The Cass Lake Indian Health Service (CLIHS) will focus on: 1) improving the quality of and coordination of direct services to sexual assault (SA) and domestic violence (DV) victims at CLIHS and throughout the Leech Lake Reservation; 2) improving the effectiveness of trauma-informed and victim-centered health system responses to SA and DV on and around the reservation; and 3) increasing access to forensic health services for American Indian/Alaska Native victim/survivors and their children.
Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Family Violence Prevention Program will expand victim services by hiring a victim advocate. This will enable the program to build capacity by enhancing services to victims showing signs of trauma from living with and witnessing domestic violence and sexual assault, elder abuse, and other violent crimes. The program will also provide prevention and intervention services for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse.
Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians will provide resources for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and education activities for staff and community members. The program will collaborate with community social service and behavioral health programs; create case management services for sexual assault victims; expand services to other domestic violence victims besides adult women; develop culturally-appropriate workshops for victims; provide training on victim and survivor issues to staff; and plan and implement community outreach activities. The program will establish a referral system for clients wanting to utilize eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), a new therapy showing great success for persons suffering from post-traumatic stress.
Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s Family Violence program will focus on the effects of illegal drug use on family violence issues and sexual assault. The project will provide culturally appropriate long-term case management services while improving collaboration between service providers. The program will provide crucial trauma-informed care training needed to substantially improve the awareness, skills, and capabilities of staff serving the needs people and families in crisis within the Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior community.