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Domestic Violence: Population-Specific Approaches

In an effort to respond to the diverse experiences of victims and survivors of domestic violence, services must be individualized to meet the unique needs of each population and/or community. The resources included here present a starting point for considering the various issues that impact the lives of victims and survivors in specific populations.

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September 23, 2013
According to this testimony, “Native women experience violent victimization at a higher rate than any other U.S. population. Congressional findings are that Native American and Alaska Native women are raped 34.1%, more than 1 in 3, will be raped in their lifetime, 64%, more than 6 in 10, will be physically assaulted.
Authors: Lisa Brunner
March 2013
This bulletin brings together data on domestic and sexual violence affecting Alaska Native people of all ages is in one place. Beginning with pregnancy, this bulletin takes us through the major stages of life, sharing the consequences of violence, how many people are affected, and Alaska-specific responses.
Authors: MM Kemberling and LD Avellaneda-Cruz
Spring 2010
This article, which begins on page 8 of the NDVFRI’s Fatality Review Bulletin, provides information on conducting fatality reviews with American Indian tribes in Montana.
Authors: Matthew Dale
2010
This report provides information and tools to help Indian health and community advocacy programs strengthen their clinical and community responses to victims of domestic violence.
Authors: Anna Marjavi and Vicki Ybanez
June 2008
This fact sheet notes elder abuse in Indian Country, emphasizes prevention by health care professionals, presents links to elder abuse assessment instrument, and offers guidance on understanding abuse in the contexts of the culture of older persons.
Authors: National Indian Council on Aging and the University of New Mexico Geriatric Education
2007
This resource explores ways to serve families who have experienced intimate partner violence and where children are visiting or being exchanged between the abused and abusive parent, with a specific focus on cultural considerations relating to Native Americans.
Authors: Lauren J. Litton and Oliver J. Williams
2006
This "Facts & Stats Collection" paper highlights specific issues and distinguishing dynamics that confront different women of color, including African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, and Native American/Alaskan Indian women.
Authors: Women of Color Network
June 2004
This document describes the nature and extent of elder abuse in Indian country, what is being done about it, and identifies promising approaches and practices for addressing the problem.
Authors: National Indian Council on Aging
2004
This resource provides information on Public Law 280, a substantial transfer of jurisdiction from the federal government to the states in Indian Country, and its impact on victims of crime.
Authors: Ada Pecos Melton and Jerry Gardner
1999
This booklet describes the complexity of issues related to confidentiality and illustrates the responsibilities of tribes to protect the privacy of Native Women who are battered.
Authors: Sacred Circle