A Difficult Journey
In 2009, WSC staff responded to a request to design an interactive activity to increase awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault in tribal communities. While there are other similar types of activities, this particular version is specific to tribal communities. Participants assume an Identity while utilizing Tribal resources by walking the path of a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, dating violence, child sexual abuse, elder or vulnerable adult abuse. This interactive tool demonstrates many of the issues Native victims of violence and abuse face within their communities and families.
A facilitated discussion or debrief follows the experience. It assists participants in under-standing the nature and realities of the different types of intimate partner abuse. It facilitates dialogue about the challenges of developing a Coordinated Community Response by extending the discussion of current and desired departmental policy and protocols and community resources.
There are several versions available to meet the needs of diverse audiences: Community, Service Provider, and Coordinated Community Systems Response. A Difficult Journey is appropriate for community members, tribal departments such as Law Enforcement, Courts, Health Clinic, Social Services, Indian Child Welfare, and Advocacy to name a few.
For Additional Information Contact:
Dee Koester,M.S., Executive Director: Dee@womenspiritcoalition.org