Offering services to both Native and Non-Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or dating violence.
The Seminole Nation Domestic Violence Program mission is to empower both Native American and Non-native families in breaking the cycle of violence through helping families understand the different types of abuse, finding safe housing, and obtaining healthy relationships that do not involve manipulation or control of another person.
Types of Services Provided
- Victim Advocacy
- Housing Assistance
- Crisis Intervention
- Transitional Living Assistance
- Court Advocacy
- Utility Assistance
- Referral Assistance
- Shelter Placement Assistance
Transitional Living Assistance
Assistance can be provided to victims and their families if currently residing in a domestic violence shelter and are financially ready to transition into obtaining a residence of their own. A shelter verification letter showing that shelter was the primary residence for the last 20 days is needed along with income verification prior to filling out the application. Any additional items that may be needed will be discussed at the time of intake.
Housing and Utility Assistance
Assistance can be provided to victims of domestic violence and/or sexual assault. All applicants must have income verification along with the most recent bill or letter stating who will be receiving the funds and the amount owed. If needing housing assistance a letter from the landlord will be needed. Once all information has been gathered an application needs to be filled out in the Seminole Nation Domestic Violence office. Any additional items that may be needed will be discussed at the time of intake.
Assists victims by offering educational classes that focus on the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual abuse. Each victim is helped with emotional support, recognizing resources in and outside the community, and referrals whenever services are not provided through SNDV.
Helps assists victim who are in need of filing an emergency protective order. An SNDV advocate will help with filling out all necessary paperwork in obtaining an emergency protective order and prepare the victim for following court proceedings.
Shelter Placement Assistance
Currently the domestic violence program is finishing its completion of a newly constructed safe house. The safe house will provide emergency housing to women and children who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and/or dating violence. The mission of the safe house program is to help and improve the lives of both Native and Non-Native victims. The shelter program is committed to providing shelter, safety, and advocacy for individuals victimized by violence. The Seminole Nation Domestic Violence believe empowerment is possible when self esteem is raised and will endeavor to incorporate personal as well as cultural self worth and pride into our living experience at the safe house.
Sexual Assault Program
The sexual assault program provides a trained Advocate who offers services to victims of sexual abuse. This program provides educational classes as well as referrals to a Licensed Professional Counselor for survivors who are in need of therapeutic services. The Sexual Assault Advocate provides crisis services by supporting victims who choose to receive rape exams and will also provide court advocacy for those involved in seeking prosecution of the offenders (s) in the courts. Clothing, short term medical due to the sexual abuse and gas financial assistance also is provided to victims participating in the program. Informational tables and community education can also be requested at any time.
The shelter program provides short-term housing for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and/or dating violence. This particular program is to help victims who are fleeing from an abusive relationship or family member who is in need of immediate safety and confidential housing. In order to access this program the crisis line needs to be contacted at 405-382-3762 and a short questionnaire will be asked of the caller in order to assess whether the request meets the criteria of the shelter program. Due to federal mandated guidelines the shelter program is not for any person who is homeless but only for those who are victims of any of the following: domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and/or dating violence. Staff can be reached on the crisis line at 405-382-3762 24 hours a day.
Batterer’s Intervention Program
The batterer’s intervention program is a new upcoming service that will be offered at the Domestic Violence Program to provide the monitoring of offenders convicted of domestic abuse who have been court ordered to receive 52 weeks of BIP groups. The Batterer’s Coordinator will provide these weekly group sessions and work closely with Tribal Courts as well as the local non-Tribal court system in providing information pertaining to the offender(s) court compliance. This program will be available late in the summer of 2012. More information can be obtained by calling the Domestic Violence Program at 405-382-3762.
Domestic Violence Files
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