Red Wind Consulting’s Vision is to strengthen Tribal programs and Native organizations' ability
to develop and enhance local responses to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and sex trafficking through training and tribal technical assistance.
Violence Against Native Women fact sheet
Our histories shape who we are. We will never be able to go back and be who we were prior to colonization, nor do we want to. We must take our pasts and use them as guides to shape our way as we move into the future. Work today includes identifying and centralizing our native values and beliefs. One of the more generally recognized beliefs is that women are sacred. Women are Sacred grows out of our stories and our teachings. When something is held as being sacred, it is to be respected, honored and held with the high regard of its power. Women have been historically viewed as the backbone of indigenous societies. (Ybanez, 2006)
- Native American women are raped at a rate more than double that of rapes reported by all races on an annual average. (All races: 2 per 1,000, Native Americans: 7 per 1,000)
- The rate of violent crime experienced by Native American women is nearly 50% higher than that reported by black males aged 12 and over.
- Violent crime rate among Native American women was 98 per 1,000 - more than twice that of whites (40 per 1,000) or blacks 56 per 1,000)
- At least 70% of violence experienced by Native Americans are committed by persons not of the same race…. Substantially higher than for whites or blacks.
- American Indian women were victimized by an intimate at rates higher than those for all other females (whites at 8.1 per 1,000; Indians at 23.2 per 1,000)
The National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) published a number of causes for homelessness in their fact sheet in June of 2008:
- Increasing poverty caused by eroding employment opportunities and declining public assistance.
- Lack of affordable housing.
- Lack of affordable health care.
- Domestic violence.
- Mental illness.
- Addiction disorders.
According to the Elder Justice Roadmap, Elder abuse – including physical, sexual, and psychological abuse, as well as neglect, abandonment, and financial exploitation – affects about five million Americans each year, causing untold illness, injury and suffering for victims and those who care about and for them. Although we do not have a great deal of data quantifying the costs of elder abuse to victims, their families, and society at large, early estimates suggest that such abuse costs many billions of dollars each year – a startling statistic, particularly since just one in 24 cases is reported to authorities. Given the aging population and the widespread human, social, and economic impact of elder abuse, a broad range of stakeholders and experts were consulted on how to enhance both public and private responses to elder abuse.
The Elder Abuse Response in Indian Country is evolving. Some tribes have started developing their response, however, many have not developed the coordinated community response necessary to ensure safety of Elders.
- Awareness: Increase public awareness of elder abuse, a multi-faceted problem that requires a holistic, well-coordinated response in services, education, policy, and research.
- Brain health: Conduct research and enhance focus on cognitive (in)capacity and mental health – critical factors both for victims and perpetrators.
- Caregiving: Provide better support and training for the tens of millions of paid and unpaid caregivers who play a critical role in preventing elder abuse.
- Economics: Quantify the costs of elder abuse, which is often entwined with financial incentives and comes with huge fiscal costs to victims, families and society.
- Resources: Strategically invest more resources in services, education, research, and expanding knowledge to reduce elder abuse