StrongHearts Native Helpline spans outreach across Indian Country

September 2017 

In its first six months of operation, the StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE) is supporting Native survivors of domestic violence and dating violence across Indian Country and in our Alaska Native villages. Launched in March, StrongHearts helps fulfill a great need to connect Native survivors with culturally rooted domestic violence services, which the helpline’s advocates aim to provide through indigenous-based advocacy.

StrongHearts, a partnered project of the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and the National Domestic Violence Hotline, initially focused its outreach efforts on tribal communities in Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska, but has since reached Native victims in need in Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas and Utah. The team has also reached out to tribal leaders at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Mid-Year Conference and tribal housing allies at the National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) Annual Convention this past summer.

Upcoming outreach events for StrongHearts include a domestic violence and sexual assault conference in Oklahoma (September 12-14), student and faculty workshops at Haskell Indian Nations University (September 21-23) in collaboration with NIWRC sister project Native Love, and the Four Corners Indian Country Conference in Arizona (September 25-27). See more events and join the conversation by liking StrongHearts’ Facebook page! You can also request brochures, posters and palm cards by filling out the online form here. Please share this much-needed resource with your communities!

StrongHearts Native Helpline is open Monday through Friday 9-5:30pm CST by calling 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483).