Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Gégo wëyé bgednakén ėwi mtheshë’gwëyen | Love should not hurt

What is domestic violence?

Most often we think of physical violence—the hitting, kicking, punching, bruises, and broken bones—when we think about domestic violence, but domestic violence is so much more than just being physically harmed. Domestic violence includes emotional and sexual abuse, as well as threats, intimidation, isolation and manipulation.

While Domestic Violence can happen to anyone, it’s important to know that it impacts far more women than men. Overall, domestic violence impacts 25% of women, regardless of race or ethnicity. These numbers, however, are much higher in Native American populations. According to 2016 study conducted by the National Institute of Justice, 55.5% of Native American/Alaska Native women surveyed reported experiencing physical violence from an intimate partner.

Domestic violence isn't about love, it is about control. Victims do not choose to be hurt; abusers choose to hurt their victims.

Love should not hurt. If you or someone you know is being hurt, please contact Casey Kasper at (269) 462-4324 or

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DVAM 2019 Event Calendar

Beadwork Workshop | October 4
Learn how to make a beaded ribbon skirt pin. These pins will be purple and red to raise awareness for Domestic Violence and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

Building Strong Role Models for Boys & Men | October 9
Domestic violence is not our tradition. Men and boys play a very important role in ending domestic violence in our communities. Join Aldo Seoane from Wica Agli, an organization that works with Native men and boys to end violence against women, to discuss how we can develop strong role models among our men and boys and help end violence in our community. 

Quiltmaking Workshop with Julie Farver | October 12 + 19
The Departments of Language and Culture and Social Services are hosting a two-part quiltmaking workshop taught by Julie Farver. This class is for community members who have some experience sewing and feel comfortable using a sewing machine.

Awareness Shawls Workshop | October 18
Join the Domestic Violence Program for an afternoon of drop in sewing. Materials will be provided to make a Purple (Domestic Violence), Teal (Sexual Assault), Red (Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women), or Blue (Child Abuse) shawl.