By Geneva HorseChief-Hamilton, ON Communications
Artist’s Rendering from Osage Nation Tribal Development
Pawhuska, Okla., (Monday, February 6, 2017)— The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking for a new domestic violence shelter provided by the Osage Nation. The groundbreaking will be held in Pawhuska at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. The location of the site is not to be disclosed to the public, however, for those who wish to attend a contact number is available for directions.
The new shelter will be managed by the Osage Nation Family Violence department and will provide a safe and secure location for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human sex trafficking. In addition to providing shelter for those fleeing a domestic violence situation, the newest Osage Nation service facility will also provide advocacy and supportive services for victims and their dependents.
To attend the event, contact the Osage Nation Family Violence Program at (918) 287-5422, or visit www.osagenation-nsn.gov/what-we-do/counseling-center/domestic-violence.
Osage Nation Family Violence Mission Statement
To empower those seeking our services with the tools they need to rebuild their lives and become the strong individuals they were created to be; to effect social change through outreach and education in order to put an end to intergenerational violence; and to partner with state, county, and tribal court systems and law enforcement to hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes.
24 Hour Crisis Hotline (866) 897-4747
Our Crisis line is answered 24 hours a day/7 days a week. If our Crisis Operator is on the line with another crisis call you will receive a call back within 15 minutes. Please be advised that for security reasons, the number appearing on your caller I.D. will be different than the crisis line number you called.
When the Crisis line is answered, you will merely hear “hello”. For your safety, the operator will not identify the line as a Family Violence Crisis line. If you ask the operator if you have called the crisis line, she will reply with, “May I help you?” This is to prevent batterer’s from checking your call log to find out if the call has been placed, which could put you in danger,.
The Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention Shelter is a 24-hour a day/7 day a week shelter for ALL victims of family/domestic violence. We have a three bedroom home which can house up to 6 guests. Our shelter does allow the minor children (of all ages and genders) of our victims to accompany them during their stay. The shelter provides a communal living environment where victims of family/domestic violence may develop a sense of community with the other shelter guests as well as with our staff.
Shelter guests will be provided with a myriad of daily activities and outings designed to increase independent living capabilities and improve self-esteem as well as just have fun with the other guests.
For Media Inquiries: Osage Nation Communications (918) 287-5599