Attorney General Eric Holder launched the Defending Childhood Initiative on September 23, 2010 to address the exposure of America’s children to violence. This problem affects each one of us. Effectively addressing it must become our shared concern and our shared cause.
Strengthen Families, Prevent Violence is a campaign for Indian Country and was designed to educate and engage families on concrete action steps that they can take to promote resiliency and healing for children. The campaign was funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (DOJ) and developed by Futures Without Violence, Native Streams Institute, and staff from the Rocky Boy Indian Reservation and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe.
Recognizing the great cultural and linguistic diversity among American Indian and Alaska Native communities and the need to respect these differences and commonalities, local adaptation of this campaign is strongly encouraged. Interested programs may work directly with Nakota Designs to adapt the billboards to better reflect specific communities or regions. Design fees apply. Please note that funds are not available to support this localization and payment will be arranged directly with Nakota Designs. Three billboards were designed and are available here as a digital download (PDF). These billboards may be erected across any community, adjacent to busy highways and roads, or posted in community centers including Tribal offices, schools, gyms/recreation centers, health care facilities and visitation centers.
The Strengthen Families, Prevent Violence campaign includes:
- An executive summary/flyer
- Three posters targeting grandparents, parents and caregivers, and community members
- Three billboards targeting grandparents, parents and caregivers, and community members
- A brochure for grandparents, parents, and care givers with action steps that they can take to promote resiliency and healing for children
Are you looking for culturally-appropriate help for American Indian and Native American communities? StrongHearts is a culturally-appropriate, anonymous, confidential service dedicated to serving Native American survivors of domestic violence and concerned family members and friends. By dialing 1-844-7NATIVE (1-844-762-8483), from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST, seven days a week, callers can connect at no cost one-on-one with knowledgeable StrongHearts advocates who can provide lifesaving tools and immediate support to enable survivors to find safety and live lives free of abuse.