Today, the StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE) announced the expansion of its hours of operation, which are now 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST, seven days a week, in order to better serve those impacted by domestic violence and dating violence in tribal communities across the U.S. Callers reaching out after hours may connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline (1-800-799-SAFE) by selecting option 1. To date, the StrongHearts Native Helpline has received more than 2,100 calls from victims, survivors, concerned family members and friends, service providers and more, helping to close a gap in culturally-appropriate resources for those facing abuse.
“After hearing from so many tribes and advocates about their community needs, we are so pleased to expand our operating hours to better serve Native victims of relationship abuse,” said StrongHearts Assistant Director Lori Jump (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians). “Domestic violence impacts our relatives every hour of every day, so it’s critical for us to be available as much as possible. Yet, we also understand we can’t do this work alone. We are honored to be working alongside tribal advocates and programs doing this good work to help Native people seek lives that are free of abuse.”
With the support from the National Domestic Violence Hotline, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, StrongHearts established its official call center in Eagan, Minnesota. The helpline also increased its advocate staff in order to respond to callers, many of whom are seeking support as they navigate difficult barriers to justice, healing and safety. For more information about the StrongHearts Native Helpline, visit www.strongheartshelpline.org.