As many of us know, indigenous populations face higher rates of crime victimization than any other minority group in the country (Department of Justice). Further, our communities are affected by diverse geographical barriers and unclear jurisdiction and service area boundaries.
In responding to these grave concerns, The WOMENSPIRIT COALITION has begun providing services through the newly formed Indigenous Crime Victims Services Referral and Resource Center (ICVSRRC).
The purpose of the ICVSRRC program is to support Tribal and Urban service providers in provision of services to Indigenous Victims of crimes related to domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, strangulation, sex-trafficking, dating violence, homicide, child sexual assault, in Washington State. Our role will include:
- Advocating on behalf of victims obtaining needed services and resources
- Assisting tribal communities and urban service providers in planning and implementing services for Indigenous Victims
- Collaborating and to serve as a Liaison with local and state government agencies in providing tribal –specific practices, culture, priorities, etc., that impact policies and services for Indigenous Victims.
What we can do to assist you:
- If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury from a violent crime, the ICVSRRC will assist you with information on the Washington State Crime Victim Compensation Program to assess what crime victim services you may be eligible for and to help in completing the forms.
- Assist primary and secondary victims of crime in stabilizing their lives after victimization and to be informed of their Victim Rights.
- Responding to the emotional and physical needs of victims through referrals and resources that are Tribal and cultural-specific.
- Assist victims to understand the criminal justice system and process, how ICVSRRC can provide support, especially if you choose to participate in the criminal justice system.
- Provide victims with a measure of immediate safety and security through an appropriate referral and resources.
- The ICVSRRC’s role is to be knowledgeable about processes for restitution and other civil remedies.
- Victim Impact Statement. As a victim of crime, you have rights and you have a voice in how a crime has impacted your life, your work, etc. in addressing justice for you.
For more information, please contact
Cheryl Neskahi Coan,
Victim Services Liaison I
WA State Native American Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
10049 Kitsap Mall Blvd., Suite 304
Bremerton, WA 98383