Specialty Institute: Enhancing Indigenous Advocacy for Survivors of IPV Impacted by Trauma, Mental Health, and Substance Use


The 2024 NIWRC Specialty Institute will offer presentations addressing the complex intersections of IPV with substance use, trauma, and mental health challenges that survivors experience. IPV increases survivors’ risks of suicidality, substance use disorders, depression, PTSD, and other mental health impacts. These issues are often weaponized by offenders to revictimize, victim-blame, and isolate survivors. Survivors of domestic violence and intimate partner violence are challenged with many obstacles, especially navigating systems, finding safety, and accessing services. Additionally, survivors face increased abuse, violence, and sabotaging of recovery by current or former partners when they reach out and access resources. This Specialty Institute highlights promising practices that showcase the critical need for:

  • Trauma-informed advocacy.
  • Resilience-informed advocacy.
  • Culturally relevant advocacy. 

Who Should Attend: Indigenous advocates, Community Activists/ Organizers, Mental Health Professionals, Substance Use Counselors, Survivors, Community Members, Tribal Coalitions, Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice, and Tribal social services staff, Tribal leadership and anyone wanting to support their Relatives.

Hyatt Place Peña Station / Denver Airport
6110 North Panasonic Way
Denver, Colorado, United States, 80249

Specialty Institute 2024 Draft Agenda - awaiting approval - subject to change