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Family Violence Prevention Program

Emergency On-Call 24/7 (365)

FVPP provides advocacy and supportive services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking in an effort to achieve safety, justice, and healing for individuals, families, and our great Muscogee (Creek) Nation.

FVPP includes the SANE Program and Warriors Honor Women. Family Violence Prevention also works with different communities to brings together key players in law enforcement, criminal justice and other community systems to develop strategies and procedures focusing on domestic/sexual violence and the practices related to victims and offenders.

If you have been impacted by domestic or sexual violence and/or stalking, please contact our program to speak with an advocate.

Services

  • Assistance in Locating Emergency Shelter
  • Assistance with Filing Protective Orders
  • Court Advocacy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Assistance in Locating Medical Services
  • Accompaniment to Sexual Assault Nurse Exam
  • Legal Advocacy*
  • Safety Planning
  • Emergency Transportation*
  • Child Sexual Assault Advocacy & Family Support
  • Sexual Assault Exams
  • Counseling Referrals
  • Limited Financial Assistance*
  • Referrals for additional services depending on an individual’s needs

*Assistance provided is based on individual need and must be directly related to the victimization.

Events

Family Violence Prevention Program will be participating at this year’s Mvskoke Festival with both a parade float and a booth set up. We would love for everyone to come out and see us!.

The Muscogee Creek Nation Family Violence Prevention Program stays very active within our community. Please check back monthly for information on activities and awareness events. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook & Twitter!
MVTO!

Coordinated Community Response

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention Program coordinates and facilitates three active Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Teams within the MCN jurisdictional boundaries. 

What is a coordinated community response team?

A coordinated community response (CCR) team brings together key players in law enforcement, criminal justice and other community systems to develop strategies and procedures focusing on domestic/sexual violence and the practices related to victims and offenders.  These strategies will aim to establish ways for the community to intervene in a way that ends abuse.

Intervention through a coordinated community response is a way of using legitimate sources of power in a community, such as the court system, to tell a perpetrator of abuse that the community cares about domestic/sexual violence and will do everything in its power to protect the victim.  Perpetrators of domestic/sexual violence can be very coercive and manipulative.  Without a coordinated response, offenders will avoid responsibility for their behaviors and likely move on to another victim.

For more information about each team, please contact the team coordinator at the email listed below.

McIntosh Co. Coordinated Community Response Team

Coordinator: Shannon Buchanan, CCR Coordinator/Advocate Muscogee (Creek) Nation

sbuchanan@mcn-nsn.gov

Co-Coordinator: Charlene McGirt, Advocate Muscogee (Creek) Nation

Hughes Co. Coordinated Community Response Team

Coordinator: Shannon Buchanan, CCR Coordinator/Advocate Muscogee (Creek) Nation

sbuchanan@mcn-nsn.gov

Co-Coordinator: Vacant

Okfuskee Co. Coordinated Community Response Team

Coordinator: Shannon Buchanan, CCR Coordinator/Victim Advocate Muscogee (Creek) Nation

sbuchanan@mcn-nsn.gov

Co-Coordinator: Vacant

Okmulgee Co. Coordinated Community Response Team

Coordinator: Shannon Buchanan, CCR Coordinator/Victim Advocate Muscogee (Creek) Nation

sbuchanan@mcn-nsn.gov

Co-Coordinator: Detective James Ables, Okmulgee PD

jables@okmcity.net

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE IS

A pattern of behavior that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Abuse can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of actions that frighten, intimidate, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, injure or wound someone.

Domestic violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating. Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

Some signs of an abusive relationship include:

  • Exerting strict control (financial, social and/or appearance).
  • Needing constant contact including excessive texts and calls.
  • Emotional abuse including insulting a partner in front of other people.
  • Extreme jealousy.
  • Showing fear around a partner.
  • Isolation from family and friends.
  • Frequent canceling of plans at the last minute.
  • Unexplained injuries or explanations that don’t quite add up.

Protective Orders

All counties in Oklahoma use the form linked here to file for a Protective Order.

