National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault


Victim Advocates are the at the forefront of advancing safety and justice for American Indian/Alaska Native victims of sexual violence, often standing on the frontlines and fighting many hard won battles.  This section is dedicated to aiding victim advocates in Indian Country by supplying them with the tools and resources they need to more easily perform their jobs.


Under the Safety Planning tab, advocates can find everything they need to know about safety planning, and effectively preparing a safety plan for victims of sexual assault.  One of the most important services that victim advocates can develop for victims of of sexual assault is developing a safety plan.  A safety plan is a contingency plan to enable the victim and her children to reach safety.  Each victim's situation is unique, so every safety plan will be different.  This tab's resources will help victim advocates to develop the best safety plan possible for every individual victim.


Under the Confidentiality tab, victim advocates will be able to access information on how best to maintain their duty of confidentiality.  This tab contains resources informing one-stop-shop for all the

information a victim advocate needs to know about getting a victim out of a dangerous situation and into a safe one. Advocates about when they legally can and cannot share information about a victim.  It also contains information about establishing agency-wide confidentiality policies.


The Shelters tab contains a list of all available shelters in Indian Country. This is a advocate needs to know about getting a victim out of a dangerous situation and into a safe one.


The Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) tab contains resources about establishing an effective SART in American Indian/Alaska Native communities and resources on model SART protocols. With these resources, victim advocates can assist in formalizing a SART in their area and develop a greater understanding of the advocate’s integral role in the development and maintenance of an effective Sexual Assault Response Team.


Under the Subpoenas Victim Advocates tab, victim advocates will find information about responding to court orders, discovery requests, and subpoenas.  The information located in this section contains articles and other documents addressing how to prepare for courtroom and deposition testimony.  It also contains resources explaining the impact of court orders, discovery requests, and subpoenas on the victim advocate’s duty of confidentiality.

The final tab, Coalitions contains easy-to-read lists of all of the available Tribal Coalitions, State Sexual Violence Coalitions, and State Domestic Violence Coalitions.


Statutes - (1)

Medical Resources - (4)

Protocols - (14)

Additional Resources - (32)

Legal Pleadings and Forms - (2)


Full Publication List



Featured Publications


Defending Childhood


Defending Childhood


This report, commissioned by the United States Attorney General, discusses challenges presented by underage survivors of crimes, including teens who have survived sexual assault.



Handbook on Justice for Victims


Handbook on Justice for Victims


This handbook, developed by the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, outlines the basic steps in developing comprehensive assistance services for victims of crime.



National Indian Country Clearinghouse on Sexual Assault, a project by the Southwest Center for Law and Policy © 2019

This project was supported by  Grant No. 2011-TA-AX-K045 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women. Points of view in this document are those of the author and do not necessary represent the official position of the U.S. Department of Justice. All rights reserved. | Privacy policy   Login