Join us to honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month by attending the 5th Annual American Indian Domestic Violence Awareness Day of Unity in Seminole, OK.
*This event is FREE and open to the public!*
This year's event will be hosted by The Seminole Nation Domestic Violence Program, and theme of the event will be: "Unify to Change a Culture of Violence to One of Respect". We are asking everyone that posts about Domestic Violence Awareness Month to use the hashtag, #Unify2Change, to create extra awareness and buzz around this important issue plaguing the American Indian community.
“The goal of the Day of Unity is to gather all tribes and people to hear the stories of strength and resilience that empower victims of abuse,” said Dawn Stover, Executive Director of the Native Alliance Against Violence. “We also want this event to encourage all walks of life to stand in solidarity with the American Indian women that have been disproportionately affected by domestic violence,” said Stover.
This year’s theme is “unifying to change a culture of violence to one of respect”. “We expect guests to be able to walk away from this event with a feeling that they have learned something new and valuable, and that they too have an understanding of what they can do to help change a culture of violence to one of respect. This could mean having more awareness of the types of violence specific to the American Indian community, a better understanding of the myths surrounding domestic violence, or even just a phone number of their local tribal domestic violence program”, said Stover.
The event will begin with a warm welcome from Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Principal Chief Greg P. Chilcoat. The three keynote speakers will participate in a relaxed discussion keeping with the theme of this year’s event and will share how they have been able to turn experiences of abuse into opportunities to create positive change. The featured speakers will be Monique Hudson, the Ponca Tribe Domestic Violence Program Victim Advocate, Sonya Spray, the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma Violence-Free Living Program Director, and the Honorable Kelly Stoner, a Seminole Nation Tribal Judge. There will also be over 20 of Oklahoma’s tribal domestic violence and sexual assault programs displaying information about their programs as well as resources for anyone affected by domestic violence.
There will be a limited supply of free t-shirts for those that attend the event.