In this Clinic hosted by Deb DeBare and Kimberly Feeney, Administrators learned about the Nation Network to End Domestic Violence’s newest resource, an Indigenous People’s Toolkit called Many Voices, Many Traditions. The toolkit was designed by Indigenous women and intended to support FVPSA Administrators. The goal of the Toolkit is to increase Administrators’ understanding of the history of different Tribes, how FVPSA funding can be utilized to assist Tribal Communities, and how to build relationships with Tribes. Many Voices, Many Traditions was created in a collaborative effort by NNEDV, Alliance of Tribal Coalitions to End Violence (ATCEV), The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC), the Alaskan Native Women’s Resource Center (AKNWRC) and Pouhana ‘O Nā Wahine. The Clinic continued with information on domestic violence and natural disasters. A current trend seen across the country is shifting DV shelters to be more private, individualized shelters rather than group shelters. Families are seeing success with such method as it allows them to remain a private unit. Another big change in the domestic violence field is the shift in the workforce. As many advocates decided to leave their jobs during the COVID-19 Pandemic due to safety concerns, domestic violence advocacy organizations are experiencing a shortage of employees. The conversation closed with time for Administrators to ask questions and share their experiences.
Deborah DeBare currently serves as the Senior Deputy Director at the National Network to End Domestic Violence, a national membership organization of state and territorial domestic violence coalitions. In this capacity, she provides training and technical assistance to coalitions, senior staff, boards and administrators around the country.
Kimberly Feeney currently serves as a Deputy Director of the Capacity Technical Assistance Team at the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). With nearly 20 years of experience in the Domestic Violence field, she has a Bachelor’s in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies from the University of South Carolina and a Master’s in Women’s Studies from the University of South Florida (USF).