Chickasaw Nation Opens Violence Prevention Center

Former Chickasaw Legislator Mary Jo Green, tribal Family Services Exec. Officer Todd Crawford, tribal Legislator Lisa Impson, Wyatt Keel, Secretary of Family Service Jay Keel, tribal Legislators Nancy Elliott, Lisa Billy and Toby Perkins; Gov. Anoatubby, Lt. Gov. Jefferson Keel, tribal Legislators Beth Alexander and Steven Woods; Undersecretary of Mental Health Services Paul Emrich and tribal Office of Violence Prevention Director, Karen Gaddis. Photo by Michael Scott.

Published March 11, 2018

ADA, OKLAHOMA – Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby led ribbon cutting ceremonies Thursday, March 8, to formally dedicate a facility designed to enhance family services.

Located at 1921 Stonecipher Blvd., the Chickasaw Nation Violence Prevention Center offers services to strengthen families and help promote stability and a safer home environment.

The Chickasaw Nation is dedicated to offering assistance to families who are experiencing domestic violence situations. The Chickasaw Nation has offered these services since 1994 and expanded them in 2008.

“With the opening of the Violence Prevention Center, we are able to consolidate and expand services for men and women who are seeking assistance dealing with domestic violence situations,” Gov. Anoatubby said. “There would be nothing better than to have no need for a center like this, but the need is there. So long as the need is there, we need to be there to help meet that need.”

Counseling, career services, education programs and assistance with everyday needs will be offered at the 11,000-square-foot facility.

Located adjacent to the Chickasaw Nation Medical Center, families receiving services through the Violence Protection Center will also have greater access to integrated health and wellness services.

Chickasaw Nation Violence Prevention Services are voluntary and available to Native and non-Native individuals and their dependents who meet eligibility criteria.

For more information about the Chickasaw Nation Violence Prevention Program, call 580-272-5580 or visit Chickasaw.net/DomesticViolence.

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