Purpose This study examines family violence on four American Indian reservations: 1) Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs; 2) Eastern Band of Cherokee; 3) Navajo Nation; and 4) Rosebud Sioux. Methodology It uses a case study approach to collect primary and secondary data about the nature and prevalence of family violence, and the intervention and prevention measures planned or in place on each reservation. The report's strengths include the broad range of informants interviewed, the wide variation in characteristics of the sites, and the objectiveness used by the contractor to gather data. Its limitations include the facts that case study data, by nature, are not representative and that informants feel pressure not to disclose unfavorable information. Results The report finds that the eight components of family violence interventions include (1) adoption of a family violence code, with mandatory arrest and incarceration or treatment of offenders; (2) establishment of a victim support system; (3) institution of new police procedures for dealing with family violence; (4) increase in community education and involvement; (5) coordination of resources and programs across agencies; (6) development of an information tracking system; (7) staff training initiatives; and (8) establishment of an abuser treatment protocol. Conclusion The report also offers six recommendations based on these interventions. See also PIC ID 6000.1. (Final report 52 pages, plus appendixes.)
Indian Health Service, Staff Office of Planning, Evaluation and Research, Rockville, MD (SSI-06).
Final report - a case study of family violence in four Native American communities. Indian Health Service, Staff Office of Planning, Evaluation and Research, Rockville, MD (SSI-06). 1995