Technical Assistance

The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center’s overall mission is to provide leadership and resources to end violence against American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian women by supporting culturally grounded, grassroots advocacy to restore the sovereignty and safety for Native women. To that end, our primary goal is to support the development and capacity of grassroots, trauma, and healing-informed Tribal programs and advocates, and to create women and survivor-led, inclusive, culturally-based social change initiatives to end violence against Indigenous women and relatives.

NIWRC provides culturally specific technical assistance including policy development, in addition to training and resource development, for tribes, tribal programs, and advocates to help establish and strengthen their responses to violence against Native women, and survivors who are 2 Spirit LGBTQ and/or men.  Our technical assistance focuses on capacity building, programmatic and policy development in the areas of intimate partner violence, sexual violence, missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and relatives, stalking, sex trafficking and coordinated community response.

Technical Assistance (TA) includes a range of activities designed to assist in problem-solving and build individual and organizational capacity to:
1) improve practice, including those related to the provision of advocacy to victims/survivors;
2) engage in policy analysis and enhance systems or institutional level response;
3) raise public awareness and/or mobilize prevention activities;
4) support research; or
5) any other aspect of intervention or prevention efforts.

Training can be part of technical assistance only if necessary to ensure effective capacity building, development and/or implementation of policies, procedures and/or response.

Apply for Technical Assistance 


Technical assistance may be provided by consultation, referral, and/or virtual platforms. As needed and budget allows, 2  to 3 day  in-person on-site visits may also be arranged.  NIWRC can also connect tribes and advocates to regional Tribal coalitions, Native organizations, and trained consultants throughout our network.

Some examples of technical assistance focus areas are below. When requesting TA, please be specific about the problem or issue you are dealing with, identifying one area of need. 

  • Program development/staff development
  • Strategic planning
  • Shelter development and/or meeting safe housing needs, including transitional housing
  • Development of trauma-informed responses, policies, and procedures
  • Incorporating community organizing, community awareness, and education initiatives
  • Developing policies and/or practices to meet the needs of domestic/ intimate partner violence survivors experiencing mental health issues and/or substance use
  • Strengthening and restoring coordinated community responses
  • Establishing batterers/offender’s re-education programs
  • Creating strategies to address child welfare in the context of domestic violence
  • Promoting advocacy/awareness in working with healthcare systems
  • Safety and technology practices and policies
  • Research for tribal communities, including data collection and program evaluation
  • Strategies and policies for work with LGBTQ2S communities in the context of intimate partner violence
  • Pandemic or disaster relief

To request technical assistance, please apply below. You will receive a confirmation of your submission within 5 working days. We will work with you to tailor technical assistance specifically for your program and community. Questions about technical assistance? Contact Tara at For other information or questions, please use our Contact Us page


To request a speaker for an event:  Submit a request through our Contact Us page. Please allow for a couple months advance notice of the event when possible.

For students, researchers or media:  Please explore our Resource Library for webinars, special collections, booklets, fact sheets, research papers, videos, toolkits, reports, training curriculum and materials, among many other supporting documents.

We encourage you to explore the following resources from NIWRC’s Resource Library:
Shelter and Other Safe Space Information PacketResource
Advocacy Information PacketResource
LGBT2S+ Toolkit and SummaryResource
Privacy, Confidentiality, Privileged Communications: Keystones to SafetyResource
Fact Sheet: Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men
Special Collection: Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls
Special Collection: Cultural Competency/Humility & Ally-Building in Indian Country