Responding to Allegations of Physical Abuse
in Indian Country

Every day it seems that there is a new report in the news detailing allegations of physical abuse in Indian Country. Of the 405,000 Indian children living in the United States, 28,000 (7%) are at risk of abuse and/or neglect each year. Recent studies in Indian Country suggest that physical abuse of elders is a growing concern, and teen dating violence and family violence are on the rise across the country. According to the Southwest Center for Law and Policy, Indians are victims of rape or sexual assault at more than double the rate of other racial groups.

Our expert will teach you how to recognize the warning signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect. You'll learn about your responsibility to report suspected cases of abuse and neglect and become familiar with reporting procedures. This class will discuss effective and safe interventions, how to develop community awareness and viable prevention efforts.

You and your tribal community can’t afford to miss this class — register today.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Identifying Abuse or Neglect
  • Signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect:
    • Of children
    • Of elders
  • Understanding the difference between discipline and abuse
  • Recognizing the prevalence of abuse in Indian Country and assessing its causes
Ramifications of Abuse or Neglect
  • The effects of family violence on children
  • The consequences of elder abuse
  • Long-term repercussions of teen dating violence on victims
Reporting Abuse or Neglect
  • Mandated reporting:
    • Who are mandated reporters?
    • Legal responsibility to report child and elder abuse
    • Tips on completing necessary forms and paperwork
    • Protections for mandated reporters
  • Communicating effectively with law enforcement and child protective agencies
  • Understanding the Indian Child Welfare Act and basic child abuse reporting
  • Why understanding and reporting abuse is essential
  • Liability issues for failure to report
  • What happens after an abuse report is made?
Prevention Efforts
  • Increasing community involvement and awareness:
    • Informing the community of the problems of abuse and neglect
    • Enhancing a culture of safety and respect
    • How community leaders shape a safe and healthy culture
    • Effective prevention practices for communities and schools
  • Family support options and interventions
  • Working with Social and Protective Services for adults and children
  • Practices for dating and family violence prevention:
    • Identifying role models within the family and community
    • Creating teen dating violence awareness
    • Ways to help victims of abuse
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