Domestic Violence

The purpose of this program is to provide assistance to adult and youth victims/survivors of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking survivors.

This program is funded by the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women, 2008 Grants to Indian Tribal Governments Program award will be used for this program. The Wiyot Tribe can provide case management and victim assistance. The program is working towards offering batterers intervention classes.  The Wiyot Tribe will take affirmative steps to maintain the security of personally identifying information for clients who receive domestic violence assistance from this program. Tribal members should contact the Social Service Director to apply for services.

The Office of Violence Against Women's Tribal governments program requires tribes to provide documentation of client status. Acceptable documentation includes: a copy of a civil or criminal protection order, medical records, police reports, victim's statement to prosecutors, statement from domestic violence/sexual assault program staff, victims written statement (written statement must be written by the victim, signed and dated should include date(s) of incident(s), should describe victims injuries and fear, should describe the impact that the violence has had on the victim/victims children.

Domestic violence and emotional abuse are behaviors used by one person in a relationship to control the other. Partners may be married or not married; heterosexual, gay, or lesbian; living together, separated or dating.

Examples of abuse include:

  • name-calling or putdowns
  • keeping a partner from contacting their family or friends
  • withholding money
  • stopping a partner from getting or keeping a job
  • actual or threatened physical harm
  • sexual assault
  • stalking
  • intimidation

Violence can be criminal and includes physical assault (hitting, pushing, shoving, etc.), sexual abuse (unwanted or forced sexual activity), and stalking. Although emotional, psychological and financial abuse are not criminal behaviors, they are forms of abuse and can lead to criminal violence.  

The violence takes many forms and can happen all the time or once in a while. An important step to help yourself or someone you know in preventing or stopping violence is recognizing the warning signs listed on the "Violence Wheel."


Victims can be of any age, sex, race, culture, religion, education, employment or marital status. Although both men and women can be abused, most victims are women. Children in homes where there is domestic violence are more likely to be abused and/or neglected. Most children in these homes know about the violence. Even if a child is not physically harmed, they may have emotional and behavior problems.

If you are being abused, REMEMBER

  1. You are not alone
  2. It is not your fault
  3. Help is available