Section 904 Task Force

The Section 904 federal advisory task force supports the Department of Justice's program of research on violence against American Native and Alaska Native Women. The task force and program of research are focusing on the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, murder, and sex trafficking. 

The task force was established on March 31, 2008 and rechartered in 2010, 2012 and 2016. The members are appointed by the Attorney General.

    The task force is a working body; duties include:

    • Provide feedback on priorities, research design strategies, research and evaluation protocol, and findings.
    • Assist in disseminating results that influence policy and practice.
    • Draft and review reports and recommendations.

    Members must be representatives of:

    • Tribal governments
    • National tribal domestic violence and sexual assault nonprofit organizations
    • National tribal organizations

    Read the 2017 Letter Calling for Nominations for the Task Force. Scroll down for information about the program of research. 

    See a list of Section 904 Task Force Members.

    Past meetings:  

    • 2013 Meeting. On March 7-8, 2013, the Task Force met to receive updates and give feedback about NIJ's program of research. Read a summary of the meeting. 
    • 2009 Meeting. On December 9, 2009, the Task Force met to discuss a draft of recommendations on the NIJ program of research. Read the March 18, 2010 recommendations.
    • 2008 Meeting. On June 29-30, 2008, the Task Force met and heard reports from NIJ and OVW about federal stakeholders meetings; about the methodologies for the large, tribal representative study; and discussed a marketing strategy for tribal participation outreach.

    Program of Research. OVW and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) coordinate to support the administration of the federal advisory task force and to conduct research on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women in Indian Country.

    The research and task force are authorized by the Violence Against Women Act of 2005, Title IX, Section 904(a)(1)(2). Learn more about the legislation

    The research consists of multiple projects that will be accomplished over an extended period of time. The research is broad in scope and will:    

    • Examine violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women (including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and murder) and identify factors that place women at risk for victimization.
    • Evaluate the effectiveness of federal, state, tribal, and local responses to violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women.
    • Propose recommendations to improve effectiveness of the responses.

    The program of research is designed to 1) provide an accurate reporting of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women in tribal communities, 2) provide reliable, valid estimates of the scope of the problem, and 3) identify problems and possible solutions that may lead to public policies and prevention strategies designed to decrease the incidence of violent crimes committed against American Indian and Alaska Native women. The research is the first national effort to collect information of this kind from American Indian and Alaska Native women living in Indian Country and Alaska Native communities. Learn more about the Program of Research at the National Institute of Justice.

    Updated December 15, 2017

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