The Cherokee Nation donated $80,000 to six domestic violence shelters this week. The funds help support services offered to both native and non-native domestic violence victims in the shelters. Each received a $13,333 check from the tribe. Receiving donations were Help-In-Crisis Inc. in Tahlequah, with a satellite office in Sallisaw; Community Crisis Center Inc. in Miami; Family Crisis and Counseling Center Inc. in Bartlesville; Domestic Violence Intervention Services Inc. in Tulsa; Safenet Services Inc., in Claremore; and Women in Safe Homes in Muskogee. Domestic violence shelters, Community Crisis Center, say the money will help purchase supplies such as food and diapers, cover client expenses and maintain the shelter.
Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker said, "We are proud to support organizations that work for the physical and mental health of our citizens, our families and our communities. It is essential for the Cherokee Nation to maintain these kinds of partnerships because we have a responsibility to advocate for all women who have survived assault or domestic abuse." Deedee Cox, executive director of Community Crisis Center, said, "In today's economy, finding support for vital services is very challenging. Because of help from Cherokee Nation, we can keep our most vital services for our clients, who are desperate for help from violence in their lives." Cherokee Nation's dedication to combating the domestic violence epidemic not only includes donating tribal money to shelters throughout the tribe's jurisdiction, but the tribe also runs the Charles L. Head ONE FIRE Against Violence Victim Services Office. The office provides services for victims of domestic abuse, sexual assault and dating violence. Victims of violence or sexual assault can call the Cherokee Nation ONE FIRE emergency hotline at 866-458-5399.
Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director
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