A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives
This educational series, produced by OVC and the Office on Violence Against Women, is designed for federal, state, local, and tribal victim service providers, criminal justice professionals, and others who work with Alaska Native victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. The videos in this series—
- increase awareness about the origins, prevalence, and types of violence committed against Alaska Natives.
- identify first responders to Alaska Native victims of crime, including Alaska State Troopers, Village Police Officers, Village Public Safety Officers, community leaders, victim advocates, elders, medical personnel, substance abuse counselors, mental health providers, the faith community, and allied professionals.
- illustrate the challenges faced by Alaska Native victims and the critical role that culture and tradition play in both the well-being of Alaska Natives and in helping victims and communities heal.
- present specific techniques and strategies for enhancing responses to and the investigation of violence against Alaska Natives.
- illustrate—through case studies and personal experiences—how local customs, traditions, and best practices underscore the need for a multidisciplinary, multijurisdictional, collaborative response to violence committed against Alaska Natives.
Video 1: Responding to Survivors of Violence
This video provides an overview of the multiple challenges victims face when pursuing safety and justice in Alaska, including geographic, climate, and jurisdictional realities. Traditional values, local customs, cultural practices, and trauma-informed care help victims to heal and serve to promote the well-being of communities.
Video 2: First Responders to Victims of Violence
This video focuses on community-driven responses to victims in Alaska villages. Although many challenges remain, well-coordinated responses that integrate tribal- and community-based approaches with other resources are changing outcomes for victims and communities.
Video 3: Multidisciplinary Responses to Victims of Violence
This video illustrates the multidisciplinary approach that brings together a range of professions to ensure timely, comprehensive, and victim-centered responses. Teams must be flexible and responsive to the range of short- and long-term needs of Alaska Native victims, including cultural, emotional, physical, and geographic needs.
Video 4: Community Responses with Victims and Offenders
This video highlights holistic and community-based approaches to victims and offenders. It also addresses the significant impact historical trauma has had on some Alaska Natives. Offenders often return to their homes and communities; therefore, communities must be actively involved in re-entry efforts to ensure the safety of victims and community members.
Video 5: Federal Responses to Sex Trafficking in Alaska
This video introduces the issue of sex trafficking of Alaska Natives, especially adolescents and women who travel to urban areas from the villages and then lack the resources to return home. Awareness, outreach, safety, support, services, training, and enforcement are all critical elements discussed in the video. Each of these elements is key to successfully addressing sex trafficking.