UTFAV provides technical assistance to tribal advocacy programs and other entities that respond to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking and/or sex trafficking. Technical assistance is providing information and support to better enhance the response to the violence within their communities. Technical assistance consultations can be in person, by phone or via email.
Some examples of Technical Assistance include:
A Tribal program director reaches out for information about a social media policy within their workplace. UTFAV will research and compile the best available information and share back to the program manager their findings and input. Often times, directors and advocates have other job duties and requirements or heavy caseloads and not enough time to research best practices, data, and other resources. UTFAV can provide this type of support upon request.
A Tribal Law Enforcement officer reaches out for assistance with developing and maintaining a trauma-informed response when responding to domestic calls. UTFAV will provide input on best practices for law enforcement officers responding to domestics. Research will inform UTFAV’s input.
A Tribal Leader reaches out for assistance with writing testimony for the Office on Violence Against Women’s Tribal Consultation. UTFAV will discuss with the Tribal Leader some of the common themes that are pertinent around Indian Country and are important to mention, but will also ensure that issues specific to their Tribal community are at the forefront. UTFAV will also use prior testimony examples from previous leaders to guide the testimony.