Family Violence

Family Violence

Resources relating to cases of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, trafficking, elder abuse, and stalking and Native American communities.

Statewide Information

Native American Statistical Abstract: Violence and Victimization
This document provides statistics on violence and victimization in tribal communities.

Native American Community Justice Project
In 2008, a statewide needs assessment was conducted in urban and rural tribal communities throughout California that requested to participate in the project.  The NACJP began the dialogue between California’s tribal communities, Native American agencies, the California judicial branch and state agency partners on domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and teen-dating violence.

Responses to Domestic Violence in Tribal Communities
The report details the results of a regional survey of Northern California tribal communities focused on domestic violence. Surveys and focus groups were conducted to assess the prevalence of domestic violence victimization, perpetration, and reporting to authorities; perceptions regarding community and justice system responses to these incidents; and future policy recommendations. Researchers found that more than one-third of adults reported previous domestic violence victimization, among other findings..

Statewide Directory of Native American Resources
The directory contains contact information on services to assist Indian children and families.


Family Violence Curriculum

Public Law 280 and Family Violence
This curriculum is intended to provide an overview of Public Law 280– State court's role in ensuring safety and protection for Native American victims of family violence— domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and teen dating violence— in Indian County.

Family Violence Outline
Competencies and Learning Objectives 
Lesson Plan 
Family Violence Scenarios
Annotated Bibliography

Tribal Advocates Curriculum
The curriculum and appendices are intended for California lay legal tribal advocates in the field of domestic violence to assist them in navigating the state courts. 

Trainees Guide 
Curriculum Evaluation Form
California Tribal Advocate Curriculum Powerpoint 
Tribal Advocates Curriculum Legal Portion 

Tribal Communities and Domestic Violence Judge's Benchguide  (2013)

Judicial Toolkit on Federal Indian Law webpage

On-Line Family Violence Course

Domestic Violence Restraining Orders- this online course on CalDog is intended for court clerks, takes you through the restraining order request process, from the initial interaction with the person who wants a domestic violence restraining order through the hearing.



Tribal Court & State Court Collaborations

California Courts Protective Order Registry (CCPOR) Tribal Project 
This project provides read-only access by sharing restraining and protective order information, state court and tribal courts are better able to protect the public, particularly victims of domestic violence. 

Domestic Abuse Self-Help (DASH) Tribal Project      
This project helps litigants obtain restraining orders in tribal courts and state courts. In this project, a lay tribal advocate works under the supervision of an attorney (known as the "reviewing attorney") to assist a tribal agency's client. The attorney, from any location, supervises the tribal advocate through the use of technology, training, and a review of the advocate's court documents.

Recognition and Enforcement of Tribal Protective Orders
This brochure describes how tribal courts and state courts are working together to ensure mutual recognition and enforcement of protective orders.   Black and White format  

State/Tribal Education, Partnerships, and Services (STEPS) to Justice— Domestic Violence
The brochure describes local educational services and other technical assistance for tribal and state court judges.  

Additional Resources

Tribal Protection Orders
This website, developed by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute is designed to provide both tribal and non-tribal entities with a clearinghouse of information and resources pertaining to the issuance and enforcement of protection orders.

Crossover Issues Relating to the Indian Child Welfare Act and Domestic Violence brochure.

Recognition and Enforcement of Tribal Protective Orders
This brochure describes how tribal courts and state courts are working together to ensure mutual recognition and enforcement of protective orders.   Black and White format  

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