Sumary of New CDC report reveals the characteristics of homicides of American Indian and Alaska Native people:
- A recently published CDC report is helping uncover the characteristics of homicides of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people.
- Our hope is that this report will help dispel common misperceptions about homicides among American Indian and Alaska Native persons.
- ” This report includes many implications for prevention, and efforts to prevent violence within AI/AN communities can have greater impact when they use and adapt approaches and values that are inherent in AI/AN communities.
- One critical strategy for preventing interpersonal violence is to teach safe and healthy relationship skills through social-emotional learning programs for youth.
- Programs such as Discovery Dating leverage the unique AI/AN culture and community to shape positive outcomes, and a culturally adapted version of Coaching Boys Into Men builds knowledge and positive attitudes about healthy masculinity, relationships, nonviolent problem solving, and being an active bystander.
- Cultural practices can be interwoven into proven violence prevention programs such as these for AI/AN people regardless of tribal or urban residency.
- AI/AN people also have reported high levels of intimate partner violence, including physical or sexual violence, stalking, or psychological harm by a current or former intimate partner or spouse.