Oklahoma City Indian Clinic promotes mental health and safety during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City Indian Clinic (OKCIC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, wants to promote resources for those affected by domestic violence.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed every October to bring attention to the widespread presence of abuse, and to promote resources for those in need.
“Unfortunately, domestic violence is a common occurrence,” said Robyn Sunday-Allen, OKCIC’s Chief Executive Officer. “It affects more people than you might think.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1-in-5 women and 1-in-7 men have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner. Although physical violence is a form of abuse, domestic violence can take many forms. Physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as stalking, are all forms of domestic violence.
The rate of domestic violence is higher among Native Americans, according to the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). Over 49% of Native Americans have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner.
“Luckily, there are resources available for those experiencing domestic violence,” Sunday-Allen said. “The National Domestic Violence Hotline can help you create a safety plan tailored to your unique circumstances.”
The National Domestic Violence Hotline has a 24/7 crisis line at 1-800-799-SAFE. Stronghearts Native Helpline offers a 24/7 crisis line for Native Americans at 1-844-7NATIVE. OKCIC also provides behavioral health services to Native Americans. Patients can call 405-948-4900 ext. 610 to schedule an appointment.
No one should have to stay in an abusive environment. Help is available any time. Consider reaching out during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
About Oklahoma City Indian Clinic
Oklahoma City Indian Clinic was established in 1974 to provide excellent health care and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma. The clinic staff cares for more than 21,000 patients from over 220 federally recognized tribes every year. American Indians can receive a range of services, including medical, dental, pediatrics, prenatal, pharmacy, optometry, physical fitness, nutrition, family programs and behavioral health services. For more information, please call (405) 948-4900 or visit www.okcic.com.