In Honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Resources for Native Communities Fighting Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault

October is domestic violence awareness month. American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) women suffer domestic violence and physical assaults at rates higher than any other ethnicity. Federal reports indicate that 34 percent of AI/AN women will be raped in their lifetime and 39 percent will suffer domestic violence. An average of 67 percent of AI/AN victims of rape or sexual assault describe the offender as non-Native. In addition, national studies show that 49 to 70 percent of men who batter their companion also abuse their children. The safety and well-being of AI/AN victims of domestic violence and their children is critical to the strength and stability of tribes.