaster Planning for Tribal Domestic Violence Programs and Shelters' Webinar

    When disaster strikes, are you prepared? NIWRC's webinar on Wednesday, April 18, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. CT, will focus on how we, as tribal domestic violence programs and shelters can prepare and ensure our ability to conduct business after a disaster strikes. It will not only address personal preparedness, but important information on how to continue critical operations of tribal domestic violence programs. It will provide emergency management tips to help tribal domestic violence programs be prepared for future disasters and continue the vital role you play in our communities: Protecting our Relatives! Our presenter will be Chele Rider of the Red Cross. Register for the webinar here.

     

    Report from the National Workgroup on Safe Housing for AI/AN Survivors of Gender-Based Violence

    Through a collaboration with the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center and the Alaska Native Women's Resource Center, the National Workgroup on Safe Housing for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Survivors of Gender-Based Violence was established. This workgroup developed a report with policy issues, recommendations for technical assistance, resources and other support to increase the availability of safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable housing for AI/AN survivors of gender-based violence. The report, authored by Caroline LaPorte, highlights barriers to accessing services, safety and housing/shelter for AI/AN survivors, an analysis on systemic issues from a practice and policy lens, disparities and barriers due to historical and ongoing systemic oppression; federal Indian policy towards Indian people and the long-standing impact on the current housing crisis among AI/ANs. You can download the report here. A second report by advocates Christine Stark and Eileen Hudon titled, "Colonization, Homelessness, and the Prostitution and Sex Trafficking of Native Women," can also be downloaded here.

     

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