Presenting author: Victoria Wynecoop-Abrahamson
Presenting author biography:
Victoria “Tori” Wynecoop-Abrahamson (she/her) is a citizen of the Spokane Tribe located in Eastern Washington State and the Training and Technical Assistance Manager at the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health (NCDVTMH).
Indigenizing Harm Reduction at the Intersections of Domestic Violence, Mental Health, and Substance Use
Indigenous nations and communities, located in what is now called the United States of America (U.S.A.), have continued to confront historical and present-day trauma due to the oppressive policies and practices of settler-colonial governments. Due to these genocidal practices, the rates of domestic violence have significantly increased, impacting mental health and substance use services. Prior to contact with European settlers, Indigenous communities had foundational harm reduction practices that cared for their community members. Now, organizations and programs that support Indigenous survivors at the intersections of domestic violence, mental health, and substance use are based on colonial and paternal assimilation that are not survivor-defined. In this presentation, we will work to identify Indigenous harm reduction strategies to support Indigenous survivors in the U.S.A. at the intersections of domestic violence, mental health, and substance use. We will also examine the effects of white and Eurocentric-centered harm reduction practices in Indigenous communities and survivors. This will ultimately guide us in understanding how harm reduction services are missing gaps in their efforts to support Indigenous survivors.
1. Identify Indigenous harm reduction practices to support Indigenous survivors at the intersections of domestic violence, mental health, and substance use
2. Examine effects of white and Eurocentric-centered harm reduction practice in Indigenous communities and survivors