To empower those seeking our services with the tools they need to rebuild their lives and become the strong individuals they were created to be; to effect social change through outreach and education in order to put an end to intergenerational violence; and to partner with state, county, and tribal court systems and law enforcement to hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes.
24 HOUR CRISIS LINE
Our Crisis line is answered 24 hours a day/7 days a week. If our Crisis Operator is on the line with another crisis call you will receive a call back within 15 minutes. Please be advised that for security reasons, the number appearing on your caller I.D. will be different than the crisis line number you called.
When the Crisis line is answered, you will merely hear “hello”. For your safety, the operator will not identify the line as a Family Violence Crisis line. If you ask the operator if you have called the crisis line, she will reply with, “May I help you?” This is to prevent batterer’s from checking your call log to find out if the call has been placed, which could put you in danger.
The Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention Shelter is a 24-hour a day/7 day a week shelter for ALL victims of family/domestic violence. We have a three bedroom home which can house up to 6 guests. Our shelter does allow the minor children (of all ages and genders) of our victims to accompany them during their stay. The shelter provides a communal living environment where victims of family/domestic violence may develop a sense of community with the other shelter guests as well as with our staff.
Shelter guests will be provided with a myriad of daily activities and outings designed to increase independent living capabilities and improve self-esteem as well as just have fun with the other guests.
If you would like to come to our Family Violence Shelter, we can provide transportations if you have no other means to get there. We will ask you if you are in a safe place. For the safety of our staff, you must be in a safe place, well-lit and public. If you are unable to get to a safe place but still want to come to the shelter, we will call local law enforcement to request a civil standby while we retrieve you.
While at the shelter, if you have no other means of transportation, our staff will ensure that you have transportation to all appointments, job searches, housing searches, schooling, etc.
If you would like to leave our shelter, for any reason, we will provide transportation for you but may not take you to a private residence, for the safety of our staff.
While you are a guest at our shelter, our staff will assess the skills you need to obtain, or strengthen, your independent living capability so that we may work together to ensure your success when you are ready to leave the shelter.
While a guest at our shelter, when working with the advocate, you may request referrals for counseling, medical care, or other services through the Osage Nation. Referrals may also be provided for county or state services upon request.
In addition to a weekly session with your advocate, at least two different support groups will be available to our shelter guests. Support groups are less structured than advocate sessions and allow shelter guests to interact with other women in the community who are dealing with family violence issues even though not a guest at the shelter.
While you are a guest at our shelter, our staff Advocate will meet with you at least once each week for no less than 45 minutes to work with you on setting goals, achieving goals, answering questions, and reviewing your service plan.
Our staff advocate also provides court advocacy. This means that you will have someone to go over court procedures and protocols prior to any court date, someone to go with you to file protective order petitions and attend hearings, and someone to provide for your security while attending court by requesting a private waiting room or a security escort to and from the parking lot.
The Osage Nation Family Violence Department has a partnership with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. Our shelter guests will have access to attorneys, at no cost, for legal issues relating to domestic violence such as protective order hearings, divorce and custody issues.
Policies are in place to provide for the safety of our shelter guests. Upon discharge from the shelter, guests will work with their advocate to create a safety plan for their new surroundings. A copy of your safety plan will be kept in your file at the shelter in case of emergency.
HOUSING & UTILITY ASSISTANCE
When our shelter guests are ready for independent living, the Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention Department will assist our guests by providing a deposit and first month’s rent, as well as deposits for utilities. Additionally, our Department will provide our shelter guests with furnishings, linens and other basic household needs.
WALK IN SERVICES
Walk in services are available to any victim of family violence as well as to those referred to us by the Department of Human Services (DHS) or Osage Nation Social Services. Services are available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. In the event of an emergency after hours or on weekends please call the Crisis Line at:
Most all protective orders in Osage County originate at the Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention Department. Our staff will assist you in filling out the petition, filing it with the court, making any necessary amendments, and accompanying you to the hearing for a final order.
- Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) Set-Up
After your emergency protective order has been granted, our staff will ensure that you are connected with VINE so that you will receive notifications when the protective order is served or is violated.
- Danger/Lethality Assessment
Protective Orders that are domestic violence related will be accompanied by a danger/lethality assessment. These assessments allow the advocate to work with you to prepare a safety plan based on the assessment score.
- Safety Planning
Based on the score of the Danger/Lethality Assessment, our advocate will assist you in creating a safety plan for you and your children.
- Confidential Address Program
The Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention Department is a certified application assistant for the State of Oklahoma’s Confidential Address Program. If you would like to relocate and maintain a confidential address for your own safety, we can help you.
Our staff advocate also provides court advocacy. This means that you will have someone to go over court procedures and protocols prior to any court date, someone to go with you to file protective order petitions and attend hearings, and someone to provide for your security while attending court, by requesting a private waiting room or a security escort to and from the parking lot.
When you come to Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention Department our staff Advocate will meet with you at least once each week for no less than 45 minutes to work with you on setting goals, achieving goals, answering questions, and reviewing your service plan. If you have been referred to us by another agency, we will send a compliance report to that agency on your behalf.
When working with the advocate, you may request referrals for counseling, medical care, or other services through the Osage Nation. Referrals may also be provided for county or state services upon request.
When you have been referred to us by DHS or Osage Nation Social Services, you will receive a danger/lethality assessment, which will be reported to the referring agency. We will also send them recommendations based on your score which may become part of your service plan with the referring agency.
Victim support groups are available at our main office located at:
126 E. 6th Street
Support groups are held on Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and on Thursday mornings from 8:30 – 9:30. These support groups are open to our shelter guests and victims within the Osage County community.
The Osage Nation Family Violence Department has a partnership with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma. You will have access to attorneys, at no cost, for legal issues relating to domestic violence such as protective order hearings, divorce, victim’s compensation and custody issues.
Depending on the score of your Danger/Lethality Assessment you will work with your advocate to create a safety plan for you and your children. A copy of your safety plan will be kept in your file at our main office in case of emergency.
SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES
The Osage Nation Family Violence Prevention Department has a Sexual Assault Forensic Examination, Support, Training, Access and Resources (SAFESTAR) who provides services to victims of sexual assault 24 hours each day/7 days each week. If you have been sexually assaulted and want help, please call our Crisis Line at:
Our Crisis Line Operator will contact our SAFESTAR and arrange for an examination location if the victim refuses to go to an Emergency Room. Our SAFESTAR is not mandated to report to the police unless you wish to report the crime. Our SAFESTAR can perform an external exam, collect evidence and store it in the event that the victim changes their mind and wishes to report the crime.
In the case of a victim who wishes to report the crime, the SAFESTAR will turn over all evidence collected to the police investigator according to evidence collection protocols.
Our SAFESTAR will provide victims of sexual assault with a “morning after” birth control pill upon request.