Victim advocates are at the forefront of advancing safety and justice for American Indian/Alaska Native victims of sexual violence, often standing on the frontlines and fighting many hard-won battles. This section is dedicated to aiding victim advocates in Indian Country by supplying them with the tools and resources they need to perform their jobs more efficiently.
Under the Safety Planning tab, advocates can find everything they need to know about safety planning and effectively prepare a safety plan for victims of sexual assault. One of the most important services that victim advocates can develop for victims of sexual assault is developing a safety plan. A safety plan is a contingency plan to enable the victim and her children to reach safety. Each victim's situation is unique, so that every safety plan will be different. This tab's resources will help victim advocates develop the best safety plan possible for every individual victim.
Under the Confidentiality tab, victim advocates will be able to access information on how best to maintain their duty of confidentiality. This tab contains resources informing one-stop-shop for all the information a victim advocate needs to know about getting a victim out of a dangerous situation and into a safe one, as well as when they legally can and cannot share information about a victim. It also contains information about establishing agency-wide confidentiality policies.
The Shelters tab contains a list of all available shelters in Indian Country. This is what an advocate needs to know about getting a victim out of a dangerous situation and into a safe one.
The tab contains resources about establishing an effective SART in American Indian/Alaska Native communities and resources on model SART protocols. With these resources, victim advocates can assist in formalizing a SART in their area and develop a greater understanding of the advocate’s integral role in the development and maintenance of an effective Sexual Assault Response Team.
Under the tab, victim advocates will find information about responding to court orders, discovery requests, and subpoenas. The information located in this section contains articles and other documents addressing how to prepare for courtroom and deposition testimony. It also contains resources explaining the impact of court orders, discovery requests, and subpoenas on the victim advocate’s duty of confidentiality.
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*National Tribal Trial College is a project of the Southwest Center for Law and Policy (www.swclap.org) This project is supported by Grant No. 2017-SA-AX-K001, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.