American Indians and Alaska Natives suffer from one of the highest rates of victimization in the country. Cultural differences, remote locations, and challenging jurisdictional issues make serving Tribal communities complex. The Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men: 2010 Findings From the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey report from the National Institute of Justice shows that 83 percent of adults in this population has experienced some form of violence in their lifetime.
OVC and the U.S. Department of Justice have long recognized the critical need to support American Indian and Alaska Native victims of crime.
Support to Tribal Victim Services
OVC manages grants to improve services for victims of crime in Tribal communities, including the Tribal Victim Services Set-Aside grant program.
Resources for Professionals
OVC provides publications, multimedia, and related resources to supplement the efforts of victim service providers and allied professionals to help victims. These resources include information about OVC Tribal initiatives, partnerships with other agencies and organizations, and dynamic videos to raise awareness of culturally sensitive, victim-centered programs.
New materials are available to support child victims and witnesses in Tribal communities as they navigate Tribal, state, and federal justice systems.
OVC-funded Tribal Victim Services Training and Technical Assistance (T-VSTTA, pronounced t-vista) is a capacity-building program for American Indian and Alaska Native communities. T-VSTTA provides tailored, victim-centered, and trauma-informed training and technical assistance to grantees and potential grantees as they develop sustainable victim services programs.
This program provides Tribal law enforcement agencies with access to national crime information systems. Under the Tribal Access Program, OVC funds provide kiosks, software, training, and more to Tribal nations to help protect crime victims.
This OVC program offers customized coaching to assist with starting, supporting, or growing anti-trafficking work. The Center’s no-cost human trafficking support is intended to provide immediate and sustainable benefits to Tribes with minimal demands on their time.
The Center's services include support for American Indian and Alaska Native communities with the financial management and reporting requirements of their OVC award, individualized financial training and technical assistance, and financial needs assessments.
Created with funding support from OVC, this searchable directory lists services available for American Indian and Alaska Native survivors of crime and abuse.
This video series provides guidance and best practices for criminal justice personnel, victim advocates, and allied professionals who work with victims of sexual assault in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
This video series weaves Native stories and cultural practices from across the Nation to show many of the ways children, families, and communities are healing from drug endangerment.