Jul 8, 2010
CONTACT Luci Manning

Federally-Funded Program Offers Hope to Domestic Violence Victims in Indian Country

New Report to Detail Results of Multi-Year Program that Dramatically Improved Health System Response to Abuse among Native Women

Alaska Native and American Indian women experience some of the highest rates of domestic and sexual violence in the country. This violence has long been an intractable problem with grave consequences for women, children, families and communities. But a multi-year, federally-funded program, organized by top domestic violence prevention experts, demonstrated measurable success in improving the health care system’s capacity to address this violence in 18 states. The program’s work is documented in a new report, to be released at a briefing at:

9:30 AM Tuesday, July 13
Murrow Room, National Press Club
529 14th Street NW, 13th floor in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Susan Karol, Indian Health Service Chief Medical Officer
Jane Root, Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians DV/SA Response Program Director
Jeremy Nevilles-Sorell, Mending the Sacred Hoop TA Project Resource Coordinator
Debbie Powell, Administration for Children and Families Acting Associate Commissioner
Anna Marjavi, Family Violence Prevention Fund

Health care providers are often the first responders to domestic violence. The report that will be released Tuesday details the project’s success at improving the health system’s response to domestic violence at Indian, Tribal and Urban health care facilities across the United States.  Since 2002, it engaged more than 100 Indian, Tribal and Urban health care facilities as well as domestic violence advocacy programs in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah, Washington State, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

The project was conceptualized and managed by the Family Violence Prevention Fund in partnership with faculty from Sacred Circle and Mending the Sacred Hoop Technical Assistance Project. It was funded by the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Indian Health Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Family Violence Prevention Fund is co-sponsoring this briefing. It is open to media.

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The Family Violence Prevention Fund works to end violence against women and children around the world, because every person has the right to live free of violence. More information is available at

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