You will have to print the form and fill it out at the courthouse in the county you wish to obtain the Protective Order in. If you need an Advocate to assist you in the process, please contact Family Violence Prevention at (918) 732-7979.

http://www.oscn.net/static/forms/aoc_forms/protectiveorders.asp

DATING VIOLENCE IS…

A pattern of abusive behaviors used to exert power and control over a dating partner. Every relationship is different, but the one thing that is common to most abusive dating relationships is that the violence escalates over time and becomes more and more dangerous for the young victim. Any teen or young adult can experience violence, abuse or unhealthy behaviors in their dating relationships. A relationship may be serious or casual, monogamous or not, short-term or long-term. Dating abuse does not discriminate; it does not see gender, sexual identity, economic status, ethnicity or religious preference.

  • 1 in 4 teens report being the victim of verbal, physical, emotional or sexual violence.
  • Girls and women ages 16-24 are most likely to be abused in a dating relationship.

Things You Can Do:

  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911 or the campus security.
  • Trust your instincts. Don’t downplay the danger. If you feel unsafe, you probably are.
  • Take threats seriously. Danger is often the highest when the abuser talks about suicide or murder, or when a victim tries to leave or end the relationship.
  • Get help from a crisis hotline, domestic violence program, campus health or counseling center, or victim services agency. They can help you make a safety plan, give you information about laws in your state, refer you to other services, and weigh options such a seeking a protection order.
  • Develop a safety plan for when you go to class, the dining or residence hall, your job- or other social situations. Involve friends and school staff, and keep a log of times the abuser contacts, threatens, follows, or harms you.
  • Some types of abuse are crimes and you can file a report with the police. Campus judicial programs can provide sanctions for on-campus violations.
  • Tell your friends, roommates, and others about the abuse and seek their support. Tell the security staff at school and at work. Ask them to watch out for you.

 

National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline                                   (866) 331-9474

Stalking

STOP STALKING. It’s a crime.

Behavior wherein an individual willfully and repeatedly engages in a knowing course of harassing conduct directed at another person which reasonably and seriously alarms, torments, or terrorizes that person. While legal definitions of stalking vary from one jurisdiction to another, a good working definition of stalking is a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to feel fear.
Stalking is serious, often violent, and can escalate over time.

  • 7.5 million people are stalked in one year in the United States.
  • 15% of women and 6% of men have experienced stalking victimization at some point during their lifetime in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.
  • The majority of stalking victims are stalked by someone they know: 61% of female victims and 44% of male victims of stalking are stalked by a current or former intimate partner, 25% of female victims and 32% of male victims are stalked by an acquaintance.
  • About half of all victims of stalking indicated that they were stalked before the age of 25. About 14% of female victims and 16% of male victims experienced stalking between the ages of 11 and 17.
  • Approaching the victim or showing up in places when the victim didn’t want them to be there; making unwanted telephone calls; leaving the victim unwanted messages (text or voice); and watching or following the victim from a distance, or spying on the victim with a listening device, camera, or global positioning system were the most commonly reported stalker tactics by both female and male victims of stalking.[Matthew J. Breiding et al., “Prevalence and Characteristics of Sexual Violence, Stalking, and Intimate Partner Violence Victimization – National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, United States, 2011”, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Morality Weekly Report, Vol. 63, No. 8 (2014)]
  • 46% of stalking victims experience at least one unwanted contact per week.11% of stalking victims have been stalked for 5 years or more. [Katrina Baum et al., “Stalking Victimization in the United States,” (Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2009).]

Protective Order

All counties in Oklahoma use the form linked here to file for a Protective Order.

You will have to print the form and fill it out at the courthouse in the county you wish to obtain the Protective Order in. If you need an Advocate to assist you in the process, please contact Family Violence Prevention at (918) 732-7979.

http://www.oscn.net/static/forms/aoc_forms/protectiveorders.asp

Sexual Assault

Sexual Assault is NOT YOUR FAULT!

