Domestic Violence Prevention
Alaska’s domestic violence rates are among the highest in the nation. This crisis calls for unique, immediate and sensitive services. The Domestic Violence Prevention Initiative (DVPI) is a federal grant-funded program that aims to prevent domestic violence and sexual assault among Alaska Native people.
Due to the sensitive and powerful nature of its work, the DVPI program efforts are initiated by community invitation. The program then works with Tribal partners and participating communities across Alaska to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault, and provide culturally-appropriate prevention, intervention and post-vention education and training.
The program provides a variety of training and awareness opportunities to Tribal partners. Training involves the dynamics of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as the historical trauma associated with colonization. The program also promotes domestic violence and sexual assault education, awareness and healing while supporting collaborative partnerships to end domestic violence and sexual assault among Alaska Native people.
Doorway to a Sacred Place – A two-day training that incorporates traditional wellness and healing strategies such as talking and teaching circles, hosted to address traumatic events or critical incidents in rural communities.
The DVPI program and ANTHC have strong partnerships that lead to success. Those partnerships include the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Alaska Native Justice Center, Alaska Native Women’s Coalition, Southcentral Foundation and the State of Alaska Public Health Nursing. These partnerships equip Alaska’s Behavioral Health Aides and first responders with the skillset needed to prevent domestic violence in their communities.
DVPI Statewide Tribal Partners
- Arctic Slope Native Association
- Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation
- Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments
- Tanana Chiefs Conference
- Tanana IRA
- Native Village of Eklutna
- Mount Sanford Tribal Consortium
- Ketchikan Indian Community
- Metlakatla Indian Community
- Seldovia Village Tribe