Thu Apr 7th, 2022
Tags: COVID-19 pandemic, Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, Lori Jump, National Domestic Violence Hotline, National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC), StrongHeart Native Helpline
This month StrongHearts Native Helpline observes five years of successful operation. More than 20,000 calls have been received since the organization’s launch in 2017.
Significant organization milestones over the past five years include:
An increase in operating hours to 24/7/365
“In 2021, StrongHearts Native Helpline continued its commitment to provide culturally appropriate advocacy despite the continuing COVID-19 pandemic — it is through the resilience of our ancestors and our own experience with hardships that we were able to stay the course,” said Lori Jump (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians) director, StrongHearts Native Helpline. “With tenacity, we will continue our mission to restore power to Native Americans and Alaska Natives impacted by domestic, dating and sexual violence by providing a system of safety, sovereignty and support in 2022 and beyond.”
StrongHearts Native Helpline History
In 2012, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC) and the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) prioritized the need for a domestic violence hotline to support tribal communities across the United States. Together with input from tribal leaders, a Native women’s council, domestic violence experts, and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, NIWRC and The Hotline developed a plan to establish StrongHearts Native Helpline, a Native-centered hotline staffed by advocates with a strong understanding of Native cultures, as well as issues of tribal sovereignty and law.
StrongHearts began its services in March 2017 in Austin, Texas — home to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, which provided initial infrastructure and technology support. On October 1, 2021, StrongHearts Native Helpline became a national, Native non-profit 501(c)3 organization with its own board of directors. StrongHearts is a proud partner of the NIWRC and The Hotline. StrongHearts Native Helpline is funded by the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Family and Youth Services Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; the Office for Victims of Crime: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
About StrongHearts Native Helpline
StrongHearts Native Helpline is a 24/7/365 culturally appropriate domestic, dating and sexual violence helpline for Native Americans, available by calling or texting 1-844-762-8483 or clicking on the chat icon at strongheartshelpline.org.