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Advocates open StrongHearts Native Helpline for Native survivors

The StrongHearts Native Helpline can be reached at 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483).

StrongHearts Native Helpline, the first crisis line for Native survivors of domestic violence and dating violence, is now operational.

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center launched the project in partnership with the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Survivors can receive culturally-relevant and confidential assistance by calling 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483) Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5:30pm Central time.

“The reality is that so many of our American Indian and Alaska Native people experience domestic violence and dating violence every day,” Lucy Rain Simpson, a citizen of Navajo Nation who serves as the executive director of NIWRC, said n a press release. “It has never been more evident that our Native people need a Native helpline to support efforts to restore power and safety in our tribal communities. The StrongHearts Native Helpline is ready to answer that call.”

StrongHearts is focusing on Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska for its initial launch. The three states represent about 12.5 percent of the Native American population in the United States.

“The team will leverage the large number of Native-centered resources established within these states to begin providing services, with further outreach to tribal communities as StrongHearts continues to grow,” said Simpson.

Nationally, Native women and men are victimized at rates far higher than the rest of the population, according to Department of Justice reports. Most of the perpetrators are from another race.

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