November 20, 2009 –
Mayetta: The findings from a study on violence and abuse about Prairie Band Potawatomi (PBP) women can be heard at an upcoming community workshop on Monday, December 7 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Bingo Hall.
Dr. Venida Chenault (PBPN), who conducted the 2009 Violence and Abuse study, will present the results during a workshop that also includes lunch. Participants are asked to register by November 30 through Tina Levier at the PBPN Government Center by calling 785.966.4034 or through Dr. Chenault at 785.830.2715 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr. Chenault began her study in May of 2009 by surveying PBP adult women through the mail about the level of violence they have experienced and its effects on them. At the workshop Chenault plans to offer the results and engage in an interactive discussion about the rates of violence and abuse to girls and women, what steps can be taken to end violence against Prairie Band women and if programs should become available to tribal men who engage in violence against women.
The study was conducted as part of Chenault’s work last year as a visiting scholar at the University of Kansas School of Social Work. This fall she returned to her position as Vice-President for Academic Affairs at Haskell Indian Nations University.