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Suicide and Domestic Violence

In Indian Country, the abusive tactics of domestic violence have their roots in colonization. Maintaining power and control of one's intimate partner(s) is the objective of the abuser. The abuse can physically harm, arouse fear, prevent a person from acting freely, or force them to behave in ways they do not want....

 

Creating a Separation Plan and Preparedness Kit

It has been a long time coming, but you've made up your mind. It's time to escape a life of domestic and sexual violence and leave an abusive partner. You're scared and for good reason. Danger increases when leaving an abusive partner because they often lash out to regain control over their partner. It is imperative that you car...

 

Safety During a Violent Encounter

Be aware that in an abusive relationship, violence is used as a tactic for the abuser to maintain power and control over the victim-survivor. The violence will continue and may escalate in intensity and frequency. Safety planning is an individualized process where a practical plan is created that includes ways to remain safe...

 

Call for Justice is Answered by New MMIW Unit

For far too long, Indian country has pleaded for ways to address the critical issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. StrongHearts Native Helpline understands that MMIW is often intertwined with domestic, dating, sexual violence. When an Indigenous woman goes missing or is found murdered, her story rarely gets the full...

 

6 Common Tactics of Sexual Coercion

What is sexual coercion? Sexual coercion is the practice of persuading someone to engage in unwanted sexual activity by using force, intimidation or threats. Anyone can use sexual coercion; however it is likely that it will happen with someone you already have some type of relationship with like a partner, friend or date....

 

Leaders in the Field of Domestic Violence: Sarah Deer

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In recognition of Native American leadership in the field of domestic and sexual violence, StrongHearts Native Helpline is honored to present its featured leader, Sarah Deer, J.D., a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. She is currently a University Distinguished Professor...

 

Feature Series: Leaders in Domestic Violence - Lori Jump, Director, StrongHearts Native Helpline

In recognition of Native American leadership in the field of domestic and sexual violence, StrongHearts Native Helpline is presenting a series of columns featuring individuals making a difference in Indian Country. We begin the series with our leader, Lori Jump (Sault Ste. Marie Chippewa), director of StrongHearts Native Helplin...

 

Elders Can Experience Domestic Violence

Native American Elders A Native American is usually considered an elder when they are above the age of 60 to 65, although it varies from tribe to tribe. In our Native communities, we are taught to respect our elders. We honor them at ceremony, community gatherings, and pow wows. Their presence is considered to be an honor. We de...

 

In October, Domestic Violence Awareness sheds light on victim-survivors and calls for an end to violence inflicted on Indigenous peoples

Every October during Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), advocates and communities across Indian Country and the United States rally together to honor survivors of domestic violence and support abuse prevention. In 2020, StrongHearts Native Helpline once again calls on advocates, tribal leaders, reservation and urban...

 

Volunteer Opportunities: How You Can Help

Although StrongHearts Native Helpline does not have an established volunteer program at this time, we recommend the following: If you know someone who is in an abusive relationship: ● Help them become aware of services and programs that are available to help them: StrongHearts Native Helpline: 1-844-762-8483 or chat now at str...

 

Colonization and Domestic Violence

The parallels that can be drawn between colonialism and domestic violence can be seen through their definitions and through a review of Native American history. Having lived through genocide and horrific suffering, the aftermath of European contact and colonization continues to not only haunt Native Americans, it wreaks havoc...

 

StrongHearts logo Culturally Tied to Mother Earth

When StrongHearts Native Helpline was formed, the organization underwent a process to choose a Native American logo that could represent the virtues of strength, resilience, empathy and protection. Several logos were designed but one particular logo made sense. The turtle was chosen because of its association with Mother Earth...

 

Mental Health Effects of Historical Trauma

The outbreak of coronavirus earlier this year left many mental health professionals concerned that stay-at-home orders and other safety measures designed to protect citizens from the pandemic could cause an increase in mental health issues. Unfortunately, mental health disorders and access to mental health care has been an...

 

SCOTUS Affirms Reservation - Upholds Jurisdiction to Protect Native Women

Supreme Court of the Land Legal experts are calling McGirt v. Oklahoma (McGirt) the most significant Federal Indian Law case of the century. On July 9, the Supreme Court's McGirt decision upheld the treaty affirmed reservation borders of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. The ruling upended previously held legal opinions that...

 

Domestic and Dating Violence: Fact or Fiction?

There are a lot of commonly held beliefs about domestic violence that can harm victims and keep people from seeking help. StrongHearts Native Helpline unravels some of the myths surrounding domestic violence and sheds light into the darkness of intimate partner violence (IPV). Domestic Violence is a private family matter -...

 

Stacking Up The Numbers

Answering the call to action, StrongHearts Native Helpline has become a trusted resource for Native Americans impacted by domestic violence. In just over three years, hours of operation have been extended, call volume increased, chat advocacy was launched and the numbers are stacking up. Hitting the mark and reaching every...

 

Recognizing Male Victim-Survivors

Men can be victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Media and socialization may lead you to believe otherwise but the truth is men, and people of all genders, can be and are victims of domestic violence. Abuse against men can start at a very young age and the effect carries on with them into...

 

How to Use StrongHearts Native Helpline's New Online Chat Advocacy Feature

If it's not safe to call (1-844-762-8483), StrongHearts Native Helpline's new online chat advocacy sessions might be a better option. Users receive one-on-one, real-time, confidential information from a trained advocate. Visit https://www.strongheartshelpline.org/ to get started. Unfortunately, StrongHearts Native Helpline is...

 

MMIW: Red Symbolizes a Call for Attention

It has been said that red is a color that transcends the physical world and calls to the ancestors in the spirit world. For ceremony and pow-wow, Native Americans dressed their children in red as an introduction to the ancestors - calling upon them as guardians to the young. However, the color red had other uses and symbolic...

 

Sexual Violence in Indian Country

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There is a broad spectrum of studies and statistics that attempt to explain why even today sexual assault continues to be a threat to society, not just to women, but to all people. In looking at the issue, every gender, every race and at every age, the threat of sexual violence exists eve...

 

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