At an event today at the new national headquarters of the StrongHearts Native Helpline in Eagan, Minnesota (Minneapolis Metro area), the organization announced an increase in its daily operating hours. The new hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST / 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mountain Time — seven days a week.
The former hours of operation were Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. CST. After hearing from many tribes and advocates about their community needs, the decision was made to increase the Helpline's hours of operation to even better serve those impacted by domestic violence and dating violence in Native communities across the United States.
Domestic violence is a severe issue in tribal communities. Here is the reality:
- One-half of Native American women and a third of Native men have experienced physical abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime, according to a study by the National Institute of Justice (NIJ).
- The NIJ study also found for those who had experienced violence, more than a third of Native women and more than one in six Native men were unable to access the supportive services they needed, such as shelters, legal advocacy and medical services.
Women from the StrongHearts Native Helpline are available for interviews to talk about the following topics:
- StrongHearts' new national headquarters and how it has increased its number of staff of advocates to respond to callers.
- Why Minnesota was chosen as the new national headquarters.
- The extent of domestic violence and dating violence across Indian Country and Alaska and why the increase in StrongHearts' daily operating hours is needed.
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About the StrongHearts Native Helpline
Created by and for American Indians and Alaska Natives across the United States, the StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE), a project of the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center, the National Domestic Violence Hotline, and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Program, is a free, culturally-appropriate and confidential service dedicated to serving Native Americans affected by domestic violence and dating violence. By dialing 1-844-762-8483, anytime from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. CST, seven days a week, callers can connect for free, one-on-one, with knowledgeable StrongHearts advocates who can provide immediate, peer-to-peer support and referrals to resources to help callers find safety and healing. Learn more about the StrongHearts Native Helpline at www.strongheartshelpline.org.
With best regards,
Liz Hill (Red Lake Ojibwe)