Family Violence Prevention Program Expands With Tribal Victims Assistance Program

MAYETTA:  The Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP) and the Tribal Victims Assistance Program have merged into one program newly named Tribal Victim Services,  according to Daniel Goombi, FVPP Outreach Specialist and Victims Advocate.  The Tribal Victims Assistance Program was formerly housed in the Tribal Police Department but has moved to offices near the FVPP which is located in the Social Services (east) wing in the Health Center.

“We are excited about combining the two programs into one larger program that will allow us to better use resources and staff,” Goombi wrote in an email. “We will continue our mission of assisting Tribal families and individuals who are victims of crime, including family violence, and support them as they take steps toward justice and having safe and healthy futures.”

Rebekah Jones and Kent Miller are on the Tribal Victims Assistance Program staff that began in 2006 with the purpose of assisting Native American victims of crime and their families.  The program also serves the other three tribes in northeast Kansas and is funded by a grant from the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, and the U.S. Department of Justice.

The toll free crisis hotline number is 1.866.966.0173 or for more general information about the Tribal Victim Services program call Social Services at 785.966.8330.