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Map of Tribal Coalitions

Tribal Coalitions

Our funding is statutory and specifically set forth in the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. While the work of the tribal coalitions may differ from state to state, region or tribe, are work is clearly defined in the federal statute. Tribal coalition grant funding can be used to:

· Increase the awareness of the crimes of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and sex trafficking;

· Enhance the response to violence against Indian women at the tribal, federal and state levels;

· Provide technical assistance to coalition membership and tribal communities to enhance access to services to victims of domestic and sexual violence;

· Assist Tribes in developing and promoting state, local and tribal legislation and policies that enhance best practices for responding to crimes of domestic and sexual violence.

There are 18 tribal coalitions currently operating in Indian Country. Some tribal coalitions are organization to serve regions which could include multiple states or sections of states. Some tribal coalitions serve only the tribes in one particular state, and some tribal coalitions serve only one tribe. But here is the most important thing about Tribal Coalitions that you need to know – they’ve got your back. They know that the most difficult and valued work in the field of domestic and sexual violence advocacy is done at the ground level – the tribal programs and individuals that provide direct services to victims of domestic and sexual violence. Similar to how domestic and sexual violence advocates advocate for victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and sex trafficking, YOUR tribal coalitions advocate for you. We know that when you programs succeed, victims are being served and tribal communities are being supporting in speaking out against and responding to violence against women.

So beside being your greatest supporters, what can tribal coalitions do to help you feel better supported in your work to end domestic and sexual violence in Indian Country? Tribal coalitions can:

· Provide trainings for advocates and community professionals to build and strengthen the skills needed to serve victims;

· Assist with community awareness and education outreach ideas and events;

· Provide guidance on programmatic and financial reporting requirements to keep you in good grant compliance so that you continue to receive critical funding;

· Share research, best practices, forms and policies to help build program capacity;

· Help facilitate relationships with your tribal and non-tribal colleagues and agencies;

· Facilitate discussions on difficult issues and help address barriers to service and justice;

· Provide self-care tips for dealing with vicarious trauma to make sure that you all stay healthy and well to provide the valuable services that you provide.

· And the list goes on and on and varies from tribal coalition to tribal coalition.

You are not alone in the work that you do. In fact you have an extended family in your tribal coalition sisters and brothers.


Indigenous (Crime) Victims Services Referral and Resource Center (ICVSRRC)

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:

  1. 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.
  1. Assist primary and secondary victims of crime in stabilizing their lives after victimization and to be informed of their Victim Rights.
  1. Responding to the emotional and physical needs of victims through referrals and resources that are Tribal and cultural-specific.
  1. 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.
  1. Provide victims with a measure of immediate safety and security through an appropriate referral and resources.
  1. The ICVSRRC’s role is to be knowledgeable about processes for restitution and other civil remedies.
  1. 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
(360) 633-7083

Indigenous Crime Victim Services Referral and Resource Center (ICVSRRC)

The purpose the WSC /ICVSRRC Program is to suport Tribal and Urban service providers in provision of services to Native victims of crime related to sdomestic violence,sexual assault, stalking, strangulation, sex trafficking, dating violence, homicide, child sexual assualt, in WA State. For more nformation contact: Cheryl Neskahi Coan- Victim Services Liasion at (360) 791-0898 or

10049 Kitsap Mall Blvd. Suite 304
Silverdale WA 98383

PH: (360) 633-7083
Fax: (360) 286-2357


Forget Me Not Donation Form

WomenSpirit Coalition invites you to honor or remember your loved one by making a contribution in their name. Your message will be published in our quarterly Envision newsletter.

Your donation will be used to assist Tribal Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault service providers attend WSC events and trainings.

Your donation is completely tax deductible, please contact us for more information.

WomenSpirit Coalition
10049 Kitsap Mall Blvd, Suite 304
Silverdale WA 98383


Forget Me Not Donation Form (PDF)

Accomplishments of the Office on Violence Against Women

The document presents eight years of key achievements of the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW). Between 2009 and 2017, OVW made 6,252 awards totaling more than $3.4 billion. This investment in communities across the nation funds services for victims, the justice system’s response to crimes of domestic and sexual violence, and many other efforts to address sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. OVW also provided expert assistance to legislators leading up to the passage of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013) and plays a leading role in its implementation.

View the document (PDF)