Anyone can be a victim of sexual assault, regardless of your education, socioeconomic background, race, sexual orientation, or religion. Sexual violence occurs anytime a person is forced, coerced, and/or manipulated into unwanted sexual activity. Sexual assault or rape can be committed by anyone, including a spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, family member, friend, acquaintance, or even a stranger. Sexual assault is defined as any sexual activity involving a person who does not or cannot (due to alcohol, drugs, or some sort of incapacitation) consent.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is a crime motivated by a need to control, humiliate and harm. Perpetrators use sexual assault as a weapon to hurt and dominate others. Sexual assault is forced or coerced sexual contact without consent. Consent is the presence of a clear yes, not the absence of a no. It can take the form of:

  • Rape
  • Incest
  • Child Sexual Abuse/Molestation
  • Oral sex
  • Harassment
  • Exposing/flashing
  • Forcing a person to pose for sexual pictures
  • Fondling or unwanted sexual touching above and under clothing
  • Force which may include but is not limited to:
    • Use or display of a weapon
    • Physical battering
    • Immobilization of the victim

Dependent on where you are within our tribal jurisdiction, if you need a Sexual Assault Nurse Exam (SANE), please contact the closest facility available.

 

Within Our Boundaries:

Okmulgee: Muscogee (Creek) Nation Medical Center (918) 758-5114

Okemah: Muscogee (Creek) Nation Community Hospital (918) 758-5114

Tulsa: Hillcrest Medical Center (918) 744-7273

Muskogee: Kids Space (918) 682-3841

Close To Our Boundaries:

Ada: Ada Care Cottage (580) 992-6677

Chickasaw Nation Medical Center (580) 436-3980

McAlester: PC Care (918) 420-2273

Shawnee: Uzner Child Advocacy Center (405) 878-9597

For more information on Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s SANE Program click this link:
http://www.muscogeenation-nsn.gov/Pages/FamViolence/fvp_sane.html

Your Oklahoma Statewide SANE Map:
https://www.tulsapolice.org/content/tulsa-forensic-nursing-services/oklahoma-sane-programs.aspx

SANE Program

The Muscogee (Creek) Nation’s Family Violence Prevention Program in coordination with the Nation’s Department of Health were awarded a 2015 Victim of Crimes Act (VOCA) grant, in the amount of $395,278, to establish the Nation’s first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program. This project was pursued in an effort to increase the Nation’s effort to provide comprehensive services to survivors of sexual violence. The SANE program allows survivors of sexual violence to receive specialized care by Registered Nurses. SANE exams are designed to provide preventative health care, identification and treatment of injuries, and may include forensic evidence collection. In order to ensure comprehensive care and support, SANE exams are provided through a joint response of both the SANE nurse, and a Victim Advocate from the Family Violence Prevention Program. We are also presently working with local law enforcement agencies to ensure the most victim support available.

The SANE program currently serves adult and post-pubescent adolescent victims for free, regardless of race or ethnicity, at two medical center locations. They are Muscogee (Creek) Nation Medical Center in Okmulgee, as well as, Creek Nation Community Hospital in Okemah. There are two on-call sexual assault nurse examiners available to respond to either location 24/7. The Family Violence Prevention Program has advocacy services available for both adults and child sexual assault victims.

For more information, please feel free to contact the Family Violence Prevention Program office and/or the SANE Program Manager,  LaResa Williams at LaResa.Williams@creekhealth.org and/or by calling (918) 758-5114. You may also contact the Family Violence Prevention Program 24/7 at (918) 732-7979.

Seeking medical treatment after a sexual assault:

Adults do not have to press charges or even file a police report to receive free medical care following a rape/sexual assault. You can be checked and treated for possible injuries, receive treatment for possible sexually transmitted infections, and be provided with medication for the prevention of pregnancy. Every step of the exam is entirely voluntary on your part and you may stop or refuse services at any time during the exam. The examination is free and confidential.

