Domestic violence and sexual assault against women is rapidly growing in rural areas. With the increase of these crimes, it is the mission of our program to bring awareness to this problem and to help women and children break away from violent situations. By being educated about these crimes, we as a community and a Tribe can make a difference for our native people in hopes that the next generation will be able to revert to the traditional lifestyle where native women were considered the sacred ones.
Domestic violence is any act of physical, psychological, or sexual harm or the threat of imminent danger toward a person from a family member or an intimate partner.
One out of every four women in this country will suffer some kind of violence at the hands of her boyfriend, husband, or significant other. Few will tell anyone about their experience. Domestic violence comes from all walks of life, cultures, income groups, ages, and religions. Domestic violence produces feelings of helplessness, isolation, guilt, fear, and shame. If you are abused, you’re not alone; it’s not your fault, and you are not the property of another person. Help is available.
- Assistance obtaining protective orders
- Transitional housing
- Transportation expenses
Financial assistance is based upon funds available. Clients must meet program guidelines for approval. There may be a need we cannot meet personally, but we will find someone who can.
For more information, call the Quapaw Tribe Family Services Department at (918) 674-2522; Linda Davis, Domestic Violence Advocate, at (918) 325-7906; Mandy Dement, Family Services Director, at (918) 961-1646; or Susan Hollon, Family Services Program Assistant, at (918) 533-7562.
For after-hours assistance, please contact the Quapaw Tribal Marshal office at (918) 673-1709 or the Sheriff's Department by calling (918) 542-2807.
For additional help, please contact the Women's Transition Center by calling (800) 400-0883 or (918) 542-1001, or contact Community Crisis Inc. by calling (800) 400-0883 or (918) 542-2275.