Help Two Single Displaced Indigenous Mothers

Help Two Single Displaced Indigenous Mothers

From Sam Cook

Note: Due to one of the mothers still residing in a Domestic violence situation we cannot reveal their identity until able to get them to safety. In an effort to survive a system that has ultimately failed domestic v...

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In 2016 the NIJ Research Report on Violence Against American Indian/Alaska Native Women and Men was published finding that more than 84% of American Indian/Alaska Native women (1.5 million people) experience violence in their lifetimes, 67% were concerned for their own safety, and 41% had been physically injured from physical violence by intimate partners, stalking, and sexual violence.

Seattle-based Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) completed its landmark survey in 2018, reporting 5,712 missing Alaska Native and American Indian women and girls, only 116 of whom were registered in the Department of Justice database. 

Indigenous feminine-presenting individuals are 2.5 times more likely to experience violent crimes, including domestic violence. Displacement, homelessness and the withholding of resources exposes Indigenous women to these crimes and contributes to the aforementioned statistics.

It is because of this likelihood of violence coupled with ongoing colonization, lack of accessible resources and discrimination that Indigenous women find themselves trapped in domestic violence situations and financial turmoil - especially when they are parents and often have to take the brunt of abuse to protect their childrens welfare.

In an effort to survive a system that has ultimately failed domestic violence survivors we are humbly calling on mutual aid for donations to relocate one Indigenous mother of two young boys across the country back to safety and provide appropriate housing so that she can begin to heal from years of institutional racism and displacement. 

If you are unable to donate money but somehow able to help with the airfare ticket please reach out to the email provided.

The majority of the funds will go to this relocation/resource allocation and a small portion will go towards legal fees for another displaced Indigenous mother struggling to navigate the court system after surviving a domestic and financial abuse situation.

Help them fight becoming another statistic.

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