FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 15, 2012
CONTACT: Dawn R. Stover, Director, Native Alliance Against Violence, 405-208-5189, dawn@OklahomaNAAV.org
The Native Alliance Against Violence has been selected by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, to participate in a national Advocacy Learning Center
Oklahoma City, November 15, 2012 – Working to end violence against women is not a small task but in Oklahoma where the Native Alliance Against Violence (NAAV) has been selected by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women to participate in the national Advocacy Learning Center, the task just got a little easier. The national Advocacy Learning Center, offered by Praxis International and Manavi, in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women, is an 18-month course created to strengthen how advocacy programs engage with survivors, and how to strategize and act to improve responses to violence against women. The NAAV team members, Dawn Stover, Executive Director, and Teola Durant of the Choctaw Nation, Board Regional Representative, travel to three in-person events and participate in numerous distance learning activities. The Native Alliance Against Violence was selected as one of only 18 programs to join the course. Currently 54 programs and142 advocates are participating in the Center.
The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that every ninety seconds, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted, and that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States. Untold numbers of women suffer permanent injuries – brain damage, blindness, deafness, and disfigurement as well as severe emotional trauma – anxiety, shame, despair, and even thoughts of suicide. The Native Alliance Against Violence, Oklahoma’s Tribal Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, serves Oklahoma’s tribal domestic violence and sexual assault programs who work to protect survivors of sexual and domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, prostitutions, and human trafficking.
Whether abuse is occurring next door, across town or down the street, it is only natural to want to help our family, our neighbors, and our friends when we think they are in trouble. As individuals and as concerned members of our community we can find ways to help people in trouble and stop the violence in our community. For more information about how you can help end violence against women contact the Native Alliance Against Violence at 405-208-5189 or on the web at www.OklahomaNAAV.org.