News and Announcements


AUGUST 16, 2017

Department of Justice Announces Additional Expansion of Program to Enhance Tribal Access to National Crime Information Databases.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is continuing to expand the Tribal Access Program (TAP) for National Crime Information in FY18; TAP provides federally-recognized tribes access to national crime information databases for both civil and criminal purposes. TAP is currently primarily funded by the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART) and the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS). As such, TAP is currently prioritizing deployments to tribes that:

  • Have a Tribal sex offender registry pursuant to the Adam Walsh Act and are currently unable to directly submit data to national crime information databases; and/or
  • Have a Tribal law enforcement agency (not BIA direct service), that will use TAP to access the National Criminal Information Center (NCIC), Next Generation Identification (NGI), and other national databases to both view (query) and enter information.

TAP supports the selected tribes in analyzing their needs for national crime information and provides access, technology and training.

For more information, go to: TAP FY18 Announcement – Section 508 compliant-1. For more about Tribal Access Program success and benefits, see the TAP Benefits Brochure.

To learn more, go to:  WWW.JUSTICE.GOV/TRIBAL/TAP


AUGUST 15, 2017

Indian Country Strangulation and Suffocation Seminar
Columbia, South Carolina, November 6-9, 2017

DUE DATE: Nominations are due by September 22, 2017

The Department of Justice’s National Indian Country Training Initiative (NICTI), together with the Training Institute on Strangulation Prevention, is holding an Indian Country Strangulation and Suffocation Seminar on November 6-9, 2017, at the National Advocacy Center (NAC).

Strangulation is a lethal form of violence and is common in domestic violence and sexual assault cases. This three and one-half day course is designed for experienced federal and tribal multi- disciplinary professionals (prosecutors, law enforcement officers, advocates, medical professionals) who work domestic violence and sexual assault cases in Indian Country. This course will provide an in-depth examination of the mechanics of strangulation and suffocation from a medical, legal, law enforcement and advocacy perspective.

Participants are encouraged to register as a team; for example, a prosecutor and investigator or a prosecutor and a medical provider may register as a team. Individual registrations will also be considered. Training Officers/SACs/SSRAs are invited to nominate individuals from their Division or Department who would benefit from this training opportunity.

Please complete the Nomination Form for each of your nominees and E-Mail it to the attention of Delores McCarter, Office of Legal Education. Nominations are due by Friday, September 22, 2017.

The NICTI will review all nominations and send an e-mail advising nominees of their selection on or about October 3, 2017. Selected nominees will also receive information on how to book travel and lodging.

In order to ensure that our records are correct, please type in the required information when completing the nomination forms.  Illegible and/or incomplete forms will not be considered.

Due to the increasing number of last minute cancellations, we must ask that only nominations for those who are certain to attend be submitted.

The Executive Office for United States Attorneys will provide reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities. Requests should be made to Delores McCarter as early as possible, preferably at least two weeks in advance of the seminar. No nominee will be excluded from a course on the basis of a disability-related accommodations request.

This training is authorized under the Government Employees Training Act.


MAY 30, 2017

Bureau of Justice Statistics | Office of Justice Programs | U.S. Department of Justice:

Police Response to Domestic Violence, 2006-2015 (NCJ 250231) is now available on BJS.gov. This report presents 2006-15 data on:

  • Nonfatal domestic violence victimizations reported to police
  • Police response to these victimizations
  • Prevalence of related arrests or charges
  • Criminal complaints signed against the offender.

Domestic violence includes serious violence (rape or sexual assault, robbery, and aggravated assault) and simple assaults committed by intimate partners (spouse, former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend), immediate family members (parent, child, or sibling), or other relatives. Data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey, which obtained victims’ descriptions of police actions during their initial response to a reported crime and any follow-up contact with the victim.

Download the Full Report

Download the Summary

 


MAY 22, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Funding Opportunity: Family Violence Prevention and Services/Domestic Violence Shelter and Supportive Services/Grants to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations. HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-FVPS-1211.

