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JULY 2021 NEWSLETTER

    New! Traumatic Brain Injury and Battering Booklet, Plus It’s About Trauma Materials

    The severity of physical violence on women who are battered experience is well-known, yet until recently awareness of the connection between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and battering has commonly been lacking within the advocacy, law enforcement and even the medical fields. The Traumatic Brain Injury and Battering booklet provides a survivor-centered overview of what TBI is and its impacts, how to screen for TBI, and information and advocacy for advocates working with survivors with TBI. Also, check out our Resource Library to access the It’s About Trauma foldable brochure and three-page handout. These materials provide a culturally based overview of what trauma is, how people respond differently to trauma, and Indigenous ways of healing.

     

    Register Now - FVPSA Government-to-Government Tribal Consultation Events

    Please join us for these virtual events being planned by NIWRC in collaboration with the Alaska Native Women's Resource Center:

    • July 7 or 8: Discussion of FVPSA Issues and Allocation Formula. Participants are welcome to join both, but please plan to join at least one of these days.
    • August 2 or September 7: Pre-consultation Tribal Leaders Caucus
    • New Dates - September 8-9: FVPSA/HHS Tribal Consultation
     

    This Month: Preparation for VAWA Tribal Consultation Webinar, July 21

    VAWA 2005 requires the DOJ, HHS, and DOI to engage in formal consultation with Indian tribes on an annual basis to address concerns that impact the safety of Indian women at the broadest level. Participation in this nation-to-nation consultation is critically important for tribal leaders to dialogue with government officials about solutions and strategies to address issues related to violence against Native women. We hope that you will join our webinar to review outstanding or emerging issues to address the most serious roadblocks to the safety of Native women and how you can voice your concerns and provide recommendations to increase accountability and enhance the safety for Native women. Register here.

     

    StrongHearts Native Helpline Seeks Assistant Director, Releases Chat Advocacy One-Year Report

    The Assistant Director provides leadership and is responsible for aligning StrongHearts staff and resources to fulfill organizational goals and objectives, and for providing administrative supervision and oversight. This is an on-site position based in Eagan, MN, with a salary range of $75,000-$85,000. Visit strongheartshelpline.org for a full job description and application process. Based on chats documented during the first 12 months of chat advocacy from May 18, 2020, to May 16, 2021, StrongHearts answered a total of 942 chats from across the United States. Chat users are primarily working-age Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) victim-survivors seeking help during the day when they may be away from their abusive partner and have more access to a computer or smartphone. Read the full press release and report.

     

    DOJ Opens Application Period for Program to Enhance Tribal Access to National Crime Information Databases

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the opening of the application period for federally recognized Tribes to participate in the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information, which provides federally recognized Tribes the ability to access and exchange data with national crime information databases for authorized criminal justice and non-criminal justice purposes. The program provides training as well as software and biometric/biographic kiosk workstations to process fingerprints, take mugshots, and submit information to FBI Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS) systems. There are currently 99 federally recognized Tribes participating in TAP. The department will accept TAP applications from July 1 through Aug. 31, 2021. For more information about TAP, including informational webinar dates, time and access information, visit www.justice.gov/tribal/tribal-access-program-tap.

     

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