ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) - The Catawba Indian Nation is losing a federal grant to combat domestic violence, ending one full-time position in the tribe’s social services department.
A three-year grant from the U.S. Justice Department runs out at the end of the year, The Herald of Rock Hill reported (https://bit.ly/1NLq2NZ).
The grant of nearly $750,000 had paid three full-time staffers to help Catawba Indians leaving abusive relationships and support services to help set up new homes.
Catawba spokeswoman Elizabeth Harris said the Justice Department had 150 applications and was only able to award 40 grants.
Harris said the tribe hopes to use a smaller grant to help to all crime victims. The three employees’ positions are being eliminated and they can compete for two full-time jobs under the new program.
The tribe’s domestic violence shelter is funded separately and will continue to operate.
Statistics show Native Americans suffer some of the highest rates of domestic violence compared to other Americans. American Indian women residing on Indian reservations suffer domestic violence and physical assault at a rate as much as 50 percent higher than the next most victimized demographic, according to a 2004 Department of Justice report.
In a 2008 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, 39 percent of Native American women identified as victims of intimate partner violence, a rate higher than any other race or ethnicity surveyed.
Information from: The Herald, https://www.heraldonline.com
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