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DOJ awards grants for Indian women safety sites

The Department of Justice awarded grants to four tribes for the new Safety for Indian Women from Sexual Assault Offenders Demonstration Initiative.

The Hannahville Indian Community in Wisconsin, the Navajo Nation, the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe of South Dakota received grants totaling more than $900,000. The tribes will use the money to increase their ability to respond to violence against women.

"Native American women continue to be victimized by extremely high rates of sexual assault. Through a coordinated community response to these horrific crimes, sexual violence victims will receive the services they need based upon their individual circumstances," said Diane M. Stuart, the director of the Office on Violence Against Women at DOJ.

The initiative will last 12 months and be administered by the office.

Get the Story:
Justice Department Announces Safety for Indian Women from Sexual Assault Offenders, Demonstration Initiative Sites (DOJ 9/21)
Red Lake Nation To Receive Grant To Fight Violence (AP 9/22)

Domestic Violence Reauthorization Bill:
S.1197: Violence Against Women Act of 2005

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