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NIWRC Advocacy Curriculum

We are pleased to present the NIWRC Advocacy Curriculum! The role of advocate is challenging, multi-faceted and sometimes over-whelming. This curriculum was created to support tribal programs in their efforts to provide advocacy and safety for survivors within their communities and make changes to end violence by embracing Indigenous culture. This curriculum provides comprehensive, basic information. The major use of this curriculum is for new advocates when other training is not immediately available, or cost prohibited. It can also be used for team building, in-services, public education and cross-training initiatives.

Part 1, Violence Against Native Women: Root Causes, Dynamics & Trauma-Informed Advocacy, lays the foundation from a trauma-informed, culturally based background and perspective, clarifies the purpose and meaning for the work of advocates, both for those new to the work, and for those who have been doing the work for a while. It contains five sections: History, Root Causes and Dynamics of Violence & Social Change, Dynamics and Tactics of Battering/ Intimate Partner Violence, Overview of Advocates’ Role,  Trauma: Impact and Effects, and Trauma-Informed Approaches and Advocacy.

Part 2, Advocacy: Skills, Shelter, Systems & Community focuses on the skills, initiatives and actions of advocates and programs. It has four sections: Basic Advocacy Skills, includes active listening, safety planning and protection orders shelter guidelines, crisis line responses; Special Populations & Advocacy, includes unlearning internalized oppression, advocacy with LGBTQ community members, male victims and those with different abilities; Basics of Shelter & Providing Safe Space, includes purpose of shelter, programming, rules/guideline and confidentiality, and Working Outside Shelter Doors covers ally-building, systems advocacy and coordinated community response and public education campaigns.

An additional power point called Intersection: Sex Trafficking and Domestic Violence is included as a basic introduction to the issue of sex trafficking.

This curriculum includes an electronic version of power points with Facilitator Notes, table of contents with objectives and agendas for each session. Folders containing background information, handouts and mindfulness/ relaxation exercises are also provided.

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This curriculum was made possible by Grant Number 90EV0452-01-00 from the Administration of Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.