The Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA) program hosted and partnered with the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) to co-facilitate a Tribal peer-to-peer mentoring meeting August 9th-11th in Denver, Colorado. FVPSA funded Tribal programs from regions 2, 5, 7 & 8 participated in the 2 ½ day meeting. The meeting was rich with presentations and dialogue on pressing issues like safe housing options, the intersection of substance abuse, mental health and domestic violence, and supporting male victims of domestic violence.
“The Tribal Peer to Peer Mentoring meeting provided an outstanding opportunity for tribal domestic violence programs, shelters and advocates in FVPSA Regions 5, 7 and 8 to come together, connect, learn from each other and support one another as we journey onward in addressing the violence in our communities.” Said Gwendolyn Packard, Program Specialist for NIWRC. “This gathering represented a unique partnership with the FVPSA office and the NIWRC; it was an amazing movement building, grass roots alliance to end the violence.”
The meeting yielded great suggestions on how to better serve victims of domestic violence such as creating safe houses, instead of only offering communal living options to help reach the needs of male victims, and building a type of program that addresses substance abuse as a family unit. “Great information I can’t wait to take what I have learned back home,” said a participant.