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Domestic Violence Prevention Month 2019


Fairbanks Native Association

The Fairbanks Native Association Community Services Survivor Services will be hosting a Soup Cook-off in support of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event will be held on Monday, October 7, from 11 am to 2 pm AKDT at the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall. A variety of wonderful soups will be prepared by the Fairbanks Native Association Community Services Survivor Services and several of their partner organizations - Fairbanks Vet Center, Fairbanks Police Department, Interior Alaska Center for Non-Violent Living, Alaska Legal Services, Healing Native Hearts Coalition, Tanana Chiefs Conference Behavioral Health, Love, Inc., and the Bridge. The public is invited to sample the soups, vote for their favorite, and participate in an enriching learning experience focused on domestic violence.

Contact Person: Karen Eddy


Case Lake

Case Lake is holding a two-day conference: Violence Against Women: Restoring the Balance with Special Focus on Violence Against Women in Indian Country on October 17-18, 2019 at San Ford Center, 1111 Event Center Drive Northeast, Bemidji, MN 56601. This free, two-day conference will improve the skills of professionals from multiple disciplines towards applying trauma-informed and victim-centered approaches when working with those affected by sexual-, domestic-, and dating violence, and stalking. This conference will provide participants with science- and evidence-based knowledge and tools to provide healing and hope for children, adolescents and adults. Visit our training form Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving to register. For questions or help with registration, contact Kathy McBride.

Contact Person: Kathy McBride


United Indian Health Services, Inc.

The United Indian Health Services, Inc. purpose area is identifying gaps within their current response system to improve community collaboration efforts, formalize relationships with community partners, and bring together a collective resources to create a sustainable effort to reduce the effects of domestic and sexual violence on American Indian and Alaska Native community members. Their goal is to expand the capacity of their communities to detect and respond to domestic and sexual violence impacting American Indians and Alaska Natives and to connect survivors with culturally appropriate services to regain balance and healing in their lives.

Contact Person: Alissa Leigh

Great Plains

Fort Thompson’s Wiconi Wawokiya, Inc.

In honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Wiconi Wawokiya, Inc. project at Fort Thompson facility will raise awareness about domestic violence. The program will deliver domestic prevention activities during their Warrior and Winyan Wellness Days from October 17-18, 2019. The two days will include education, awareness, and wellness for men and women. Day one will focus on men, and day two, women. During each day, there will be two presentations, one at 10am and a repeat at 1pm CT. On October 18th at 5pm CT there is a walk to bring awareness about the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, followed with a banquet and a presentation for community members.

Contact Person: Kasey Cadwell

Oklahoma City

Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma

Pawnee Tribe of Oklahoma’s Ti Hirasa Domestic Violence Program is collaborating with 6 Nations and Native Alliance Against Violence to host the 8th Annual DV Walk "Glow the Distance" Walking Together Against Domestic Violence. After an opening ceremony with nation flags and drums, they will have two speakers, one addressing legislation, the other a survivor. This will be followed by the glow run/walk and booths from each nation offering outreach information. The event is slated for October 19th at 7 pm CT.

Contact Person: Amy Kinzie, Coordinator

Indian Health Care Resource Center

Indian Health Care Resource Center of Tulsa will host a night for community members to come together, to learn, and to heal. The Paint the Town Purple is an informational event that also allows a community to heal together through art. Held at a local art studio, attendees will receive important information regarding various forms of domestic violence and its impact on individuals, families, and communities. Attendees will also learn about important local resources and how to access help. Following the presentation, attendees will be provided an opportunity to express and heal through art. The "Paint the Town Purple" event will take place on October 17, 2019 from 6 to 8 pm CT at Pinot's Palette, 1621 E 15th St, Tulsa, OK 74120.

Contact Person: Aly Speers

Choctaw Nation Project Homakbi Ribbon

To break the cycle of family violence, Homakbi Ribbon program at Choctaw Nation Behavioral Health- Wind Horse is increasing client access to culturally-base domestic prevention, advocacy, medical care, crisis intervention, case management, advocacy, and behavioral health services for American Indian and Alaska Native victims and their families. Homakbi Ribbon provides crisis intervention, counseling, advocacy, behavioral health and case management services to victims of domestic violence in 10 ½ counties, primarily in Pushmataha and Pittsburg counties. The program is active in networking and in coalitions in those counties to improve coordination and collaboration with victim services providers, healthcare providers, and other responders. They also educate and train providers to treat trauma and domestic violence, and promote community education for adults and youth on domestic violence. This includes training adults in a community setting, youth on dating violence and healthy relationships, women with self-defense, and men with coping-skills.

Contact Person: Stephaine L. Vernor


Nez Perce Tribe

Nez Perce Tribe DVPI project collaborated with several programs to create a community "Women’s Self Care" fair. They collaborated with NiiMiiPuu Community Health to learn about Stop Violence. During the community member’s lunch and learning session, guest speakers presented on available resources to stop the violence. Staff and volunteers assisted the local food bank distribute food and handed out domestic violence prevention brochures, buttons, and purple ribbons to educate the community members about the emotional impact and awareness of domestic violence. They are a recipient of “Later in Life” grant focused on educating their elders to stop abuse. This year, couples with healthy relationships were honored with a ribbon shirt and skirt created by their local women’s group. They are planning on using the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence’s Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving campaign to improve community response to domestic violence, and ultimately, prevent its occurrence. The campaign theme is "My #1 Thing" and the goal is to educate the community about domestic violence prevention. Tribal members will make a pledge of their "#1 Thing" and be entered to win a ribbon skirt that was made in their women’s circle.

Contact Person: Karee Picard

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board

The Response Circles DVPI project at the Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board will be giving out American Indian and Alaska Native Intimate Partner Violence prevention media materials Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving (poster, rack, and tip cards) for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The "What is done to one is Felt by all" Campaign is designed for those impacted my intimate partner violence. The Response Circles staff worked with youth from a North West Tribe to develop a public service announcement video focused on different types of abuse: Cultural, Digital and Financial. During October, the Response Circles staff will distribute this video nationally. If you would like to hand out any of the Response Circles materials in your community, please contact Paige Smith.

Contact Person: Paige Smith


Fresno American Indian Health

In the second year of our DVPI grant, Fresno American Indian Health Project continues to reduce intimate partner and sexual violence by promoting healthy relationships and lifestyles through a coordinated, community-driven, and culturally-based program. We are working to mobilize our agency and community partners to develop a systemic and coordinated strategy addressing intimate partner and sexual violence for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Currently, we are planning and organizing our first Domestic Violence Conference, "Violence is Not Our Culture: Addressing Domestic Violence in Native American Communities," with workshops, and presenters providing outreach information and next steps. Attendees are encouraged to wear the color red to honor Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. This event is free and open to the public, scheduled for October 23 from 9 am to 5:30 pm PT at Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino in Coarsegold, CA.

Contact Person: Amber Molina