We Are Sacred: American Indian/Alaska Native Reproductive Health Safety Card

We Are Sacred Safety CardThis small safety card was designed for health settings serving Native communities including IHS clinics, Tribal health centers, and Urban Indian Health Centers. The card prompts patients to ask themselves whether they are in a healthy relationship or if they have experienced reproductive coercion—forced sex, birth control sabotage, forced pregnancy, or violence—by an intimate partner.

The card is designed to help women recognize how their intimate relationships may impact their reproductive health, while providing information for safety planning and referral. Basic information about sexual and reproductive health is also included, as well as information on how to help a friend or family member who may be experiencing abuse.

The backside of the card refers patients to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Assault Hotline for further support, and a space to write the name and phone number of a local advocacy program. This tool is most effective when given to patients routinely as part of regular visits.

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