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Domestic Violence Program

Programs Overview

The Oneida Nation Domestic Abuse Program is dedicated to addressing the effects of domestic violence and sexual assault on all Native People. Through collaborative approaches and traditional values, our purpose is to holistically increase safety, provide education, facilitate healing, and hold perpetrators accountable to improve the quality of life for the next seven generations

Programs Offered

  • Domestic Abuse Program
  • Men’s Reeducation Program
  • Youth Mentor & Advocates
  • Young Adult Mentor & Advocate
  • LGBTQ support

Contact

Laurie Becker – Supervisor Email: [email protected]

Office: (920)-490-3700 ext. 3842

Domestic Abuse Program

Domestic Abuse Program is a program to help those living with and experiencing abuse, to seek help & safety while healing within the family.

Advocacy

We offer legal help, and personal Advocacy because no one should have to feel alone

Education

Knowledgeable staff will educate on the different forms of abuse including:

  • Financial
  • Physical
  • Sexual
  • Spiritual
  • Emotional

Groups

Our groups are for 18 weeks, we meet on a weekly basis teaching the dynamics and effects of abuse. We offer self-care with a holistic approach.

Culture

Our program’s values are on the traditional teachings of our Culture. These teachings are used to strengthen the ways that were forgotten.

Safety

Our Programs helps create a safety plan when:

  • Leaving a relationship
  • After a violent relationship
  • Seeking a restraining order

Warnings

  • Jealousy
  • Possessiveness
  • Isolation
  • Checks cell phone
  • Blames others
  • Verbally Abusive Explosive Behavior

Statistics

Native People are 3x more likely to experience abuse than any other race.

For more information contact:

Oneida Domestic Violence Women’s Advocate
Office: 920-490-3719

Oneida Domestic Violence Lay Advocate
Office: 920-490-3760

After Hour Crisis Centers:

Brown County
920-436-8888

Outagamie County
920-832-4646

Men's Re-Education Program

25-Week program

Facilitated by a trained professional

Summary

The Oneida Men’s Re-Education Program is a 25-week domestic abuse intervention program. This program takes an educational approach using a Native based curriculum to help offenders understand the complex cultural, social, and historical dimensions of violence against women. The program also addresses the use of power and control in relationship and family dynamics. The Re-Education Program is taught in a weekly group setting to promote:

  • Feedback
  • Participation
  • Education
  • Participants share appropriate experiences
  • Environment where participants hold each other accountable

Participants

  • Are held accountable for their actions
  • Learn alternatives to violence and controlling behavior
  • Learn about the impact of violence
  • Learn how to identify healthy relationships
  • Learn behavioral, emotional, and physical cues that proceed escalating violence
  • Examine current beliefs and attitudes that need to be re-examined to overcome violent behavior
  • Focus on cultural and spiritual values
  • Learn how historical trauma has led to violence and abusive behaviors
  • Learn about traditional spiritual ways using smudging and sweat lodge ceremonies to share the traditional spiritual ways of native people

Benefits

The Goal of the Oneida Men’s Re-education Program is to offer tools to change behavior and take responsibility.

Develop healthy relationships with women and family

Better parenting skills

Healthier and happy families

Helps break the influence of the generational cycles of violence

Court calendar reduction through less re-offenders returning

Less lost worktime

Connect with culture and ceremonies

Connect with self-identity as a Native man

Reclaiming Culture

In the Oneida tradition, a man would retain allegiance to the clan of his birth, but live “matrilocally” in the longhouse of his wife’s clan. There was a natural element of protection. Iroquois society was organized to maintain a balance of equality between women and men. The women and children were protected from violence. In Euro-American society there was a belief “Men don’t cry.”

The program teaches men that this is not a traditional belief and that it is acceptable and natural for men to have emotions, the same as women and children. Information about historical trauma, boarding schools, the authority and power the government policies had over native people, assimilation and adoption of the western beliefs system is shared and discussed. As a result, internalized oppression and acceptance of these influences led to Native people becoming ashamed of whom they were, and they began disowning their own traditional cultural values and beliefs.

This program helps Native men reclaim their culture through education, ceremonies and sweat lodges and storytelling.

For more information contact:

Gene Red Hail
[email protected]

Office: 920-490-3736
Fax: 920-490-3820
Toll free: 1-888-490-2457

Youth Mentor & Advocate Programs

Summary

Advocating/ Mentoring/ 1 on 1 support

Group Facilitation

Referral Assistance

Goal Setting/Empowerment

Healthy Masculinity Identity Support and Personal Development

Youth Leadership Development

The Youth Programs are taught in a weekly group setting to promote:

  • Feedback
  • Participation
  • Education
  • Participants share appropriate experiences

Available Services

  • Advocating/ Mentoring/ 1 on 1 Support
    • The mentoring program develops positive relationships with the youth b providing a safe, consistent and reliable environment to address the youths needs and nurture their strengths.
  • Group Facilitation
    • Create safe spaces for young men to be fully human by embracing their stories while not being confined to the “Man Box”.
  • Two Spirit/ LGBTQ Support Group
    • A safe space for youth to connect with peers and conversate about difficult issues. Support from adults who are allied or identify with Two Spirited and LGBTQ.
  • Youth Sweat Lodge
    • Expression of emotion is vital to connecting with others and developing relationships. If we tell our kids to not show emotions, we are limiting their capacity to form relationships. The mask of masculinity keeps boys from expressing their true feelings, by being around men who are open and vulnerable young boys have a place to be truly free.

Benefits

Our goal is to enhance positive qualities the students already possess and help students to see their true potential.

Goal setting/Empowerment

Healthy Masculinity

Identity Support & Personal Development

Youth Leadership Development

Develop Positive Connections

Domestic & Relationship violence awareness

Philosophies

Trauma distorts our reality and our perception of ourselves. We can forget to care for our spirit and forget that we deserve healing, love and every good thing that Mother earth wants to offer us.

  • Connection with traditional culture equips youth with a perspective on the past and presents a framework for the future by identifying cultural values and providing access to identity forming traditions and spirituality.
  • The mask of masculinity keeps boys from expressing their true feelings, by being around men who are open and vulnerable young boys have a place to be truly free.
  • The development of healthy male relationships empowers the youth to overcome negative risk factors and transition from childhood to adolescence into adulthood.
  • Expression of emotion is vital to connecting with others and developing relationships. If we tell our kids to not show emotions, we are limiting their capacity to form

For more information contact:

Male Youth DV Advocate
Ben Counard
[email protected]
Office: 920-490-3736

Youth & Young adult Advocate/Mentor
Byran Halona
[email protected]
Office: 920-490-3797

Additional/Contact Info