Provided by Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
Siletz Tribe Receives Grant to Address Sexual and Domestic Violence
The Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians has received a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking committed against American Indian women and girls.
The three-year, $419,325 grant will allow for two program specialists to provide culturally appropriate services for Tribal members in Lincoln County who are victims of these types of violence and help them with access to crisis intervention, access to counseling by trained advocates and/or staff and access to peer support groups.
The program also will:
*Develop policies to create an effective response to crimes of violence against Indian women and create a coordinated domestic violence community response team and a sexual assault response team.
* Forge partnerships with local community programs with established expertise in dealing with victims of sexual and domestic violence.
*Provide information to the Tribal community to promote greater awareness of domestic violence and to end the silence around issues of this type of violence.
“This program will allow us to develop an environment in which the Tribal community, the larger community and the existing resources in the surrounding area can all be brought together in a mutually supportive way to help reduce, if not eradicate, these problems and the terrible effects they have on victims and family members where they occur,” said Bonnie Petersen, assistant general manager of the Siletz Tribe.
Petersen points out that a number of published reports indicate that Native American women are twice as likely to experience a rape/sexual assault (5 per 1,000 persons age 12 or older) compared to all races (2 per 1,000). This is caused, at least in part, by more than 200 years of historical and generational trauma that has resulted in disproportionately high rates of dysfunction for Tribal individuals, families and communities.
For more information, please contact Petersen at 541-444-8210 or 800-922-1399, ext. 1210.