American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have the highest crime victimization rates in the nation but often have difficulty connecting with the services that exist to help them recover from crime and abuse.
AI/AN survivors and others face additional barriers including:
- Navigating a complicated system that includes federal, state, tribal, and private actors;
- Identifying available services on and off the reservation;
- Gaps in services to better meet the unique needs of AI/AN survivors of crime and abuse
The Office for Victims of Crime of the U.S. Department of Justice has funded the National Center for Victims of Crime, National Congress of American Indians, and Tribal Law and Policy Institute to create a web-based resource mapping tool that would:
- Link AI/AN survivors of crime and abuse to services anywhere in the country, and;
- Help identify gaps in the network of existing services