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Tribal Victim Assistance

As part of OVC's ongoing commitment to providing relevant resources and tools to Indian country professionals, OVC TTAC has created this site to help guide tribal victim advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement officers, judges, and others to information about how to create a victim-centered response to American Indian and Alaska Native victims of crime across the lifespan. We invite you to explore this site and learn more about available federal and non-federal resources that can help tribal communities better meet the needs of victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, elder abuse, and many other forms of victimization.

Get started with identifying resources to assist you in building your community's capacity to serve crime victims in Indian country by accessing:


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]

Subject Matter Federal/
Child Maltreatment 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 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 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 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 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.

Access OVC's web-based toolkits, including:

Helping Victims of Mass Violence & Terrorism: Planning, Response, Recovery, and Resources Toolkit
The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC)—in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Office for Victim Assistance and the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism—developed this toolkit to help communities prepare for and respond to victims of mass violence and terrorism in the most timely, effective, and compassionate manner possible.

Responding to Transgender Victims of Sexual Assault
The guide presents a wide array of information in a user-friendly electronic format that allows practitioners to pick and choose the information that is most useful to them, from basic information about the transgender experience to specific guidance for sexual assault service providers and advocates, law enforcement officers, medical and mental health care providers, and support group facilitators. It includes practical tools to promote understanding and support of transgender victims, such as preferred language terms.

SANE Program Development and Operation Guide
The purpose of the Guide is to provide a blueprint for nurses and communities that would like to start a SANE program. For communities with existing SANE programs, the Guide serves as a resource to help expand or enhance services provided to the community. The Guide provides specific information related to tribal communities.

SART Toolkit
Resource both for communities considering a SART response and communities that already have a coordinated response but want to make it better. The toolkit provides specific information for victim service providers and allied professionals who serve crime victims in Indian Country.

Human Trafficking Task Force e-Guide
This e-learning tool, developed by the Office for Victims of Crime and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, provides guidance on how to form and develop new human trafficking task forces, ideas to strengthen existing human trafficking task forces, creative strategies, examples, and lessons learned from existing task forces, and links to tools, trainings, and resources, including case studies. The Resources page of the e-Guide includes a listing of publications focused on American Indian and Alaska Native victims of human trafficking.

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Access all of OVC's training resources, including standardized, face-to-face trainings and online modules. A sample of OVC's training resources that may be helpful to building your organization's capacity to serve crime victims in Indian Country are listed below:



Gather a group of victim service and allied professionals in your area and arrange a meeting space. OVC will provide instructors, an onsite coordinator, instructor training materials, and a Participant Manual for each participant.
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1 Day .7 CEU Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]

The goal of this 1-day training is to identify the five individual elements of resiliency and explore how they can be implemented in an organization through policies, supervisory techniques, and training.
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2.5 Days 1.6 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 267KB]

This training is designed for victim advocates and other allied professionals. Through interactive exercises you will learn to recognize the risk factors for and indicators of elder abuse among older persons; name the types of elder abuse, relevant statutes, and responsibilities of a mandated reporter; and intervene appropriately and collaborate with other organizations and agencies involved with elder abuse. You will also practice techniques for communicating with older adults, explore the challenges and benefits of working on a multidisciplinary team, and develop a blueprint for collaboration based on a case study.
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4.5 Hours .4 CEU Download Flier [PDF, 151KB]

This training provides an overview of the most current trauma-focused, evidenced-based treatments and tools for child welfare workers and CPS professionals. Your understanding of these assessment tools and treatments is essential in order to provide support and referrals for children who faced violence.
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2 Days 1.2 CEUs Download Flier [PDF, 154KB]

This training begins with interviews of several survivors of homicide victims. They tell their stories of grief, trauma, and ultimately – resilience. The case study of one of the survivors is threaded throughout training to help participants understand how one survivor coped with the devastating grief resulting from the homicide of a family member, and the resilience that helped alleviate the pain and lead to healing.
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* If you are considering offering this training, please note that you must arrange a panel discussion.

Online Training

Online Training

Access interactive training in a variety of subject areas. Programs are available to take on your own schedule, at your own pace, from your own computer.
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45 minutes Register for this training.

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Takes a high-level look at the various types of justice used in tribal areas. Tribal justice systems can vary from traditional Western-style systems to tribal courts and traditional courts, including family and community forums.
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The American Indian/Alaska Native Populations module covers key issues impacting American Indian and Alaska Native victims of crime. It also describes barriers American Indian and Alaska Native victims face when seeking help after being the victims of crime, and provides strategies for serving American Indian and Alaska Native victims.

Videos are available to inform and assist victim service providers and allied professionals in their efforts to address the issue of sexual assault in Indian Country.

The following three videos were produced to complement the "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" report. [PDF 842KB]

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Reducing the Stigma of Sexual Assault

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Multidisciplinary Team Approach

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