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Currently there are 25 tribal domestic violence (DV) and sexual assault (SA) programs throughout Oklahoma that provide support and services. Each of these programs vary in size and all have advocates who provide services to domestic and sexual assault victims within their tribal boundaries. The tribal advocates that work for these programs are among the most compassionate, diligent, and supportive people in Oklahoma. We recognize the work, empowerment, and education they provide in their communities.
The Native Alliance Against Violence proposes to invite these tribal advocates to an evening event that will include a meal, appreciation gifts and entertainment. This event will be an evening of collaboration, networking and relaxation as we eat and provide entertainment throughout the dinner. Our grant funding does not cover costs associated with food, entertainment or gifts. With any donations received, the NAAV will be able to provide a complete dinner, purchase appreciation gifts, and schedule entertainment during the dinner. This event will show the tribal advocates they are not alone while working difficult cases and provide them with a night of relaxation and support recognizing all the unique and amazing work they are providing for the Native American communities.
Advocates are every day heroes that put the importance of a violence free future into perspective. They are able to provide their clients with a positive impact in one of the most challenging times of their life. It is difficult to imagine the high levels of stress that advocates deal with every day. It is inevitable that advocates indirectly experience the trauma of the individual they’re helping. This form of second-hand trauma is one of the many reasons that self-care is so important to the domestic violence and sexual assault advocates and accounts for the high burn out rates noted in our programs. Anytime we can help tribal advocates lower the stress of second-hand trauma helps keep levels of burn out down and keeps advocates in our communities longer, providing much needed direct services.
Some of the duties of the tribal advocates are:
· To respond to victims of sexual assault and their families to minimize the impact of victimization
· Appear in court with the victim
· Answer their tribe's crisis hotlines
· Provide support groups, peer counseling or culturally appropriate services
· Safety planning, referrals, transportation and case management
· Provide any direct services required to help people affected by dating/domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, or stalking
In many of our tribal communities we socialize, celebrate, honor, mourn, and begin healing while enjoying a meal together. Providing food and hospitality is a sign of honor and respect in many Native American cultures. Our respect for the tribal DV/SA advocates is enormous. The NAAV would like to honor these amazing people by gathering them together for an Advocate Appreciation dinner. This dinner will help us demonstrate how important advocates are to the work they do on a daily basis. This honor will help bring advocates together so they are aware of the unity, support and collaboration they have within the NAAV coalition.
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The NAAV would like to say congratulations to Shawn Partridge, the Director of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention Program. She was recognized during the National Crime Victims’ Service Awards Ceremony on April 13, 2018, in Washington, D.C.
Biography: Shawn Partridge is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and serves as Director of the Nation’s Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP), an advocacy program providing supportive services to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) and non-AI/AN victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, human trafficking, and other violent crimes. Under Ms. Partridge’s leadership, FVPP has continually expanded services to include development and implementation of the Muscogee Nation’s first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program and advocacy and support to specialized populations, including teens impacted by dating violence and child survivors of sexual violence and their families. Ms. Partridge’s work also included the development of Warriors Honor Women, a powerful male-led movement within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation to end violence against women and children using traditional values and teachings to promote respect, healthy relationships, and safety for all people. Ms. Partridge is a founding board member and current president of the Native Alliance Against Violence, Oklahoma’s tribal coalition against domestic and sexual violence. She is involved in tribal-, state-, and federal-level efforts to enhance policies that increase safety and justice for AI/AN women and children and advocates for the sovereign rights of tribal nations. Ms. Partridge was involved in efforts to promote the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which restored tribes’ authority to ensure accountability for non AI/AN individuals who commit domestic violence on tribal lands. Her efforts in promoting the reauthorization of VAWA helped lead to the historical legislation’s passage and becoming law. Ms. Partridge holds an A.A. in liberal arts from Haskell Indian Nations University, a B.A. in Native American Studies, and an M.S.W. from the University of Oklahoma (OU). She is an OU Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work Board of Visitors member, and received the national Professional Development Leader Award at the School’s 2016 Hall of Fame ceremony and was honored at the School’s 100th anniversary for her contributions. Ms. Partridge credits her family, friends, co-workers, Mvskoke people, and OU for significantly enhancing and strengthening her voice as an indigenous woman, advocate, and social worker.
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