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Victim Services: Promising Practices in Indian Country

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Date Published
November 2004
51 pages
This booklet describes 12 programs of services for crime victims being conducted by various Indian tribes throughout the United States.
Information on each program includes its name, when it was established, the service area, the population served, source of funding, and contact information. A brief program description is followed by discussions of particular services, their cultural relevance, and keys to success. One program, located in a rural area of Alaska, offers women in the Village of Emmonak a shelter when they are victims of domestic violence. The Two Feathers Native American Family Services in northern California provides services to child and adult victims of abuse as well as comprehensive family services, advocacy, crisis intervention, Native foster home recruitment referrals, and cultural groups. A program on the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota provides services for any crime victim in search of safety, most often due to domestic violence, sexual abuse, and child abuse. The Victim Services Program of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Michigan provides victims short-term and ongoing counseling, assistance with victim compensation, safety planning, and court accompaniment. Other tribal victim services programs provide various services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, homicide, child sexual abuse, child neglect, and drunk driving. Some examples of promising practices are the use of technology to provide victim assistance and education, the development of tribal college curricula and distance learning to train victim service providers, and curriculum development to promote safety and provide support for victims. A list of 26 organizational resources

Date Published: November 1, 2004