Culturally Responsive Approaches

Culture plays a role not only in communicating and receiving information, but also in shaping the thinking process of groups and individuals. It is critical that advocacy efforts acknowledge, respond to, and celebrate the cultures, experiences, and perspectives of individuals and families, not only to support them more effectively, but to support equitable access to victim services.

Working with Native and Tribal Communities

Courageous Spirit: The Effects of Historical Trauma on AI/AN Communities

This session will identify the historical and traditional ways that domestic and sexual violence were addressed in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities prior to colonization and how historical experiences persist to have residual trauma in the community. Recommendations will be provided to improve advocacy for native communities that have been affected by domestic and sexual violence.

The Impact of Human Trafficking in Native and Tribal Communities

This webinar, featuring Nicole Matthews, Executive Director, Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition, and Em Loerzel, MSW, Project Beacon Program Manager, American Indian Center of Chicago provided an overview of human trafficking in Indian country and urban population centers, discussing what sex and labor trafficking look like for the American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) population, and the culturally appropriate resources available to better serve victims. It also included approaches for “mainstream” responders and service providers to identify and outreach to, largely invisible, AI/AN victims and work with urban AI/AN organizations to engage victims and provide services.

Developing and Implementing a Response to Sexual Assault in Tribal Communities

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) and Indian Health Service (IHS), held a National Roundtable Discussion on Sexual Assault in Indian Country with a multidisciplinary group of professionals with expertise in developing, implementing, or enhancing a sexual assault response in tribal communities. Through the report generated from that discussion, OVC, OVW, and IHS seek to share lessons learned and practical guidance from the roundtable participants, including tribal governments and responders to sexual violence.

Tribal Elder Protection Team Toolkit: Developing Your Team

Presenters Jacqueline S. Gray and Sloan M. Henry of the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative review the new Tribal Elder Protection Team Toolkit, a resource designed to assist tribal communities in developing tribal elder protection teams (EPT).
The toolkit aims to help identify vested partners or potential EPT members to help respond to elder abuse in Indian Country. The speakers will cover each section of the EPT Toolkit, how to develop a tribal EPT and Tribal Elder Protection Codes, selecting team members, and additional tips on culturally sensitive and appropriate practices commonly accepted in tribal communities.

Sacred Sites Training Video

This training video for federal employees and contractors was developed in coordination with subject matter experts from across the Federal Government, Indian Country, Academia and Tribal Advocacy Groups. This training was finalized in Fall 2016 with assistance from the Department of Justice’s National Indian Country Training Initiative.

Working with Asian and Pacific Islander Communities

Advocate Training Curriculum: Sexual Violence Against Asian and Pacific Islander Women 
Training curriculum for advocates working with survivors who have come from conflict zones including preparation around advocate discomfort, language, community responses, and agency-level preparation.

Evidence-Informed Practices to Serve Asian/Pacific Islander Domestic Violence Survivors, 2018

To address the domestic violence dynamics and trends in API communities, advocates have designed programs based on an intimate knowledge of their communities and the needs of API survivors. This webinar identifies the differing dynamics and current domestic violence trends API immigrant and refugee survivors are facing. It will describe the A-Z Advocacy Model’s inventory of evidence-informed practices and the foundational principles that anchor this unique model.

HIV & Intimate Partner Violence Among Asian American and Pacific Islander Women: Overlooked and on the Margins, 2015

This webinar surveys the landscape of what puts women and girls at risk – including biological, socioeconomic, and cultural considerations; and offers recommendations to connect AAPI women to safety, testing, treatment and care.

Working with LGBTQIA+ Communities

The Vulnerabilities of LGBTQ and Homeless Youth to Human Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

This session will address lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer or questioning youth; young men who have sex with men; and young women who have sex with women who are victims of human trafficking, experiencing homelessness, or engaged in survival sex. The session will discuss the delivery of trauma-informed, gender-sensitive, and inclusive services, and how service providers can advocate to improve their experiences with law enforcement, the criminal justice system, and the child welfare system.

LGBT Services

This session features Nadia Swanson, LMSW, Coordinator of Training and Advocacy at the Ali Forney Center and Melissa Brockie, MSW, New Day Center Director at UMOM. Participants gain information on how to incorporate best practices and strategies for meeting the needs of LGBT clients, ensuring safety and confidentiality while building community partnerships to better serve this population, particularly for those who have experienced human trafficking and/or homelessness.

Who Are Transgender People? Transgender Basics for Victim Service Providers 
Fact sheet for advocates working with people who are transgender.

Working with Black and African American Communities

Black Women and Sexual Assault 
Infosheet from The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community on the prevalence of sexual assault for Black women and cultural considerations that impact healing and justice.

Intimate Partner Violence in the Black Community 
Infosheet from The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community on the prevalence of intimate partner violence in the Black community with specific considerations for homicide, stalking, and rape.

Other Services and Resources

Culture and Trauma Resources  
Extensive hub of resources related to trauma and culture from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network.

Tools for Transformation: Becoming Accessible, Culturally Responsive, and Trauma-Informed Organizations — An Organizational Reflection Toolkit
The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health (NCDVTMH) designed this Tool for organizations serving survivors of domestic and sexual violence and their children. Its purpose is to support organizations in their efforts to become more accessible, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed (ACRTI) in their approach and services.

National Center for Cultural Competence  
Website to increase the capacity of health care and mental health care programs to promote health and mental health equity with resources, self-assessment tools, and distance learning opportunities.
Racial Equity Toolkit from the MI Dept of Civil Rights 
Step-by-step guide available to any government agency, community or organization looking to advance racial equity. The Toolkit provides an easy-to-follow process for incorporating racial equity into all decision-making and policy development.

Collaborating with Culturally Specific Organizations to End Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

This webinar is part of the five-part webinar series, “Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Sexual Assault: Strategies to Strengthen Community Collaboration to Respond to Survivors’ Needs,” which offers strategies, practical tips, case studies, and resources to help domestic violence and sexual assault service providers improve outcomes for human trafficking survivors. This session identifies effective collaboration strategies that leverage culturally specific resources on behalf of survivors; explains the overlap between human trafficking, domestic violence, and sexual assault; explores ways to effectively engage the justice system and community stakeholders and sustain involvement; and considers examples of partnerships to build agency capacity and enhance victim identification.

Working with Elderly Victims

The Executive Office for United States Attorneys, in conjunction with the Department of Justice’s Elder Justice Initiative, presents this webinar as part of the effort to provide training on elder abuse for prosecutors, victim specialists, law enforcement, and others. A panel of experts shares their experiences working with elderly victims and advice for those hoping to serve elderly victims better.

An Introduction to Culturally Specific Advocacy
Brief article outlining the three domains of culture: 1) culture of domestic violence and gender inequality, 2) culture of familial and community values and norms, and 3) culture of systems.

Healing from Collective Trauma  
Brief article outlining the importance of understanding and confronting collective trauma, including colonialism, war, genocide, slavery, incarceration, terrorism, displacement, poverty, and natural or human-made disasters, and a video on post-traumatic slave syndrome.

Working With Underserved or Marginalized Survivors 
Hub of resources for working to end homelessness for domestic and sexual violence survivors with key considerations for communities of color, survivors with disabilities, immigrant survivors, LGBTQ survivors, male survivors, Native survivors, re-entering survivors, survivors in rural areas, survivors who are veterans, and survivors with mental health or substance abuse challenges.

Resource Centers for Culturally Undeserved Populations

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