Navajo Nation - Office of the President and Vice President
On Monday, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer signed a proclamation to recognize the month of October as the "Navajo Nation Domestic Violence Awareness Month" to raise awareness and increase prevention of violence in homes and communities across the Navajo Nation.
The proclamation states that domestic violence is a widespread issue that affects many Navajo people and impacts the Diné way of life, culture, and traditions. Domestic violence is a multi-generational cycle that disrupts harmony among many families and often leads to long-term emotional, spiritual, psychological, and physical harm.
"Sadly, we have many people who have been and continue to be domestic violence victims, and through the support and strength of others, many survivors continue to live prosperous lives. This modern monster often includes verbal abuse and controlling behavior intended to invoke dominance and control over others. This type of violence often results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death. The devastating consequences can cross generations and last a lifetime, but with greater awareness, education, and intervention, we can lessen and even stop domestic violence in our communities," said President Nez.
Last week, President Nez signed into law the Navajo Nation’s FY2023 Comprehensive Budget, which fully funds the Division of Social Services, Division of Public Safety, Navajo Police Department, and an additional $500,000 for the Proactive Criminal Enforcement Program, which is comprised of K-9 units, the Drug Enforcement Unit, and commissioned police personnel that conduct field operations to uncover and stop or disrupt activities that often lead to violent crimes.
The proclamation states that the Nez-Lizer Administration and the Department of Family Services within the Navajo Nation Division of Social Services continue to stand against domestic violence, family violence, dating violence, and sexual assaults.
"It’s very disheartening that tribal nations across the country face higher rates of domestic violence and our children face these adversities as well. Common abuse tactics include isolation, intimidation, gender stereotypes, blame, financial or spiritual, cultural, and religious abuse. Acts of domestic violence affect every person within a home and can have long-lasting effects on peoples’ emotional well-being and social interactions. Through prayer and action, we can stop abuse and get on the road to recovery, healing, and restoration," said Vice President Lizer.
According to the proclamation, the Navajo Nation will continue to provide prevention and crisis intervention services for victims of domestic violence, family violence, dating violence, and sexual assault in partnership with other federal, state, tribal, and non-profit agencies.
For more information regarding domestic violence services and resources, contact the Navajo Nation Department of Family Services at (928) 660-8991. The National Domestic Violence hotline is also available to provide support 1-800-799-7233.