MESKWAKI VICTIM SERVICES PROGRAM

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Victim Advocacy

Crisis line: call or text 641.481.0334 or toll free 855.840.7362 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)

Meskwaki Victim Services (MVS) is possible due to the Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitations (CTAS) Grant. The first 3-year Federal Grant for Sexual Assault Victims was awarded in September 2010 & the second 3 year grant was added in September of 2012 to include victims of Domestic Violence.

MVS provides comprehensive advocacy services for Native Women Children & their Families, Outreach/Prevention for the Community.

Comprehensive Services include:

The mission of the Meskwaki Victim Service Program is to promote a systematic response that holds offenders accountable and fosters a community sensitive to the needs of domestic violence & sexual assault survivors. This will be accomplished through the collaborative and coordinated multidisciplinary response of the agencies and organizations that work with Native American DV/SA survivors and their families.

General Program Description/Goal: MVS exists to increase positive outcomes for Native Women Children & families who are victims/survivors of DV/SA and provide Outreach/Prevention services for the community.

Four main objectives:

1. Direct Intervention
Crisis Assistance
Individuals & Groups
Trainings for staff and partner agencies 
Creating a victim crisis center-MFS
Providing transportation for victims to emergency room/shelter, etc.,
Developing data collection tools
Submit regular reports to DOJ
Developing partnerships for the purpose of information sharing


2. Collaboration
Developing & maintaining partnerships with relative agencies, local state and federal
Facilitating meetings and contacts with agencies
Meeting training needs staff and partner agencies
Meeting client needs by working with provider agencies


3. Outreach and Education/Prevention
Brochures, posters
Presentations to agencies and schools
Place ads in Tribal newsletter and Tribal Web-site
Update Facebook page
Work with Tribal Summer Youth Program/awareness
Develop written materials to promote the program
Educate the community about Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Prevention


4. Provide outreach
Concrete mechanisms to ensure safety for victims of domestic violence & sexual assault
Maintain the crisis line
Purchase cell phones for clients use
Develop a plan for transitional/emergency housing for victims
Plan and implement resources for emergency food
Purchase clothing sets for victims to wear after the forensic exam

Accomplishments/Stats 2013
Client contact in person interaction 15 min or more, involves disclosure Crisis line or office calls 167
Referrals from other workers or community members29
Transportation to medical legal or other necessary services 30
Referral/Necessary Services Assistance helping client meet basic needs 87

Sexual Assault
Total number of Primary victims/requiring services 12
Total number of secondary victims requiring services 7
Total number of P & S victims to date P=35 S=26

Domestic Violence
Number of Domestic violence clients 14
Total DV to date 31

Number of fact sheets brochures and fliers handed to people, mailed to people or left in public places 2,795

Facebook Posts 180

Number of Community Events (handing out brochures etc.) 23

Number of Trainings total 45

Number of groups to increase awareness/therapeutic 43

SARRT (Sexual Assault Resource Response Team) 
One agency cannot meet all the needs of the sexual assault survivor. Rape crisis centers, medical professionals, law enforcement, and prosecutors have recognized benefits of collaborating in their work with sexual assault survivors. Advocates need to learn to work effectively with victims and cooperate with experts in various disciplines.

SARRT –Sexual Assault Resource & Response Team- The group of individuals from different agencies who work with victims/survivors of sexual assault. Demonstrated to be an effective model for providing better services to sexual assault victims, the SARRT concept includes crisis intervention and long-term counseling, investigation and evidence collection, and a more sensitive initial response to rape victims (Ledray, 1999).

SARRT membership varies depending on the community and the needs of individual survivors. At a minimum it should include the rape crisis advocate, medical personnel, law enforcement, the prosecutor, and the crime lab specialist. It may also include domestic violence victim advocates, clergy, and other social service agency personnel. The team may respond together in the emergency department or they may simply work cooperatively to meet the needs of the sexual assault survivors and their families/significant others

SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner)
The medical professional who participates in a SARRT: SANE’s are specially trained nurses who are on call to specified emergency departments, medical clinics, community agencies or independent SANE facilities.
SANE’s are trained to complete a medical-legal examination of rape victims, taking into account the specific medical and emotional needs of the victims, as well as the importance of properly collecting forensic evidence that can be used in legal proceedings

The SANE concept has been shown to be an effective model for providing better evidence collection and a more sensitive initial medical response to rape victims (Ledray, 1999)

A future CTAS goal is to have a DART Team
The Domestic Assault Response Team is a collaboration of members from the Meskwaki Nation Police Department, Meskwaki Tribal Court, Meskwaki Family Services-Victim Services Program, Meskwaki Health Clinic & other collaborative partners: ICADV, ACCESS, area police departments etc. The primary goal of the DART is to reduce and eliminate acts of domestic violence in our community. The DART program increases interagency cooperation while working toward a shared goal.
Other goals of the DART program are:

•Increased arrests for domestic abuse assaults
•Expanded victim advocacy services
•Reduction in repeat offenses of domestic violence
•Increased Criminal Justice System participation

This collaborative response to domestic violence aims to increase victim safety and end the cycle of violence. The DART program tries to make resources more available and easier for victims to access. We believe DART will improve the way in which our community responds to the victims of domestic violence.

MVS Partnerships
Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition (MIWSAC)
National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC)
National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC)
Office for Victims of Crimes (OVC)
Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support (ACCESS)
Sixth Judicial District Department of Correctional Services /Linn-Tama County
Victim Advisory Board (VAB) Linn County
Halting Abuse With Knowledge and Skill (HAWKS)
Rural Advisory Board Tama County
United States Attorney (Northern District of Iowa)
State of Iowa department of Justice Crime Victim Assistance Division (Iowa AG)
Iowa Protective Order Notification for Domestic Abuse Program (IPONDA)-
Victim Information & Notification Every day (IAVINE)
District Court, Toledo, IA

Tribal Entities
Sac & Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa, Executive Staff,  Tribal Council , Facilities management, Fiscal, Human Resources, Information Technology
Meskwaki Gaming Commission & Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel
Meskwaki Family Services (MFS)
Meskwaki Health Clinic (MHC) Community Health, Diabetes Program
Meskwaki Alcohol Drug Addiction Center (MADAC)
Meskwaki Nation Police Department (MNPD)
Meskwaki Tribal Court-Attorney General
Meskwaki Probation Department
Meskwaki Settlement School (MSS)
Meskwaki After School Program (MAP) 
Meskwaki Wellness Center
Meskwaki Youth Program
Meskwaki Healthy Start, Higher Education, Historical Preservation, Housing, Language Preservation, Natural Resources, Office of Child Support Services, Public Works, Senior Services

Local
Center Associates/Tama County Mental Health
Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center-Hospital (MMSC)
Grinnell Regional Medical Center-Hospital
Child Protection Center (CPC) Cedar Rapids, IA
Child Protection Center (CPC) Waterloo, IA

Community Fun Night
Meskwaki Family Service, Meskwaki Victim Services, MADAC & various community partners plan and implement fun educational nights several times throughout the year. We have speakers, crafts, games, learning and fun for the whole family.

Please call 641-484-4444 for Kim or Dara to learn more