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New Curriculum: Addressing Family Violence and Abuse

Updated: Mar 23, 2018

Native American Fatherhood and Families (NAFFA) is excited to introduce our latest curriculum coming out next month: Addressing Family Violence and Abuse. A much needed class for many who are caught in the abuse cycle in their families. Once facilitators are trained in the curriculum, they will then go back to their communities and open their classes for all who are interested.

Here is a little sneak peek:


“The Addressing Family Violence and Abuse course promotes the safety and welfare of all family members. Abuse and violence are behaviors that are intended to attempt to maintain power and control over another. This form of oppression involves inappropriate and unfair acts of one over another. It is a forced process of submission of authority to bring someone under their control. Their power lies in the submission.

Too often people think abuse and violence involves only acts of a physical nature. Unfortunately it includes emotional, verbal, or sexual acts. This abusive behavior is destructive to the body, mind and spirit and directly affects one’s self- worth and personal independence. In reality, long after any physical injury heals, emotional injury may still be present. When abuse and violence happens between family members, it surrounds and greatly impacts the entire family. This is not limited to only parents but includes siblings, children, the elderly, and disabled.

It is important to understand that there is a deep inter-relationship between family violence and child abuse. Unfortunately, children affected by violence in the home, either as a victim or a witness can negatively impact children and can be considered a form of emotional child abuse which can create emotional, behavioral problems, and even some developmental difficulties. Individuals who have experienced this can be at-risk both short and long term. The professional and legal systems are

beginning to recognize a greater need to protect and care for children who often witness violence in the family environment.”

This training will be very powerful for many agencies like Head Start, or Behavioral Health Administrators along with criminal justice officers as there are fourteen sessions helping those who want to stop the violence in their families to learn how to do so. The ripple effect will be enormous and NAFFA is prepared to take this message all over the country. Remember April 17, 2018 will be the first day of training with our new curriculum. We are so excited.

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