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Below are some helpful blogs with culturally-relevant information related to domestic violence, dating violence and healthy relationships in Indian country. Content from our website and blog may be used as long as the StrongHearts Native Helpline is cited as the source. We encourage organizations, service providers, media, publications, and other websites to share the StrongHearts Native Helpline – 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483) and/or our website as a resource.

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Recognizing Male Victim-Survivors

Men can be victims of domestic violence. Domestic violence can happen to anyone. Media and socialization may lead you to believe otherwise but the truth is men, and people of all genders, can be and are victims of domestic violence.

International Day Against Homophobia Commemorated

Just thirty years ago on May 17, 1990, the World Health Organization took action to declassify homosexuality as a mental disorder. Commemorating the event, the International Lesbian, Gay Association (ILGA) designated May 17 as the International Day Against Homophobia. Since then, the movement has grown and diversified leading to renaming the organization and the day […]

StrongHearts Native Helpline Announces Addition of Online Chat Sessions with Advocates

It is no coincidence that StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-762-8483) has chosen to roll out online chat advocacy amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The pandemic created the perfect storm for victim-survivors of domestic and dating violence by having to shelter-in-place with their abusive partners. This necessitated a swift response by StrongHearts administrators who explained that feature was […]

MMIW: Red Symbolizes a Call for Attention

It has been said that red is a color that transcends the physical world and calls to the ancestors in the spirit world. For ceremony and pow-wow, Native Americans dressed their children in red as an introduction to the ancestors – calling upon them as guardians to the young. However, the color red had other […]

StrongHearts Native Helpline Partners with The Marigold Project

The Marigold Project has selected StrongHearts Native Helpline as a recipient of net proceeds from the sale of a special 7” vinyl album and downloads of Nathaniel Rateliff’s song “Willie’s Birthday Song,” a tribute to Willie Nelson. The album will be available this summer exclusively at shop.nathanielrateliff.com/. The forthcoming 7” release will also include a […]

Child Abuse Prevention Comes Into Focus During the Month of April

When we think of April, we think of Springtime and a season of cleansing rains and warming temperatures. We think of rebirth and old vines becoming new. April is a perfect time to acknowledge National Child Abuse Prevention Month highlighting the welfare of children. It’s an opportunity to appreciate the beauty and fragility of young […]

Sexual Violence in Indian Country

*WARNING: This blog includes graphic content that some readers may find distressing. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. There is a broad spectrum of studies and statistics that attempt to explain why even today sexual assault continues to be a real threat to society, not just to women, but to all people. In looking at […]

The Connection Between Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence

The Friendship Between Man and Wolf Native Americans have a long history of living harmoniously with the animal kingdom and sharing a special bond with the wolf, the largest member of the canine family. This bond came with many benefits in the northern territories. Instinctually, man and wolf are duly respected by the animal kingdom […]

StrongHearts Native Helpline Celebrates Third Year in Service

On March 6, 2020, StrongHearts Native Helpline (SHNH) marked its third year of operation by providing a safe, anonymous and confidential helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives affected by domestic violence. Over 5,057 callers have been served in the three years of operation. In the Beginning “StrongHearts came to fruition with support and in […]

Call StrongHearts for Free, Confidential and Anonymous Information

When calling StrongHearts Native Helpline, the first thing a caller can expect is to speak with a Native American advocate. StrongHearts is the first national helpline specifically designed by and for Native Americans experiencing domestic violence or dating violence.

When Dating Turns Violent

*WARNING: This blog includes graphic content that some readers may find distressing. How We Met It was sophomore year of high school when I first noticed him and I knew he was different.  He was smart, athletic and earnest. He wasn’t traditionally handsome but he was taller and bigger than me and it felt like […]

StrongHearts Awarded More Than $2.7M in Federal Grants to Expand Culturally-Based Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services

Within three years of launching its collaborative project, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) announced the StrongHearts Native Helpline (StrongHearts) is receiving two grants from the Office of Victims of Crime under the United States Department of Justice for a combined total of $2,768,168.00 to enhance services over the next three years.

StrongHearts Celebrates 35 Years of FVPSA: Safe Services and Stronger Community Connections for All

The StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE) – a culturally-appropriate domestic violence and dating violence helpline created by and for Native Americans – joins in the celebration of 35th anniversary of the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA). FVPSA is the primary federal funding stream dedicated to the support of emergency shelter and related assistance for victims […]

Native Advocates Kickoff Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Every October, advocates and communities from across Indian country and the United States rally together in honor of survivors of domestic violence and support abuse prevention as part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM).

16 Signs of Emotional Abuse in a Relationship

No one expects to find themselves in an abusive relationship. Most relationships begin in a good way with kind words and compliments, but they can turn harmful and emotionally abusive at any time.

