TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — The Cherokee Nation has announced its newest initiatives to bolster recovery programs for survivors of domestic violence both on and off the reservation.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr. says survivors of domestic abuse often face unique obstacles that hinder their opportunities to move forward.
The goal of the new initiative is to remove those obstacles by providing survivors with educational, financial, and career-readiness assistance through tribal programs. It will also expand access to temporary housing programs for survivors that might need it.
Additionally, Cherokee Nation Health Services is partnering with Oklahoma State University to assist with recovery by expanding access to behavioral health services and counseling.
A press release from the Cherokee Nation states, in part, the Nation's "efforts to address the barriers that domestic violence survivors experience is part of a larger effort to reduce rates of domestic violence, strengthen Cherokee families and create a stronger network of advocates on and off the Cherokee Nation Reservation."
Chief Hoskin and Deputy Chief Bryan Warner are also expanding the Cherokee Nation’s longstanding partnerships with domestic violence advocacy groups and organizations across the 14-county reservation.