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THEY FAILED TO PROTECT ME: Enhancing Response to and Surveillance of Domestic & Intimate Partner Violence and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit People of California During the COVID-19 Pandemic

SBI partnered with the California Tribal Epidemiology Center (CTEC), housed in the California Rural Indian Health Board, Inc. (CRIHB), to gather data on how gender and sexual violence among Indigenous and AI/AN communities may have increased during the COVID-19 pandemic and to assess the existing landscape of gender and sexual violence data surveillance. The ultimate goal of this work was to chart a path to meaningful inter-agency and cross-disciplinary collaboration to collect, share, and mobilize data on gender and sexual violence against Indigenous and AI/AN people during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

This project's final report is the result of six months of research and collaboration between SBI, CRIHB, and partnering Tribal Health Programs to inform California Indigenous and tribal communities and key stakeholders on the successes and challenges of current data collection on gender and sexual violence against Indigenous and AI/AN people in California, with particular emphasis on how to enhance practices in light of the pandemic. In conducting this work, SBI focused on intimate partner violence, domestic violence, and missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and two spirit people (MMIWG2). As part of an assessment of existing surveillance practices, SBI sought to examine how rates of such violence have shifted from 2016 to 2021.


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