Domestic Violence Awareness Month

One of the most worrying and consistent trends during the COVID-19 pandemic is an increase of domestic violence among the American Indian and Alaska Native groups.  Governments around the U.S. are taking unique approaches this year in how they act to stop the violence and help victims to be heard during times of uncertainty.

October is nationally recognized for Domestic Violence Awareness and Prevention Month.  It is a special time to celebrate survivors, honor those who have passed on, raise awareness, and stand with one another (while social distancing and wearing masks) in our commitment to preventing violence in partner relationships across Alaska.

October Awareness Month

Alaska Local Sources

Addressing Domestic Violence in Alaska

The Resource Basket is not a direct service provider.   We are here to provide helpful links to connect parents, families, caregivers and the community at large with the resources needed to protect Alaska Native youth and strengthen Alaska’s tribal communities.

Alaska Tribal Health Consortium

ALASKA SOURCE:  Alaska Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC)’s Domestic Violence Prevention Program partners with multiple statewide and regional partners to identify resources for assistance. The video below itself promotes a culturally relevant approach to healthy relationships. It is a critical time for anyone facing domestic and sexual violence to know you are not alone. 

If you are in need of immediate assistance, call the domestic violence crisis line at 800-799-SAFE (7233) or 911. 

Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

ALASKA SOURCE:  Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA)
To be a collective voice for victims and survivors and to support those agencies and communities working to prevent and eliminate domestic and sexual violence.

Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center

ALASKA:  The Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center envisions our Tribal women, communities and families free from violence, healing the trauma and utilizing the wisdom of our ancestors to create effective community/Tribal responses to domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, trafficking, sexual assault, and related injustices. 

Bay Haven DV/SA

ALASKA SOURCE:  Bay Haven DV/SA Shelter can provide emergency shelter up to one month while advocates provide support and referral information for victims of domestic violence/sexual assault from the communities of Hooper Bay, Scammon Bay, and Chevak.

  • Emergency Shelter services or referrals to other DV/SA Shelters
  • Legal advocacy as well as court accompaniment upon request
  • Traditional family wellness education groups
  • Community outreach education
  • Referrals for wrap-around services that support continuous safety planning
  • Transportation assistance to Bay Haven may be available

The Yup’ik Women’s Coalition

ALASKA SOURCE:  The Yup’ik Women’s Coalition (YWC) strives to promote safety of women through education and advocacy. The YWC is committed to organize community efforts to end violence against women and children within Yup’ik villages through strengthening the traditional Yup’ik beliefs and teachings that have guided our people for thousands of years. The YWC is dedicated to the safety of women and believe in all the rights of all people to live without fear, threat, violence and oppression.

National Sources

NamUs Program

NATIONAL SOURCE:  The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) collects and reports on missing persons throughout the United States with the goal of having the data be shared across jurisdictions, Tribal and law enforcement agencies.

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

NATIONAL SOURCE:  Our mission is to provide national leadership to end violence against American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian women by supporting culturally grounded, grassroots advocacy.

Safety Hotlines

Crisis Support

Help break the cycle of physical, sexual, or emotional abuse in a relationship before they become adults.  Find resources and directory of shelters across Alaska: 

Alaska Careline

STAR (Standing Together Against Rape)

For a listing of all local victim services 24/7 hotlines 

StrongHearts Native Helpline

NATIONAL SOURCE: StrongHearts Native Helpline 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483) is a safe domestic, dating and sexual violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CT. Anonymous and confidential. Callers reaching out after hours may connect with The National Domestic Violence Hotline, a non-Native based 24-7 domestic violence helpline by selecting option one.

National Sexual Assault Hotline

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