Breaking the Silence on Violence Against Native American Men

Anyone can find themselves in an abusive relationship. Contrary to a common misperception, women are not the only ones who can experience domestic violence: American Indian and Alaska Native men report high rates of domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking, too*.

How Abusive Partners Use Sexual Assault as a Form of Control

Sexual violence can be difficult to talk about. Some people feel uncomfortable when the subject comes up, which – intentionally or not – sends a message to survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault that they won’t be believed if they come forward.

StrongHearts Native Helpline Expands Operating Hours

On its second year anniversary, the StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE) is announcing the expansion of its hours of operation, which are now 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST, seven days a week, in order to better serve those impacted by domestic violence and dating violence in tribal communities across the U.S.

Recognizing Healthy Relationships and Dating Violence

“Did you swipe right?” “Are you two hanging out?” “Hooking up?” The road to romance is full of swipes, texts, and turns. Navigating the dating world can be challenging especially for those exploring relationships for the first time.

StrongHearts Selects Minneapolis–Saint Paul Metro Region As New Home

The StrongHearts Native Helpline, a partnered project of the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, is moving from Austin, Texas, to its permanent home in Eagan, Minnesota, a city in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metro area where its national headquarters will be based.

StrongHearts Receives Its 1,000th Call

In time for Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE) announced 1,000 callers have now reached out to the helpline for safe, confidential support and resources for domestic violence and dating violence, shining a light on the deep-rooted issues of violence plaguing Tribal communities across the United States.

Carrying Our Traditions Forward, Leaving Abuse Behind

As Native people, we find strength in our traditions — the customs we share with our families, clans and communities.

5 Types of Domestic Violence That Are Often Overlooked

Abuse can be more than broken bones and black eyes. What about the harmful behaviors that aren’t always talked about?

Walking in Two Worlds: Domestic Violence in the Native LGBTQ and Two-Spirit Community

Domestic violence and sexual violence do not discriminate.

My Loved One Was Sexually Assaulted – What Can I Do?

Supporting a friend, family member or loved one who has experienced rape or sexual assault can be incredibly challenging.

When the Legal System Fails You

The criminal justice process is intended to protect, right the wrongs, and deter perpetrators from wrongdoing. But, all too often, our legal systems fail to address domestic violence or dating violence crimes, leaving survivors of violence without remedy, or even worse, feeling punished for seeking justice.

Rising Up – Reclaiming My Power

I was in my second year of college when an old friend reached out to me. Not having seen him since middle school, I had no idea who he had become, what his interests were, or what he did for fun. Immediately, I said “yes” when he asked for a date.

Recognizing National Stalking Awareness Month: My Story

While storytelling is a critical aspect of our tribal communities and of healing, sharing our stories of violence is never easy.

How to Support a Loved One in an Abusive Relationship

“Why don’t you just leave?” “Why do you put up with it?” “Why do you keep going back?” When it comes to domestic violence, many people focus on why the victim would willingly stay in an abusive relationship, especially if the person returns to their abuser more than once.

Where Fear and Hope Collide – Domestic Violence and Children

In Indigenous communities, the Seventh Generation (meaning our children and our children’s children) is more than just an idea and protecting our children is a sacred duty.

What to Expect When Calling StrongHearts

Calling into a domestic violence helpline can be very intimidating and overwhelming, especially if you are taking that courageous first step to reach out for help.

Heart of An Advocate

Being an advocate for the first national domestic violence helpline specifically for Native Americans is such an honor and blessing.

What is Cultural Abuse?

Intimate partner violence, in all forms, is destructive at its heart. Most people can identify the more common forms of abuse, which include physical, emotional, sexual and financial. One of the lesser known forms, cultural or spiritual abuse, is one of the most devastating, yet it is rarely spoken of.

Rising Up – Teaching Respect For One Another

I was 13 years old when my stepfather targeted me. My two younger sisters, my mom, myself and my stepfather were living in Massachusetts, and one day my stepfather had me pinned in a corner.

Rising Up – Creating Awareness for MMIW and Domestic Violence

“What does MMIW stand for?” There’s a growing movement in Indian Country to raise awareness of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW).

How to Spot the Red Flags of Abuse

Exploring a new relationship is an exciting time, where it might seem like every moment you are learning something new about your partner’s culture, family and beliefs. While you and your partner might be having fun getting to know each other, it’s important to watch for certain behaviors when dating someone new.

Talking About Domestic Violence in Our Native Communities

It can be hard to talk about domestic violence and dating violence in Indian Country. Many people feel uncomfortable when the subject comes up or might not know what to do, especially if a friend or family member is involved.