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Congressman Don Young Announces Over $4 Million in Department of Justice Grants to Combat Domestic Violence, Support Survivors in Alaska

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Washington, September 16, 2020 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Today, Alaska Congressman Don Young announced that the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of Violence Against Women has awarded over $4 million to various state, Alaska Native, and community organizations under the Rural Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Grant Program. These funds will be used to help Alaskan entities combat domestic abuse, stop violence against women, and prevent sexual assault and rape.

“Every year, women and girls around the country survive rape, domestic abuse, and other forms of tragic violence, and sadly, many of these heinous crimes are more prevalent in Alaska Native communities,” said Congressman Don Young. “Alaska often ranks first as the state with the highest rates of women killed by men, and Alaska Native women are ten times more likely to experience domestic violence than other women in the United States. We can and must do more to prevent violence against women, support survivors, and bring perpetrators of these criminal acts to justice. This funding will go a long way toward helping us keep our children and families safe. We must continue promoting a culture of zero-tolerance for domestic violence, and I am grateful to the Department of Justice for recognizing the urgent need for these crucial resources. I will continue working in Congress to ensure that all of our communities are safe places for Alaskans to thrive.”

Grant recipients and award amounts courtesy of the Department of Justice:

Aiding Women from Abuse and Rape Emergencies, Incorporated: $ 636,020

Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies (AWARE), in partnership with the Alaska Legal Services Corporation, will continue to provide comprehensive, wrap-around legal and supportive services to empower victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in communities in northern Southeast Alaska. With this supplemental award, the project will continue to support: 1) a full-time staff attorney; 2) a full-time legal advocate; and 3) a mental health counselor to provide direct, co-located mental health services. These three team members will assists/victim survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and dating violence in protective order proceedings and related civil legal matters.

Alaska Native Justice Center: $ 750,000

The Alaska Native Justice Center, in partnership with the Cook Inlet Tribal Council, will continue to provide culturally specific direct services to Alaska Native and American Indian victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the southcentral Cook Inlet region. Specifically, the project will use this supplemental award to support: 1) a full-time Tribal Liaison Victim Advocate to provide culturally specific direct services; 2) emergency assistance and pro se legal clinic services; 3) career development and job placement services for victims; 4) development and distribution of a rural victim resource guide; and 4) culturally informed training for community services providers, law enforcement and court staff to build capacity for serving victims in remote communities.

Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium: $ 499,951

The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC), in partnership with Alaska Legal Services Corporation (ALSC) and Tundra Women’s Coalition (TWC), will implement cross-sector health justice curriculum targeting Tribal Community Health Practitioners (TCHPs) to increase access to health care and legal assistance for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. Specifically, this award will support: 1) the creation of a logic model and progress measurement tool; and 2) development of a cross-sector curriculum addressing how to respond to victims in a culturally appropriate manner; and 3) village-based health care services for victims. Funding will also be used to hire a project coordinator that will spearhead the curriculum development and provide instruction on the courses once developed. The timing for performance of this award is 36 months.

Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal Government: $ 499,987

The Aleut Community of St. Paul Island Tribal Government, in partnership with Pribilof School District, St. Paul Island Tribal Court, and Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church, will enhance and strengthen advocacy services for domestic violence, sexual assault and dating violence victims entering emergency shelter and transitional housing. Specifically, this initial award will be used to support: 1) a part-time sexual assault advocate and a part-time domestic violence advocate who will assist victims with protection orders, securing shelter housing; and employment; 2) community outreach through radio announcements and local events; and 3) two staff training sessions per project year for medical staff, SART/SANE nurses, and advocates. The timing for performance of this award is 36 months.

Kawerak, Incorporated: $ 498,555

Kawerak, Incorporated, a regional non-profit tribal consortia serving 20 tribes in the Bering Strait region of Northwestern Alaska, seeks to improve the multi-disciplinary response to high risk domestic violence cases and child sexual assault. This project will expand the Kawerak Child Advocacy Center (CAC) services to include advocacy and outreach services. Funding will support a CAC Specialist who will: 1) conduct forensic interviews; 2) track cases; and 3) coordinate outreach to Tribal leaders, school personnel and community members. Funds will also be used to provide trainings on strangulation, teen dating and violence domestic violence awareness.

Safe - Safe and Fear Free Environment: $ 449,716

Safe and Fear-Free Environment (SAFE) will partner with the Dillingham Police Department, Dillingham City School District, State of Alaska Office of Children’s Services, Bristol Bay Native Association, and the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation to continue providing victim-centered services through the Aurora Project. Specifically, this supplemental award will be used to support: 1) one part-time outreach and education coordinator, a part-time direct services coordinator, a part-time shelter manager, and 4 full-time village based advocate positions; 2) emergency shelter and transportation; 3) training for advocates, volunteer helpers, and community health aides working with adult and child victims; 4) trauma-informed training for law enforcement, village based advocates, tribal courts, tribal children service workers, educators, and childcare workers; 5) a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) for adult victims of sexual assault; and 6) an outreach and education campaign to inform community of available services and resources in response to sexual assault, domestic violence, and child victimization.

Tundra Women's Coalition: $ 500,000

Trundra Women’s Coalition (TWC), in partnership with the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation, will provide services to both adult and children victims of sexual assault who seek assistance through the TWC Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC), and its Sexual Assault Response and Coordinated Community Response (CCR) to Domestic Violence teams. Specifically, this supplemental award will be used to: 1) hire a legal advocate to assist victims with protection orders, court accompaniment and securing legal representation; 2) hire a CCR coordinator to work with law enforcement in responding to domestic violence cases, and provide input on case reviews; 3) hire a CAC outreach advocate to provide services to victims residing at the local shelter, facilitate support groups for non-offending parents, and assist with forensic interviews; and 4) develop a bi-annual plan for making TWC's emergency services available to 58 communities in the Yukon-Kushkowin region of Southwest Alaska. Funding will also support the development and delivery of training on responding to adult sexual assault for first responders.

Women in Safe Homes: $ 427,699

Women in Safe Homes (WISH), in coordination with its partners, will develop a Multi-Disciplinary Team (MDT) and establish a Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in southern Southeastern Alaska. Specifically, funding will be used to: 1) conduct a needs assessment to evaluate current services and improve management of case investigations; 2) develop protocols and procedures for operating the MDT and CAC; 3) provide regional trainings for law enforcement, MDT and CAC staff on investigating crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking; and 4) secure a physical location for conducting victim interviews, medical exams and investigation work.

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