From the Executive Director…

lucy simpson

We at the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center are proud to announce our partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline, in development of the new StrongHearts Native Helpline! The goal of the StrongHearts Native Helpline is to ensure that Native victims of domestic violence can access safety in a culturally relevant manner and eventually live their lives free of abuse. We are currently hiring six full time positions to staff the helpline.  Be sure to apply or share these job announcements with those interested!

The 2016 Fall edition of Advocate! Beyond the Shelter Doors newsletter includes: fall awareness months coming up, the FVPSA Tribal Peer to Peer meeting, guest contributor Gretchen Carroll on her sexual assault activism, the United State of Native Women PSA campaign, updates from the congressional briefing on the findings from the 2010 National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey and a personal essay from NIWRC’s Secretary Diane Spotted Elk and her experience camping at the Sacred Stone Camp. Get involved by signing your organization up with the NIWRC letter “Standing in Solidarity with Standing Rock” and by signing your organization up to support a National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Native Women and Girls.

In the new Featured Art section, read about Luzene Hill, a Cherokee Multi-media artist, whose recent installation, “Retracing the Trace” addresses the issue of violence toward women, a work completely connected to the artist’s own experience as a survivor of sexual assault. If you have an idea for the Featured Art section please let us know. We share art forms as a means of social change including; new documentaries or films, art exhibits and positive/uplifting projects connecting to domestic or family violence. Suggestions welcome!

As always, we are grateful to be a part of our shared continued work in such a robust and fulfilling movement.


Lucy Rain Simpson

Executive Director, NIWRC