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.

Domestic Abuse Screening Guide

This initial domestic abuse screening guide is designed to help you identify domestic abuse and coercive controlling behaviors in family law cases. It is a simple screen that attempts to detect whether domestic abuse is or may be an issue in the case. It is not a comprehensive domestic abuse assessment guide.

Advocacy Curriculum

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute is pleased to offer various publications addressing what victim advocates need to know concerning sex trafficking as it impacts Native people and Indian country. To view these publications, and for more information on Tribal sex trafficking resources, please visit Tribal Sex Trafficking Resources was created for sexual assault and domestic violence tribal coalitions and contains information on sex trafficking in Indian country and a comprehensive victim services directory.

Safety Planning

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.

Release of Information Form


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 Coalitions tab contains easy-to-read lists of all of the available Tribal Coalitions, State Sexual Violence Coalitions, and State Domestic Violence Coalitions.

Amber Alerts in Indian Country

AMBER Alerts are activated in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the community to assist in the search for and safe recovery of a missing child. These alerts are broadcast through radio, TV, road signs, cellphones, and other data-enabled devices. During this webinar, tribal community members will understand law enforcement's response to missing and abducted children, and when an AMBER Alert is an effective tool. Recognize the importance of bridging the gap between law enforcement and the community. Explain and understand how community members can assist during and before a missing or abducted child situation.

NIJ's Webinar Overview

USDOJ's 15th Annual Government-to-Government Violence Against Women Tribal Consulatation | Virtual Meeting
NIJ's Overview of their Violence Against Indian Women Program of Research

Advocacy Resources and Publications

SART: Sexual Assault

The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) 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.

National Sexual Violence Resource Center: Statistics on Sexual Assault


Under the Subpoenas 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.

Contact NICCSA

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Phone: (520) 623-8192
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*NICCSA is a project of the Southwest Center for Law and Policy ( 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.