If you would like to request a hospital rape exam (SANE Exam) you have several options:

  1. Contact your local law enforcement agency to report the rape and law enforcement will make arrangements for the exam. If possible refrain from bathing, combing your hair or changing clothes in order to help preserve evidence. An exam can still be conducted regardless of these factors.
  2. If you do not wish to report the rape to law enforcement, contact the Muscogee (Creek) Nation Family Violence Prevention Program at (918) 732-7979. We have Advocates available on-call 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
  3. Contact one of the Oklahoma Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Services/Locations in your area.
SITE COUNTY CITY CONTACT #
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Medical Center Okmulgee Okmulgee  (918) 758-5114
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Community Hospital Okfuskee Okemah  (918) 758-5114
Ada Care Cottage Pontotoc Ada (580) 332-6677
Jackson County Memorial Hospital Jackson Altus (580) 379-5000
C-Sara Carter Ardmore (580) 226-7283
Ray of Hope Washington Bartlesville (918) 337-6177
Jane Phillips Medical Center Washington Bartlesville (918) 333-7200
Carnegie Tri-County Municipal Hospital Caddo Carnegie (580) 654-1050
Grady County Memorial Hospital Grady Chickasha (405) 224-2300
Duncan Regional Hospital Stephens Duncan (580) 252-5300
Great Plains Regional Medical Center Beckham Elk City (580) 225-2511
St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center Garfield Enid (580) 249-5870
Memorial County of Texas County Texas Guymon (580) 338-6515
Choctaw Memorial Hospital Choctaw Hugo (580) 317-9500
McCurtain Memorial Hospital McCurtain Idabel (580) 286-7623
Comanche County Memorial Hospital Comanche Lawton (580) 585-5523
PC Care Pittsburgh McAlester (918) 420-2273
Kids Space Muskogee Muskogee (918) 682-3841
Women’s Resource Center Cleveland Norman (405) 364-9424
YWCA Oklahoma Oklahoma City (405) 948-1770
The C.A.R.E. Center Oklahoma Oklahoma City (405) 236-2100
Pauls Valley General Hospital Garvin Pauls Valley (405) 238-5501
The Dearing House Kay Ponca City (580) 762-5266
Leflore County Child Advocacy Network Leflore Poteau (918) 647-3814
Sequoyah Memorial Hospital Sequoyah Sallisaw (918) 774-1100
Sayre Memorial Hospital Beckham Sayre (580) 928-5541
Unzner Child Advocacy Center Pottowatomie Shawnee (405) 878-9597
Stillwater Medical Center Payne Stillwater (405) 372-1480
Adair Co. Care Center-Memorial Hospital Adair Stillwell (918) 696-3101
Tahlequah City Hospital Cherokee Tahlequah (918) 456-0641
Choctaw Nation Hospital Leflore Talihina (918) 567-7000
Hillcrest Medical Center Tulsa Tulsa (918) 744-7273
Wagoner Community Hospital Wagoner Wagoner (918) 485-5514
Chickasaw Nation Medical Center Pontotoc Ada (580) 436-3980

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT IS A CRIME!

What happened to you is not your fault. The person who harmed you is 100% responsible for the assault.

Warriors Honor Women

As the Family Violence Prevention Program worked to expand its services and prevention efforts, program staff recognized the increasing need to engage men in the efforts to end violence against women.  In 2013, the FVPP reached out to male tribal members and employees to participate in a meeting strategizing how to engage men.  This initial meeting was very productive and met with great enthusiasm and led to subsequent meetings.  The “Engaging Men” movement became a more formalized group identified as “Warriors Honor Women”.

Warriors Honor Women Mission Statement:

Our mission is to be committed to end the cycle of domestic and sexual violence through leadership, prevention, and advocacy using our Mvskoke culture, integrity, as well as, compassion to protect all people.

THE PLEDGE

  • I DO solemnly pledge before my people to take full responsibility for myself and the women and children of Mvskoke Nation.
  • I WILL love them, protect them, serve them and teach them that violence does not belong in our communities and is not our tradition.
  • I WILL stand up against domestic and sexual violence and RESPECT each person’s individuality.
  • I WILL embrace and educate those I know who commit domestic and sexual violence in an effort to stop their abuse.
  • I WILL work courageously and honorably to fulfill this PLEDGE for the rest of my life.

