Klamath Tribes expand crime victim support
with $400,000 grant
Tribes will use a $396,793 three-year federal grant to hire
an advocate for victims of domestic violence, sexual
assault, stalking, sex trafficking and dating violence.
Tribes are one of two Oregon tribes and 30 tribes across
America to receive grant funds from the United States Office
of Justice, a press release said. The Cow Creek Band of
Umpqua Tribe of Indians was awarded $714,783 to support
long-term transitional housing programs for crime victims.
Social Services Director Marvin Garcia said they currently
employ one victim advocate who handles up to 100 cases per
month. He said the new advocate, likely to be hired from
within the Klamath community, will connect more victims with
support services for things like court appearances, housing
and restraining order acquisition.
Klamath Tribes victim advocate has worked in the community
for 10 years, Garcia said, and creates a culture of support
for victims seeking help.
that people weren’t willing to talk about to begin with, but
now they are due to the awareness that has been done in the
community,” Garcia said. “I think there are more people that
are victims to domestic violence and sexual assault than
80 percent of Native American women across the country have
experienced violence, according to the Indian
Law Resource Center, and
more than 50 percent have experienced sexual violence.
Garcia said the
Klamath Tribes provide support to all Native Americans, not
just Klamath tribal members. The tribes also run child
welfare and sex trafficking victim programs.
He said they
hoped to renew the federal crime victim grant in three
coming forward and declaring that they’ve been victimized,”
Garcia said. “It is beneficial for the county that some
effort is being put into this work.”
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