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Indian Country Law Enforcement Coordination and Outreach- Domestic Violence Awareness

October 11, 2016

On Sept. 30, 2016, the President of the United States proclaimed October 2016 as National Awareness Month, and called on “all Americans to speak out against domestic violence and support local efforts to support victims of these crimes in finding the help and healing they need.”  U.S. Attorney Damon P. Martinez responded to the President’s appeal by sponsoring and participating in a series of trainings and events aimed at raising awareness about domestic violence, helping survivors seek justice and enjoy full and healthy lives, and holding accountable those who engage in this criminal conduct. As part of its National Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, in collaboration with the BIA Office of Justice Services, hosted a four-hour training program on the exercise of federal jurisdiction and the enforcement of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) in Indian County.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office offered this training in recognition of the fact that Native American women experience violence, including domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking and murder, at rates dramatically higher than other women in this country.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office is committed to improving the safety of women in our tribal communities by working with tribal governments to decrease the number of Native American women who fall victim to violence and to strengthen the capacity of tribal governments to respond to violent crimes and support victims. 

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