Sexual Violence in Tribal Communities
Sexual Assault Forensic Examination, Support, Training, Access, and Resources (SAFESTAR)
The Sexual Assault Forensic Examination, Support, Training, Access and Resources (SAFESTAR) project is part of a cooperative agreement with the Office on Violence Against Women, the IAFN, and the Southwest Center for Law and Policy. The project is currently developing and will pilot a sexual assault forensic evidence curriculum for tribal communities. The SAFESTAR project will train tribal community health care workers to gather and maintain sexual assault forensic evidence for use in tribal, state, and federal courts and to make appropriate health care and other service referrals. Designed in collaboration with criminal justice, advocacy, and health care professionals, SAFESTAR is a unique model of care that relies upon community based lay health care providers to provide evidentiary examinations for Native victims of sexual assault.
IAFN Passes Position Statement in Support
Tribal Forensic Healthcare Training Project
The Indian Health Service (IHS) has funded the International Association of Forensic Nurses (IAFN) to develop, deliver, and evaluate in-person and web-based training related to the identification, collection, and preservation of medical forensic evidence obtained during the treatment of victims of sexual and domestic violence. The Tribal Forensic Healthcare Training project provides training for: Sexual Assault Examiner, Pediatric Sexual Abuse Examiner, Sexual Assault Clinical Skills, Pediatric Sexual Abuse Clinical Skills, Domestic Violence Examiner, and Domestic Violence Awareness. These trainings will allow medical professionals to acquire and maintain the knowledge, skills, and competent clinical forensic practice to improve the response to domestic and sexual violence in hospitals, health clinics, and health stations within the Indian health system.