Working to end violence against women is not a small task but in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands where NUTESE has been selected by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women to participate in the national Advocacy Learning Center, the task just got a little easier.
The national Advocacy Learning Center, offered by Praxis International and Manavi, in partnership with the Office on Violence Against Women, is an 18-month course created to strengthen how advocacy programs engage with survivors, and how to strategize and act to improve responses to violence against women. Team members travel to three in-person events and participate in numerous distance learning activities.
NUTESE was selected as one of only 18 programs to join the course. Currently 54 programs and 142 advocates are participating in the Center.
The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that every 90 seconds, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted, and that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women in the United States. Untold numbers of women suffer permanent injuries-brain damage, blindness, deafness, and disfigurement as well as severe emotional trauma-anxiety, shame, despair, and even thoughts of suicide. The NUTESE works to protect survivors of sexual and domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, prostitutions, and human trafficking.
Whether abuse is occurring next door, across town or down the street, it is only natural to want to help our family, our neighbors, and our friends when we think they are in trouble. As individuals and as concerned members of our community we can find ways to help people in trouble and stop the violence in our community.
For more information about how you can help end violence against women contact NUTESE Helpline at (670) 287-9213 or NUTESE Office at (670) 287-9212. (PR)