GOALS

  • To serve as a strong, unified group to increase public awareness and combat domestic and sexual violence.
  • To provide leadership as positive role models for men and women of all ages.
  • To provide education and training on the impact of domestic and sexual violence and promote healthy and safe relationships.
  • To engage in community activities to further the goals of the group.

The Warriors Honor Women group generally meets monthly to provide opportunities for education, awareness and discussion regarding the role of men in addressing, responding to, and preventing domestic and sexual violence.
For more information, please feel free to contact the FVPP at 918-732-7979, and/or the WHW Chair Person, Monte Randall at mrandall@mcn-nsn.gov .

Supportive Service Links

The following programs also provide emergency shelter, advocacy or other supportive services to victims of sexual assault and domestic violence.

 

Claremore Crisis Line (888) 373-9400
Claremore Safenet Services (888) 372-9400
http://www.safenetservices.org/
Muskogee WISH (918) 682-7878
Okmulgee County Family Resource Center (918) 756-2545
(877) 756-2545
Sapulpa DVIS (918) 224-9290
Seminole Nation Domestic Violence Program (Seminole) (405) 382-3762
http://sno-nsn.gov/services/dv
Tulsa Domestic Violence Intervention Services/Call Rape (918) 743-5763
http://dvis.org/
Wagoner Help In Crisis (918) 775-3300
VINE (Victim Information and Notification Everyday) (877) 654-8463
(Criminal Tracking & Victim Notification) TTY (966) 847-1298
www.vinelink.com
www.registervpo.com
Oklahoma Coalition Against Domestic Violence (800) 522-7233
http://ocadvsa.org/
http://www.victimsofcrime.org/
www.loveisrespect.org
Oklahoma District Attorney’s Council Victim Services Division (800) 745-6098
https://www.ok.gov/dac/Victims/Just_for_Victims/index.html
Muscogee (Creek) Nation Health Facilities
http://www.creekhealth.org/
Koweta Health Center (918) 279-3200
Creek Nation Community Hospital (Okemah) (918) 623-1424
(800) 219-9458
Eufaula Health Center (918) 689-2547
Okmulgee Health Center (918) 758-2717
Sapulpa Health Center (918) 224-9310
Behavioral Health & Substance Abuse Services (918) 758-1910
24 Hour Crisis Line (888) 756-4333

Staff

Name Title Email
Shawn Partridge Program Director spartridge@mcn-nsn.gov
Tania Bardin Project Coordinator tbardin@mcn-nsn.gov
Tania Bear Office Manager tbear@mcn-nsn.gov
Morgan James Victim Advocate mjames@mcn-nsn.gov
Crystal Polk Child Victim Advocate cpolk@mcn-nsn.gov
Charlene McGirt Victim Advocate, Eufaula Office cmcgirt@mcn-nsn.gov
Katie Kelley Youth Victim Advocate kkelly@mcn-nsn.gov
Lesah Deere-Yargee Victim Advocate, Wetumka Office lyargee@mcn-nsn.gov
Allison McCall Victim Advocate almcall@mcn-nsn.gov
Shannon Buchanan CCR Team Coordinator/Victim Advocate sbuchanan@mcn-nsn.gov
Annie Merritt Victim Advocate amerritt@mcn-nsn.gov
Erin James Victim Advocate ejames@mcn-nsn.gov

P.O. Box 580
Okmulgee, OK 74447
T: (918) 732-7979
F: (918) 732-7967

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:00AM-5:00PM

EMERGENCY On-Call 24 Hours A Day 7 Days A Week

An Advocate is available 24-hours a day 7 days a week to speak with you and provide support. These services and support will be provided to you confidentially without judgment. Please contact us at (918) 732-7979. If you need assistance after hours, please contact Lighthorse Police at (918)732-7800 or (877) 547-3390 and ask to speak to the on-call Advocate.

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