Mille Lacs Band Family Violence Prevention Program

By Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, February 9, 2017

Together we can help end the violence

We provide the fallowing services:

  • One on one advocacy
  • Legal Advocacy
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Information and Referrals
  • Support Groups
  • Transportation (limited to services.)
  • Our services are free of charge and are
  • completely confidential.
  • 24 Hour Crisis Line 1-866-867-4006

What is domestic violence?

Domestic violence can be physical or sexual assault, or psychological/emotional abuse. It occurs regardless of age, race, spiritual beliefs, income level, educational background, or sexual orientation. It happens to people who are married, separated, divorced or in a significant relationship.

Is your relationship abusive?

  • Does your partner’s temper scare you?
  • Are you afraid to disagree with your partner?
  • Do you apologize for your partner’s behavior when you are treated badly?
  • Have you been hit, kicked, shoved or had things thrown at you?
  • Do you avoid contact with friends or family?
  • Have you had sexual contact that was coerced or forced?
  • Does your partner regularly accuse you of flirting?
  • Do you alter your behavior to accommodate your partner’s jealousy?

Types of abuse

  • Physical: Slapping, pushing, hitting, kicking, and biting.
  • Emotional: Insults, name calling, or being putdown.
  • Sexual: Being forced or coerced into sexual acts.
  • Threats: Threatened with bodily harm.
  • Intimidation: Gestures., looks, breaking things.
  • Isolation; Not allowed to go out, see, or talk to others.
  • Economic: Restricted access to financial resources.

The facts

  • Every 9 seconds in the United States a woman is beaten or assaulted.
  • Around the world, at least 1 in 3 women has been beaten, coerced into sex or otherwise abused during her lifetime. Most often, the abuser is a member of her own family.
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women — more than car accidents. muggings„ and rapes combined.
  • Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
  • Every day in the US , more than 3 women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends.

We can help

Domestic violence advocates with Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe provide support and assistance for victims of domestic or sexuai violence.

Assistance may involve

  • Giving information and reviewing safety options,
  • Explaining court processes and procedures,
  • Accompanying victims to court,
  • Providing referrals to other agencies and community resources,
  • Providing education to the community regarding domestic and sexual violence.

Native women’s sovereignty

All native women possess or have a right to:

  1. Her own unique path in life without fear, but with freedom.
  2. Self-governance. To make your own decisions without others approval or agreement. This Includes spending money, having/ending relationships (including sexual), choosing what support she wants, choosing what ways and how support will be given and also how she dresses and where she lives.
  3. Resources she needs in order to walk her path in the way she wants. This includes housing, food, clothes, transportation and other necessities.
  4. Accurate information and respectful and non judgmental support.
  5. Access to resources that support her chosen life way, including her spiritual ways.
  6. Speak freely for herself in her own way, to define her own reality, experiences and self identity. This includes interpreting womanhood for herself.

As advocates for women who have been victimized, it is our right and responsibility to be advocates supporting every woman’s right to power and control over her body and life (her personal sovereignty).

Contact Us

  • Direct Services Coordinator:
    Cell: 320-292-1566
    Office: 320-532-7875
  • Sexual Assault Program:
    Cell: 320-360-2426
    Office: 320-532-4780
  • District II East Lake Cell:
    Office: 21S-768-4412
  • District III Hinckley Cell:
    Office: 320-384-4613
  • Elder Abuse Program:
    Cell: 320-630-2660
    Office: 218-168-3311, ext. 4412
  • Family Violence Prevention Program Administrator:
    Cell: 320-630-2499
    Office: 320-532-7793