Culturally Specific Advocacy for Native/Indigenous Communities

Culturally Specific Advocacy

Culturally specific advocacy rests on a foundation of designing programs to serve ethnic- or identity-specific groups taking into account their identity, language, history, and contexts of historical marginalization and oppression; with advocates drawing on their knowledge of, and connection to, their community’s social, political, cultural, and gender issues.

Culturally-specific community-based-organizations address community-specific types and dynamics of gender-based violence, working to counteract various forms of stigma within communities and discrimination within systems, recognizing the importance of connection to community and the healing value of cultural and/or spiritual practices, collaborating with systems so they are not barriers but gateways to services, and identifying and addressing historical trauma.

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This page contains links to resources and technical assistance centers for advocates and service providers who are supporting Native/Indigenous survivors and their communities.


The mission of the Seven Dancers Coalition is to uplift the families of Indigenous Communities by educating and restoring traditional values with the purpose of strengthening self-confidence and dignity. Seven Dancers Coalition offers programs for women, men, and youth.


The mission of Visioning B.E.A.R. Circle Intertribal Coalition (VBCIC) is to prevent domestic and sexual violence and other interpersonal violence in the tribal, intertribal, and multicultural communities in the Northeast, which includes Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York, as well as nationally.


The SOAR for Native Communities training is designed to equip those serving Indigenous populations to better understand the issues surrounding human trafficking and its impact in Native communities. It will identify resources relevant to Indigenous populations and will support building of responses to human trafficking in Native communities. Access the training here.


VAWnet has created a series of special collections, which are organized lists of select resources on specific topics related to gender-based violence that provide contextual information to encourage critical analysis, including:

 Get Help

If you have been sexually assaulted, call the New York State Hotline for Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence.


 Find Crisis Centers

Search our program directory to find a rape crisis center in your area.


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