The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe offers many programs throughout the year and they are set to add another one to the list.
According to a study done by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and The National Institute of Justice, Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence, one in four women (25%) have experienced domestic violence in her lifetime.
Paula Smykle, the Tribe’s new Transitional Housing and Native American Services Coordinator, announced that she is going to start a Domestic Violence Task Force Meeting to aide the members of the Tribe and citizens of Flandreau and possibly help bring that number down.
The program will be open to the entire community and is designed to help people learn about, and share, their experiences with domestic abuse in a safe, friendly environment.
Smykle will provide information at each meeting that she believes will help people better understand what domestic abuse is, looks like, and how it can be prevented.
Although it wont be mandatory, participants of the meetings will be encouraged to share any experiences they have had in the past, not only for their benefit, but also, to help others who may be going through the same situations.
Smykle plans on having experts and law enforcement officers at some of the meetings to help the attendees better understand the severity of domestic abuse as well as share with them ways they can help.
The first meeting is scheduled for August 12th from noon to 1:00 p.m. at Eastman Hall. Future meetings have not been scheduled but Smykle expects to have a gathering every month.