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A Healing Journey for Alaska Natives

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Date Published
October 2016
Publication Series

The U.S. Justice Department's Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) describes and provides online access to five videos in an educational series 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.


Video 1, "Responding to Survivors of Violence," provides an overview of the multiple challenges victims face when involved in the justice processing of their cases in Alaska, including geographic, climate, and jurisdictional issues. Video 2, "First Responders to Victims of Violence," focuses on community-based 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," illustrates the multidisciplinary approach that involves a range of professional disciplines cooperating to ensure timely, comprehensive, and victim-centered responses. Video 4, "Community Responses With Victims and Offenders," highlights holistic and community-based approaches to victims and offenders. It also addresses the significant impact historical trauma has had on some Alaska Natives. Video 5, "Federal Responses to Sex Trafficking in Alaska," introduces the issue of sex trafficking of Alaska Natives, especially adolescents and women who travel to urban areas from villages and lack the resources to return home. Awareness, outreach, safety, support, services, training, and enforcement are all critical elements discussed in the video.

Date Published: October 1, 2016