American Indian Women and Sexual Assault: Challenges and New Opportunities

Angela R. Gebhardt, Jane D. Woody

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This article informs social workers about sexual violence against American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) women and the policy reforms in the 2010 Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA). It describes the unmet needs of AI/AN survivors, reviews the TLOA reforms on sexual assault in relation to social work and public health principles, discusses the complementary roles for social workers and public health practitioners in reform efforts, and offers guidance for professional participation that emphasizes tribal sovereignty, indigenous capacity, and cultural competence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-248
Number of pages12
JournalAffilia - Journal of Women and Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Tribal Law and Order Act
  • public health
  • sexual assault
  • social work
  • trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gender Studies
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)


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