Reducing Violence Against American Indian Women: Strategic Planning for a Victim Service Agency in Arizona

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Reducing Violence Against American Indian Women: Strategic Planning for a Victim Service Agency in Arizona Reducing Violence Against American Indian Women: Strategic Planning for a Victim Agency in Arizona The proposed study addresses these problems by developing a strategic plan for one victim service organization, Page Regional Domestic Violence Services, that assists a large number of Navajo victims of intimate partner and sexual violence. There primary clients are women ages 21 and older. The agency is located in Arizona, which has one of the largest American Indian populations in the country (U.S. Census, 2013) and the largest tribe in the country, the Navajo Nation. The Navajo Nation spans multiple states, takes in over 27,000 square miles and has over 300,000 members, both the largest in population and area of any tribe in the country. The Executive Director has expressed a strong interest and willingness to collaborate with the PI and her team to develop a strategic plan (see letter of support in Appendix). A collaborative approach between the research team and the agency is important for implementing the strategic plan while allowing the agency to maintain ownership over its programs. This will allow the agency to maintain a seamless system of service delivery, which is informed by American Indian cultures and values. The proposed study is among the first to conduct a strategic plan of victim services designed specifically for American Indians. As such, its findings not only will benefit the agency but also may extend to other victim service agencies with American Indian clients in three specific ways. First, the strategic plan will allow the victim service agency to gain a fuller understanding of the needs and backgrounds of their clients. This is critical for identifying which services to invest time and resources into. Second, the victim service agency will better understand the extent to which they are effectively serving their clientele. Third, the strategic plan will identify any unmet client needs that the agency may improve upon to increase the effectiveness of services. The development of a strategic plan will have broad implications and a long lasting impact on the agency, on American Indian women who have been victims, and in terms of the general provision of services to this under-served group. In addition to the implications for the victim agency and clients, this study will provide key insights about violence against American Indian women in general. In the process of developing the strategic plan, victimized American Indian women will be surveyed in addition to interviews with agency personnel. The results of these in-depth surveys and interviews will provide a unique understanding of American Indian womens victimization experiences, needs, and help-seeking behaviors. This understanding will have important implications for preventing and reducing res love.
Effective start/end date10/1/159/30/18


  • DOJ: Office of Justice Programs (OJP): $99,756.00


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