Family Wellness Warriors Initiative Develops Training Programs about Domestic Violence, Abuse and Neglect for Alaska Natives

Addressing domestic violence, abuse, and neglect among Native Alaskan families through training and education

The Southcentral Foundation's Family Wellness Warriors Initiative (Wellness Initiative) employed four different training programs to raise awareness and combat domestic violence, abuse and neglect among Alaska Natives.

The training programs are designed to increase a network of individuals proficient in addressing these problems and to help Native people develop safe environments for children, families and communities.

Key Results: The Family Wellness Warriors Initiative employed four training programs:

  • Training the Trainers, which works to develop a core base of group leaders who are capable of conducting other types of training events. During 2006, trainers at two Training the Trainers series in Anchorage prepared 19 individuals, representing nine villages and communities, to serve as voluntary leaders at Family Wellness Warriors Initiative events.
  • Beauty for Ashes, a one-week, comprehensive training conference offering participants training and tools they can use to work with others in their communities to reverse the negative health and social patterns that result from abuse and violence. During 2005, a total of 153 individuals participated in a Beauty for Ashes conference.
  • Survivors of Abuse Leader Training Seminar (SALTS), an intensive six-day program that teaches skills for working with small groups. Some 16 individuals participated in the program, which is led by Open Hearts Ministry of Muskegon, Mich.
  • Grace for the Wounded, a one-day workshop conducted within a village or community. A total of 66 participants from faith-based and social service organizations attended workshops in the communities of Big Lake, Minto, Unalakleet and Kenai. Ten men and 69 women attended workshops at correctional facilities in Eagle River, Alaska.