OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, a nonprofit clinic providing health and wellness services to American Indians in central Oklahoma, wants to promote resources for those affected by domestic violence.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed every October to bring attention to the widespread presence of abuse and to promote resources for those in need. 

“Unfortunately, domestic violence is a common occurrence,” Robyn Sunday-Allen, OKCIC’s CEO, said. “It affects more people than you might think.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in five women and one in seven men have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner. Although physical violence is a form of abuse, domestic violence can take many forms. Forms of domestic violence include physical, emotional and sexual abuse as well as stalking.

The rate of domestic violence is higher among Native Americans, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. More than 49% of Native Americans have experienced physical violence by an intimate partner.

“Luckily, there are resources available for those experiencing domestic violence,” Sunday-Allen said. “The National Domestic Violence Hotline can help you create a safety plan tailored to your unique circumstances.”

The National Domestic Violence Hotline has a 24/7 crisis line at 1-800-799-SAFE. Stronghearts Native Helpline offers a 24/7 crisis line for Native Americans at 1-844-7NATIVE. OKCIC also provides behavioral health services to Native Americans. Patients can call 405-948-4900, ext. 610 to schedule an appointment.