Wiconi Wawokiya, Inc.
Wicoi Wawokiya, Inc. was started by a grassroots group of people in 1982 and in 1985 a domestic violence shelter (Project Safe) was established for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault victims. The goal is to reduce domestic violence and sexual assault on the Crow Creek Sioux Reservation and surrounding area by implementing strategies that will increase awareness, provide safety, and assist in prevention. The objectives are (1) to provide and enhance trauma informed crisis on, counseling and advocacy; (2) to provide awareness activities for youth on the prevention of dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, sexting, trafficking, and domestic violence; (3) to expand the education of Wiconi staff and other agency service providers; (4) to promote community awareness on the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and encourage youth and adults in establishing healthy lifestyles; (5) to integrate culturally appropriate practices in services to victims and their children from all agencies in the community; (6) to establish coordinated community response policies, protocols and procedures to enhance services; (7) to educate and train service providers on trauma, domestic violence and sexual assault, and (8) to improve organizational practices to improve services for individuals.
Year(s) Awarded: 2020, 2021, 2022