October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month!

4 out of 5 Native women will experience violence- with 55% experiencing domestic violence. Domestic violence (DV) is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional abuse. Many times, Native women and young ladies are not aware they are in a domestic  violent  relationship- because often times, the abuse is not physical at first. It is through CSVANW's education and outreach presentations, that many are sharing that they are now able to identify that they may be in an unhealthy relationship. These conversations are difficult... we honor the resilience and bravery of our people. 
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 make sense.
Tribal communities in New Mexico address the high rates of domestic violence in many creative ways! They know that the answers to heal and prevent domestic violence are found in our songs, prayers, ceremonies and dances! The  month of October creates an opportunity  for Native women to empower one another and to promote healthier communities!  On October 15, 2015, CSVANW will honor survivors and victims of domestic violence in the  #iwillRUNforher 5k Benefit Run ! Interested in joining us? Sign up here!  
Let's us not forget the tirelessly work direct service providers, do to bring awareness to domestic violence. CSVANW THANKS YOU!
Their are so many ways to receive help because Violence is NOT our Tradition! For more information about Domestic Violence, please check out,  New Mexico Coalition Against Domestic Violence!
6:00pm to 11:00pm 
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center 
Turquoise Ballroom 
2401 12th Street Northwest Albuquerque, NM 87104
Live and silent auctions featuring handcrafted Pueblo pottery, Navajo rugs, award-winning jewelry and Native American Art!

CSVANW will honor the exemplary advocates, service providers, tribal law enforcement, leaders and community members that have contributed and supported its mission to stop violence against Native women and children by advocating for social change in our communities.
Individual: $50
Table $500
Dress to impress or traditional attire
RSVP by October 14, 2016- CLICK HERE TO RSVP!
CSVANW Happenings!  
24th Annual Four Corners Indian  Country Conference  

CSVANW Executive Director, Deleana Otherbull was honored and humbled to speak at on "How increasing Awareness and Capacity Plays a Role in Ending Violence Against Women!" 

Jana Pfeiffer, the Membership and Outreach Coordinator, shared her experience as a child survivor of sexual violence at the 24th Annual Four Corners Indian Country Conference today. We are very proud of her empowering words to a room full of 300 direct service providers such as law enforcement, prosecutors, social workers, therapists, judges, public health educators and advocates! Her inspirational story sheds light on effective response to victims of sexual assault and how her healing journey has helped her become an advocate for prevention and intervention! 

To see more photos from the conference, check out our Facebook page! Click Below!

Sexual Violence in New Mexico Tribal Communities: Protecting our most Sacred Training 

CSVANW has put on our 1st
Sexual Assault Training on September 29, 2016 at Griego's Community Center! Devona Bradford, Sexual Assault Project Coordinator, brought in the prominent people from the Native Health Initiative, to present. The training provided informative topics for the attendees. The day ended with some young ladies dancing from the Sweet Nations Jingle group from Native American Community Academy school. 
Awesome work Devona!

Interested in creating a tile?


October 7th, 2016 
CSVANW Board & Member Meeting
Albuquerque Community Foundation, 624 Tijeras Ave NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

October 15, 2016
#IwillRUNforher 5k/1k Run/Walk
Tingley Beach
October 18, 2016
New Mexico Advocate Meeting  
Convening our Tribal/ State/ Federal Victim Advocates and Witness Coordinators
Bosque Retreat Center
6400 Coors Blvd NW Albuquerque, NM
Contact CSVANW AT 505-243-9199 or Kbenally@csvanw.org

October 24-28, 2016 
Advancing Advocacy: CSVANW's 40-Hour Core Advocacy Training 
Hilton Garden Inn- Uptown 
6510 America's Pkwy NE
Albuquerque, NM  

October 22, 2016
Honoring our 20yrs of service to our New Mexico's Tribal Communities
Contact CSVANW AT 505-243-9199 or Kbenally@csvanw.org

Membership and Board Meeting! THIS FRIDAY!

REGISTER TODAY! Spots are filling up fast!

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! For many generations, Native Communities across North America have experienced Historical Trauma through colonization. These terrible forces of colonizations brought the high rates of violence we now see in our Tribal communities today. Where 1 in 3 women are victims of domestic violence. For the month of October, many New Mexico Tribal communities, coalitions, and organizations are honoring their women and bringing awareness to domestic violence. These events are needed to promote healthier communities and create a space for Native women in need of help and healing. 
National Indigenous Women's Resource Center is HIRING! 
Current Vacancies

The NIWRC is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:

Open Vacancies for StrongHearts Native Helpline:

Help End Abuse for Life (H.E.A.L.) is hiring!  

They are currently seeking a qualified candidate for their Executive Director Position! 