Announcement Link: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-FVPS-1211

Solicitation Link: https://ami.grantsolutions.gov/files/HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-FVPS-1211_0.pdf

Summary

Funding Opportunity Title: Family Violence Prevention and Services/Domestic Violence Shelter and Supportive Services/Grants to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal Organizations
Funding Opportunity Number: HHS-2017-ACF-ACYF-FVPS-1211
Program Office: Family and Youth Services Bureau
Funding Type: Mandatory
Funding Instrument Type: Grant
Announcement Type: Initial
CFDA: 93.671
Post Date: 05/22/2017
Application Due Date: 07/10/2017
Description: This announcement governs the proposed award of formula grants under the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) to Native American Tribes (including Alaska Native Villages) and Tribal organizations. The purpose of these grants is to assist Tribes in efforts to increase public awareness about, and primary and secondary prevention of, family violence, domestic violence, and dating violence, and to provide immediate shelter and supportive services for victims of family violence, domestic violence, or dating violence, and their dependents.  Grantees are to be mindful that although the expenditure period for grants is a two-year period, an application is required each year to provide continuity in the provision of services.


APRIL 11, 2017

The U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women has announced that the 2016 Annual Tribal Consultation on Violence Against Alaska Native and American Indian Women Report is now available.

Click to view and download the Cover Letter and the 2016 Annual Consultation Report.


MARCH 7, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact Mallory Black: media@strongheartshelpline.org

StrongHearts Native Helpline Launches as a Critical Resource for Domestic Violence and Dating Violence in Tribal Communities

For the first time in history, a culturally-relevant, safe and confidential resource is available for Native American survivors of domestic violence and dating violence, who now make up more than 84 percent of the entire U.S. Native population. The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and The Hotline have launched the first, national crisis line dedicated to serving tribal communities affected by violence across the U.S., called the StrongHearts Native Helpline.

Starting today, Native survivors in Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska – the helpline’s initial service areas — will be able to connect at no cost, one-on-one, with knowledgeable StrongHearts advocates who will provide support, assist with safety planning and connect them with resources based on their specific tribal affiliation, community location and culture. Callers outside of these states can still call StrongHearts while the helpline continues to develop its services network. All services available through the helpline are confidential and available by dialing 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST. Callers after hours will have the option to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline or to call back the next business day.

“The reality is that so many of our American Indian and Alaska Native people experience domestic violence and dating violence every day,” said Lucy Rain Simpson, executive director of NIWRC and a citizen of Navajo Nation. “It has never been more evident that our Native people need a Native helpline to support efforts to restore power and safety in our tribal communities. The StrongHearts Native Helpline is ready to answer that call.”

The StrongHearts Native Helpline was created by and for Native Americans who, compared to all other races in the U.S., are twice as likely to experience rape or sexual assault, two and a half times more likely to experience violent crimes and five times more likely to be victims of homicide in their lifetimes. Even though a staggering four in five experience violence, Native Americans have historically lacked access to services.

“The Hotline has served victims and survivors of domestic violence for 20 years, and we recognize that Native American survivors have uniquely complex needs,” said Katie Ray-Jones, CEO of The Hotline. “Through StrongHearts, domestic violence advocates will be able to address those complex needs with an unparalleled level of specificity.”

Advocates at the StrongHearts Native Helpline are trained to navigate each caller’s abuse situation with a strong understanding of Native cultures, as well as issues of tribal sovereignty and law, in a safe and accepting environment, free of assumption and judgment. Callers will be treated with dignity, compassion, and respect by a well-trained professional.

“To enhance access to services and meet the unique needs of Native survivors, a dedicated Native helpline that provides support and connections to shelter, advocacy, and other services is critical,” states Marylouise Kelley, FVPSA Program Division Director.

Initially, StrongHearts will focus efforts on providing services to survivors who live in Kansas, Nebraska and Oklahoma, which combined make up more than 12.5 percent of the country’s entire Native American population.

“The team will leverage the large number of Native-centered resources established within these states to begin providing services, with further outreach to tribal communities as StrongHearts continues to grow,” said Simpson.

The StrongHearts Native Helpline plans to purposefully and thoughtfully expand its services to Native American survivors nationwide – based on utilization, demand and resources available.

“Verizon is proud to be the first corporate sponsor of the StrongHearts Native Helpline, a resource that will provide a crucial space for Native people to find support,” said Stuart Conklin, program manager at the Verizon Foundation. “We look forward to its success and continuing to build on a lasting partnership.”

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MSH-TA is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K028, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in the publications/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.

 
 

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