White House rep announces domestic violence, sexual assault helpline

A new resource for Alaska Native and American Indian victims of domestic violence and sexual assault will be available in January.

Tracy Goodluck from the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House announced the Strong Hearts Helpline on Thursday at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks.

“The new helpline will provide culturally and linguistically appropriate services by and for Native women and will assist American Indian and Alaska Native survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault with safety planning, emotional support and referrals to local resources,” Goodluck said.

The helpline is a collaboration between the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. It’s scheduled to launch Jan. 4.