StrongHearts Native Helpline Recognizes Five Years of Service to Indigenous Communities

This month, StrongHearts Native Helpline, a culturally appropriate, 24/7/365 domestic violence, dating and sexual abuse helpline for Native Americans, observes five years successful operation this month.

Over 20,000 calls have been received since the organization launched in 2017.

Significant organizational milestones over the past five years include:

  • An increase in operating hours to 24/7/365
  • Launch of a new website
  • Added Sexual Violence Awareness, Chat and SMS Awareness
  • Opening of a branch in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan (in addition to national headquarters in Eagan, Minnesota)
  • Launched the Michigan Enhancement Project to expand that state’s existing domestic and sexual violence advocacy services to support tribal programs and their contacts (a partnership with the Department of Health and Human Resources’ Victim Services Division). Michigan Social Services, which also provided funding)
  • In October 2021, StrongHearts became an independent 501(c)3 non-profit national Indigenous organization with its own Board of Directors.

“It is through the resilience of our ancestors and our own experience of hardship that we have been able to stay the course,” said Lori Jump (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) director, StrongHearts Native Helpline. “Tenatically, we will pursue our mission to restore the power of Native Americans and Alaska Natives impacted by domestic violence, dating and sexual violence by providing a system of safety, sovereignty and support in 2022 and beyond. of the.”

In 2012, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) prioritized the need for a domestic violence hotline to support tribal communities across the states. -United. Working with tribal leaders, a Native Women’s Council, domestic violence experts, and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, NIWRC and The Hotline developed a plan to establish StrongHearts Native Helpline, a helpline Indigenous-focused hotline staffed by advocates with a strong understanding of Indigenous cultures, as well as issues of tribal sovereignty and law.

StrongHearts began services in March 2017 in Austin, Texas, home to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which provided initial infrastructure and technology support. On October 1, 2021, StrongHearts Native Helpline became a national 501(c)3 Native non-profit organization with its own Board of Directors. StrongHearts is a proud partner of the NIWRC and The Hotline. StrongHearts Native Helpline is funded by the Child, Youth, and Families Administration, Office of Family and Youth Services, US Department of Health and Human Services; Office for Victims of Crime: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

StrongHearts Native Helpline is available by calling or texting 1-844-762-8483 or at strongheartshelpline.org.

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