The Mescalero Apache Violence Against Women Awareness Program (VAWA) is funded through a federal grant from the Office of Violence Against Women, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. The goals of the program is to:
- Open and operate a Violence Against Women Office in the Mescalero Apache Community
- Create and distribute awareness and educational campaign on Domestic Violence to community members and tribal programs
- Offer support to Domestic Violence victims and children
- Plan and implement a Safe House for victims and children of Domestic Violence crimes
Our Program Partner
The VAWA program is housed in partnership with Mescalero Tribal Human Services (MTHS), which is a Substance Abuse Treatment Program that offers various clinical support to adults and adolescents. For information on MTHS, they can be contacted at 575-464-4433.
What Services We Provide
The VAWA program offers support and educational services to victims of domestic violence acts, to community members, tribal community programs, and tribal administration.
- Free Counseling to Domestic Violence Victims and to the victim’s children
- Culturally sensitive programs that is based on the Apache Women’s beliefs and values
- No-cost community prevention and education on bullying, elder abuse, teen dating, sex-trafficking, and domestic violence
Family Violence Affects Us All
Millions of women are physically, sexually, or emotionally abused every year by someone they know and love—their husband or partner. Any woman may be abused. It happens to women of all ages, races, religions, all income and educational levels, and sexual orientations.
Abuse is never acceptable. Women don’t “ask for it” and it’s not caused by alcohol, drugs, financial pressure, depression, or jealousy.
Are you Being Abused?
Does the person you love….
- Threaten to hurt you or your children?
- Say it’s your fault, if he or she hits you, then promises it won’t happen again, but it does?
- Put you down in public, hit, choke, kick, or slap you?
- Force you to have sex when you don’t want to?
If you answered just one yes, then it means, you are in an abusive relationships. You are not alone and you have choices.
No one deserves to be abused.
If you are threaten or assaulted and need emergency help, Call 911, BIA Law Enforcement 575-464-4479, VA-WA Office 575-464-4433.