The Department of Justice's Annual Tribal Consultation is now open for registration! 
Palm Springs, California
 December 5-9, 2016

Give the Department of Justice Your Feedback: Join OVW's Biennial Conferral


Who Should Participate
  • OVW grantees - both current and former
  • Victims and survivors
  • STOP/SASP Administrators
  • State, Territorial, and Tribal coalitions 
  • Community-based and culturally specific programs
  • Technical Assistance providers - both current and former
  • Victim service providers, prevention educators, criminal and civil justice professionals (including law enforcement, prosecution, judges, court professionals, etc.), and others who respond to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking - even if you are not an OVW grantee
  • Anyone else who has a stake in the implementation of the Violence Against Women Act
Topics and Times
  • Promising Practices in the Field  -Oct 4, 2:00 pm  Eastern time 
  • Technical Assistance Needs  -Oct 12, 2:00 pm  Eastern time
  • Administration of Grants  -Oct 26, 2:00 pm Eastern time

Let's support Haven House initiatives!
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! CSVANW supports all our community members initiatives to bring awareness! The Major Barbecue is on Thursday, October 13, 2016, from 5:30pm - 7:30pm at Haynes Park. The Children's Fun Run is on Saturday, October 22, 2016, from 9:30am - 11:30am at Lincoln Middle School, football field. 

New Beginning Program!
CONTACT: Lindsey  Chema Program Manager, New Beginning Program

Albuquerque SANE Collaborative 

Using Domestic Violence Awareness Month to Start the Conversation 
Kim Benally 

Prior to joining the Coalition to Stop Violence Against Native Women, I believed I had no experience working with the domestic violence and sexual assault field. I readily told the hiring committee of my lack of experience in the field. Since that time, I have almost completed a year 
 To read more about Kim's blog, click below!  

Finding My Happy
Mariah Claw (Navajo Nation) 

You know how people always ask you what you want to be when you grow up or where you hope to be in five or ten years? Well, my answer has changed over and over again. But, I think I have finally decided on what I want to be when I grow up. I want to be happy. 
I was born and raised in Chinle, AZ, the heart of the Navajo Nation. My favorite memories are of my brothers and sisters and I playing in the dirt without shoes or a real care in  
 To read more about Mariah Claw's blog, click below!

WOMEN AND WATER ARE SACRED! Tribal Coalitions walk into Sacred Stone Camp, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, ND 
Jana Pfeiffer | September 21, 2016  
What a night to remember! As a group of 35 women, representing the 18 Coalitions against Violence across the U.S., we graciously walked down the dirt road into the main entrance into Sacred Stone camp, chanting "Women and Water are Sacred!" We took every proud step forward, being untied and holding one voice in this...
To read more about Jana Pfeiffer's blog, click below!
CSVANW is growing and moving!
Each staff and Board member provides a vital role with CSVANW'S mission and vision! With a growing team to meet the needs of our New Mexico's Tribal communities, CSVANW has plans to move into a new office space within the soon. The team looks forward to expanding and passionately providing their help to tribal communities, direct services providers and tribal leaders!

Keioshiah Peter
CSVANW Native Youth Coordinator 

Our very own Keioshiah Peter, Native Youth Coordinator, spoke  at the White House Tribal Nations Conference as part of the Gen-I Youth Panel and attended the White House Tribal Youth Gathering! She was  amazing representing CSVANW and Native women! 

To check out her amazing video adventure on Facebook, click below!

Coleen Widell 
CSVANW Board Member 

"Survivors of domestic and sexual violence are the most courageous women I know. Societal forms of oppression like sexism and racism that women survivors face make the road to recovery even more unfairly challenging, especially for Native survivors.

Serving Native families with the support and guidance of our incredible Coalition staff is an honor.  I am proud to work as a member of the Board of Directors for CSVANW."

Click here! To learn about CSVANW's Board of Directors
"Hello my name is Marquita Adakai I am from the Dine Nation. I'm an alumni of Fort Lewis College in Durango Co. Where I received my BA in Anthropolgy. I'm currently working as an Archaeology feild Tech/Ethnographer. I'm very honored to have the opportunity to contribute and work along side the intellectual minds of the strong women at the CSVANW. I hope to utilize my background in cultural resource  management and socio-cultural anthropology in the form of advocacy for sexual assault, domestic violence, and environmental racism within our native community."   

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CSVANW Board of Directors 

Executive Director for PeaceKeepers of ENIPC
Board Chair

Tribal Secretary for Taos Pueblo
Board Treasurer

VOICES Program Manager
Board Member

Executive Director for H.E.A.L.
Board Secretary

Board Member


Executive Director

Training & Development Manager

Membership & Outreach Coordinator

Sexual Assault Project Coordinator

Office Coordinator

Program Assistant

Native Youth Coordinator