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Domestic Violence Prevention for Native People

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Presentation for the North America Native people to prevent domestic violence by Cindy Martin

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Domestic Violence Prevention for Native People

  1. 1. Domestic Violence Prevention <ul><li>Living within Peace, Strength and a Good Mind </li></ul>Stepping Stones Publications 2009
  2. 2. Domestic Violence <ul><li>Definition: </li></ul><ul><li>It is the use of physical, sexual force or psychological actual or threatened, in an intimate relationship. </li></ul><ul><li>Abuse can be acts or threats affecting a person mentally, physically, spiritually or emotionally. </li></ul>Stepping Stones Publications 2009
  3. 3. Goal of Domestic Violence <ul><li>Above all else, is to achieve “ POWER and CONTROL” of another person </li></ul><ul><li>By implementing the following: </li></ul><ul><li>Coercion / threats / intimidation </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional Abuse </li></ul><ul><li>Isolation </li></ul><ul><li>Denying and Blaming </li></ul><ul><li>Using Children </li></ul><ul><li>Abuse (including economic abuse) </li></ul><ul><li>Male Privilege </li></ul>Stepping Stones Publications 2009
  4. 4. The Intimate Relationship <ul><li>Before my moon time began, my aunt told me there was going to be a time when I would seek a partner </li></ul><ul><li>Her advise to me was to observe the family and watch how everyone treated their mother (respect and caring) </li></ul><ul><li>I was asked what kind of relationship do I want and what kind of life did I want for my children </li></ul><ul><li>Four traits of people: </li></ul><ul><li>Happy and caring </li></ul><ul><li>Angry and jealous </li></ul><ul><li>Scared and confused </li></ul><ul><li>Sad and careless </li></ul>Stepping Stones Publications 2009
  5. 5. Love the Feeling Caring the Action <ul><li>Love for the passion, the excitement, the happiness, for the moment of commitment </li></ul><ul><li>Caring for someone, it can last a life-time. It is the sacred unconditional feeling that is always constant, a bond that permits them to speak with their eyes, an energy that swirls in their hands and feet, a feeling that lets them know when they are close by and no matter the distance they can meet in their dreams </li></ul>Stepping Stones Publications 2009
  6. 6. Understanding My Choice <ul><li>As a Haudenosaunee female, I am sacred </li></ul><ul><li>My responsibility is a carrier of new life </li></ul><ul><li>I choose my partner, the father of my children </li></ul><ul><li>With the Creator’s blessing, I plan when to prepare for the birth of each child </li></ul><ul><li>My children can bond me to their father’s family </li></ul><ul><li>I can choose to have healthy, unhealthy or non-existent family (paternal) relationship </li></ul>Stepping Stones Publications 2009
  7. 7. Long ago... <ul><li>The matriarchal society of women were responsible and gave direction for the following: </li></ul><ul><li>the longhouse home </li></ul><ul><li>the land </li></ul><ul><li>the children </li></ul><ul><li>the ceremonies </li></ul><ul><li>the food </li></ul><ul><li>The family worked together as a way of life... </li></ul>Stepping Stones Publications 2009
  8. 8. Cultural changes... <ul><li>The Fur Trade...300 years of trade & violence (rum, guns and wares) </li></ul><ul><li>Wars (Direct or indirect) </li></ul><ul><li>The loss of land to reserves </li></ul><ul><li>Decrease in food production </li></ul><ul><li>Implementation of the Indian Act / Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Christianity </li></ul><ul><li>Residential Schools </li></ul><ul><li>Accepting of western lifestyle of identity, thinking, behaviors, values and abuses </li></ul>Stepping Stones Publications 2009
  9. 9. Cultural Renewal... <ul><li>Learning cultural knowledge: </li></ul><ul><li>Language </li></ul><ul><li>Ceremonies </li></ul><ul><li>The Great Law </li></ul><ul><li> The Code of Handsome Lake </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional Health </li></ul><ul><li>Roles and Responsibilities </li></ul><ul><li>Traditional Life Skills </li></ul>Stepping Stones Publications 2009
  10. 10. Personal Challenges <ul><li>The Creator places judgment on a person when they die </li></ul><ul><li>In our teachings it is not our place to judge a person </li></ul><ul><li>A person can repent and change </li></ul><ul><li>It is said that these are their life lessons / personal challenges and they are to find their strength, peace and a good mind </li></ul><ul><li>A person is tested by their personal challenges </li></ul>Stepping Stones Publications 2009
  11. 11. Living within Peace Strength and a Good Mind <ul><li>As we uphold our Ceremonies and full-fill our instructions from the Creator, we can live within </li></ul><ul><li>Peace – caring relationships with our self and others, resolving / forgiving childhood conflicts </li></ul><ul><li>Strength – family structure, stress management, social involvement, sharing, communicating and healing </li></ul><ul><li>A Good Mind – grief counseling, anger management, non judgment and positive self esteem </li></ul><ul><li>Abuse Hinders Growth </li></ul>Stepping Stones Publications 2009
  12. 12. Messages from the Creator <ul><li>When the Peace Maker brought the message of peace we buried our weapons underneath the White Pine Tree. Accepting the message of peace, meant we were not to hurt / kill others </li></ul><ul><li>In the Code of Handsome Lake it is said that if men are abusive and continuously hit a woman, they will hit a burning molten statue and continuously feel the pain forever in the realm of the punisher. </li></ul>Stepping Stones Publications 2009
  13. 13. A time for a change... <ul><li>Once the Peace Maker set our pathway, we lived in peace and harmony while experiencing happiness with others. </li></ul><ul><li>Since 1492 our people have survived many changes...Handsome Lake brought messages to help our people live in a good way amongst the new people. </li></ul><ul><li>As we are nearing the end of this day, oppression is lifting and it is time for a change...to make right what has been missing from our lives by living within peace, strength and a good mind. </li></ul>Stepping Stones Publications 2009