BISMARCK, N.D. — The North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services created a three-part plan for their newly awarded grant from the Department of Justice.
CAWS North Dakota is one of five recipients to receive part of the $3 million awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women special initiative.
The grants are designated to services for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking.
It also is designed to increase the capacity for local and tribal governments to prosecute violence against women in the Bakken Region of North Dakota and Montana.
The first issue the CAWS North Dakota is seeking to fight is the lack of counselors and resources in the Bakken Region for mental health and substance abuse, said Janelle Moos, executive director of CAWS North Dakota.
The organization will contract with counselors in Minot, who will work directly at Bakken centers.
The second portion of the grant will go toward a partnership with Legal Services of North Dakota to provide victims of domestic violence with legal aid.
In the Bakken Region, many women can’t afford an attorney and there is a lack of services they can go to for help in that area, Moos said.
“We get at least a call a week from a program or survivor looking for legal advice,” she said.
The rest of the grant money will go toward partnering with an advocate out of Minot who will provide direct services to victims of sexual assault, including accompanying them to a hospital or court.
First Nations Women’s Alliance also has prepared their plan for the grant money the organization will receive.
The grant will go in full to re-establishing the a program in the Trenton Indian Service Area to provide for the safety of Native American women, children and families.
The program lost its funding around two years ago, said Linda Thompson, director of First Nations.
Efforts will be made to establish quality procedure and protocol, training, and ability to capture data, as well as provide services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, and stalking.
The three other grantees are Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes in Montana, Montana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and Three Affiliated Tribes of the Fort Berthold Reservation in New Town.