Statement of Purpose

The Domestic Violence (hereinafter referred to as DV) Department offered through the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska (hereinafter PTN) was first established July of 1998.  The intent of the Department is to promote the safety of DV, Stalking, Elder Abuse, Human Trafficking, Dating Violence, and Sexual Assault Survivors.  Services provided by the DV Department include, but are not limited to, advocacy services, emergency shelter placement, resource referrals, transportation, case management, and other resources as they relate to survivors’ immediate needs during a DV crisis.  The PTN’s DV Department assists eligible Native American clients in identifying a safe living environment and provides survivor support.

Mission Statement

To assist Native American victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, elder abuse, and human trafficking by providing a diversified continuum of services focused on safety, empowerment, and self-sufficiency.  Through community partnerships, the PTN DV Department raises awareness, provides services, and educates community members about domestic violence issues and crime victim rights.

The Domestic Violence Program provides crisis and emergency services for victims of sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, elder abuse, dating violence, domestic violence, and trauma.

  • Advocacy and case management
  • Community resource referrals
  • Development of safety plans
  • Job readiness skills
  • Legal and court advocacy
  • Protection orders
  • Shelter referral and placement
  • Transportation
  • Financial Assistance
  • Support Groups | Talking Circles

The staff holds several prevention and awareness activities for community members about issues surrounding domestic violence. We exchange ideas on how to increase awareness of domestic violence and its devastating effects in the communities we serve.

We also are involved with the Community Response Teams in several Ponca Tribal service areas. Members meet monthly to discuss effective and accountable services for perpetrators and enhanced support for victims.  The department has a Human Anti-Trafficking Response Team that meets each quarter to provide a coordinated response to Native American victims of sex and labor trafficking. 


The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska’s Department of Social Services maintains a strict policy on the confidentiality of client records. All information shared, or which we become aware of through our work with clients, will remain confidential. This means it will not be shared with anyone outside our staff unless you have given us written permission. DV staff are located in the following tribal offices:

Lincoln: 402-438-9222
Omaha: 402-734-5275
Norfolk: 402-371-8834
Niobrara: 402-857-3391
Sioux City: 712-258-0500
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE(7233)
National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE(4673)

Brochures & Support Materials

Download: Advocate Introduction Letter

Download: Domestic Violence FAQs

Download: Domestic Violence Program

Download: Elder Abuse Services

Download: Human Trafficking

Download: Trauma Informed Care

Download: Power and Control Wheel

Download: Power and Control Wheel for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans Relationships

Website: Healthy Relationship Spectrum

National Domestic Hotline Resources

Power and Control Wheel