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Access a wide range of resources (both federal and non-federal) that can help tribal communities better meet the needs of victims of child maltreatment, domestic violence, elder abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking.

Developing and Implementing a Response to Sexual Assault in Tribal Communities: A Summary of the Suggestions from the National Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Assault in Indian Country (April 2017)

OVC, in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Indian Health Service (IHS), held a National Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Assault in Indian Country with a multidisciplinary group of professionals with expertise in developing, implementing, or enhancing a sexual assault response in tribal communities. Through this report, OVC, OVW, and IHS seek to share lessons learned and practical guidance from the roundtable participants, including tribal governments and responders to sexual violence. [PDF 842KB]

Child Maltreatment

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Federal Child Welfare Information Gateway
Resources on child abuse and neglect, including specific information related to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Search OJJDP's publications for guidance on investigating and prosecuting cases of child abuse and neglect, as well as information on how to meet the needs of child and adolescent victims of crime.
Non-Federal National Indian Child Welfare Association
Find information on how to request training opportunities, research on the impact of child maltreatment on American Indian and Alaska Native children and families, as well as other information and resources on how to increase access to developmentally appropriate mental health services and improving tribal child welfare systems.
Non-Federal Tribal Law and Policy Institute's Child Abuse and Neglect Publications
Find a variety of publications that address a range of issues in meeting the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native victims of child maltreatment including guidelines on drafting tribal codes related to child maltreatment, creating response protocols for the co-occurrence of child maltreatment and domestic violence, and guidelines for interviewing victims of child sexual abuse.

Domestic Violence

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Federal Indian Health Service's Indian Health Manual Chapter on Intimate Partner Violence
Read IHS' clinical care guidelines for identifying, treating, and referring victims of intimate partner violence in IHS facilities.
Federal Department of Justice's Tribal Consultation
Read about USDOJ's annual tribal consultation with tribal leaders on issues related to violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women, including the annual reports issued to tribal leaders detailing the Department's ongoing efforts to address tribal leader concerns.
Non-Federal Tribal Law and Policy Institute's Violence Against Native Women Publications
Find guidelines for drafting tribal domestic violence statutes, establishing a dedicated docket for domestic violence cases in tribal court, and other resources designed to aid tribes in strengthening their response to domestic violence.
Non-Federal StrongHearts Native Helpline
By calling 1–844–7NATIVE (1–844–762–8483), American Indian and Alaska Native victims of domestic violence and dating violence can speak to an advocate who is knowledgeable about American Indian and Alaska Native culture, as well as Indian country jurisdiction.

Elder Abuse

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Federal Administration for Community Living
Find resources on the unique needs of older Americans and people with disabilities across the lifespan.
Non-Federal National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life
Read NCALL's Reclaiming What is Sacred: Addressing Harm to Indigenous Elders and Developing a Tribal Response to Abuse in Later Life report and companion guide, created to aid American Indian and Alaska Native communities in developing culturally appropriate responses to elder abuse.
Non-Federal National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative
Addresses elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in Indian Country.
Non-Federal National Indian Council on Aging
Advocates for improved comprehensive health, social services, and economic well-being for American Indian and Alaska Native Elders.

Sexual Assault

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Federal Indian Health Service's Indian Health Manual Chapter on Sexual Assault
The sexual assault chapter establishes uniform clinical care guidelines for patients 18 and older who present for sexual assault services at Indian Health Service hospitals, health centers, and health stations.
Federal Tribal Forensic Healthcare Project
Available trainings for medical professionals to acquire and maintain the knowledge, skills, and competent clinical forensic practice to improve the response to domestic and sexual violence in hospitals, health clinics, and health stations within the Indian health system.
Non-Federal National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault
Provides important federal legislation, tribal codes, cutting edge articles by Indian Country experts, and funding opportunities.
Non-Federal National Sexual Violence Resource Center's SANE Sustainability Guide
Provides the most up to date resources to support Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program sustainability.

Human Trafficking

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Federal OVC Human Trafficking Weblet
Provides resources and information for a variety of audiences including victims/survivors, victim service providers, law enforcement, and allied professionals, including the following:
Federal Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign’s Awareness Training
Access online training for first responders and law enforcement officers on how to recognize and respond to incidents of human trafficking.
Non-Federal Minnesota Indian Women's Sexual Assault Coalition's Report on Sex Trafficking
Read Garden of Truth: The Prostitution and Trafficking of Native Women in Minnesota, for a glimpse into the lives and experience of American Indian and Alaska Native women who have been trafficked.