Section 904 Task Force

The Task Force on Research on Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women (commonly referred to as the Section 904 task force), is a federal advisory committee that provides advice and recommendations on the Department of Justice National Institute of Justice's program of research on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native Women. 

The Task Force was authorized by Section 904(a)(3) of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (Pub. L. No. 109-162) and is subject to the requirements of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Task Force provides advice and recommendations on the development and implementation of a program of research that examines violence against Indian women in Indian Country and Alaska Native villages, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, murder, and sex trafficking, and evaluates the effectiveness of federal, state, tribal, and local responses to these crimes. 

The task force was established on March 31, 2008 and rechartered in 2010, 2012, 2016, 2018, and 2020. The members are appointed by the Attorney General and are representatives of:

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

Over the years, Task Force members have provided feedback on the National Institute of Justice’s program of research priorities, research design strategies, research and evaluation protocols, and research and evaluation findings. To obtain input from additional tribal stakeholders, OVW has solicited nominations for new members.

See a list of Section 904 Task Force Members.

Updated January 17, 2023

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