Victim Services Unit

Barbara Murray, Ph.D.

Director, Victim Services Unit

Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma

335588 E 750 Road

Perkins, OK 74059

(405) 547-4322

Victim Assistance Program 

The Victim Assistance Program works with victims of crime to help assure that their rights as crime victims are realized.  The program serves all victims in our community, regardless of ethnicity.  The focus in the coming year is serving those victimized by drunk and drugged drivers, elder abuse, and human trafficking.  Program staff serves as a single point of contact and accountability as they work to coordinate federal, state, local and tribal programs and services to meet the needs of victims and usher them through the criminal justice system.  Referrals can be made to the program by law enforcement, social service agencies, family members or individual victims.

The goals of the Victim Assistance Program are:

  • Provide professional, victim-centered and culturally competent services to victims of crime, elder abuse and impaired driving.
  • Work with crime victims and other professionals to decrease the rate of re-victimization
  • Increase awareness of program services and the impact of crime through trainings, community events and media outlets
  • Improve program performance through staff development and timely reporting

This project is supported by Grant number 2012VRGX0002 awarded by the Office of Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.  Points of view expressed in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position of the U.S. Department of Justice.

 

Sexual Assault Services Program

The Sexual Assault Services Program serves the needs of child, adolescent, adult, and secondary victims of sexual assault.  The program serves all victims in the community, regardless of ethnicity.    Referrals can be made to the program by law enforcement, social service agencies, family members or individual victims.

The goals of the Sexual Assault Services Program are:

  • Develop and maintain culturally specific direct intervention and support assistance to victims and secondary victims of sexual assault.
  • Establish outreach to increase sexual assault victim and collateral victim’s utilization of services.
  • Provide culturally specific advocacy, case management, referrals, counseling and support group services to sexual assault victims and secondary victims.
  • Maintain and continually prepare staff to be effective, compassionate, culturally competent and victim centered.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2012-KT-AX-0003  awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women.

 

Tribal Governments Program

The Tribal Governments Program  serves adult and adolescent victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault.  The program serves all victims in the community, regardless of ethnicity.    Referrals can be made to the program by law enforcement, social service agencies, family members or individual victims.

The goals of the Tribal Governments Program  are:

  • Provide professional, victim centered and culturally competent advocacy services to adult and adolescent victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault.
  • Provide transitional housing and support for victims of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault.
  • Work with the community to create culturally appropriate education and prevention campaigns around the issues of domestic violence, dating violence, stalking or sexual assault.
  • Review and revise Tribal Codes as needed to increase prosecution of those committing crimes of sexual assault, stalking, dating and domestic violence.
  • Form a functioning Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) to implement protocols and procedures to increase prosecution of perpetrators committing sexual assault against Native American women and children.

This project was supported by Grant No. 2012-TWZX-0013 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women.

Staff Introduction:

Barbara Murray, Ph.D.

Since 2002 Barbara has worked for the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma as a Grant Writer, Acting Director of the Department of Grant Development and Compliance and, since 2006 Program Coordinator for the Victim Assistance Program.  Three years ago she used her grant writing skills to bring in over one million dollars to enhance services to crime victims.  With the addition of a Sexual Assault Services Program and a Transitional Housing Assistance Program Barbara developed a Victim Services Unit within the department of Social Services.  In addition to serving as the Program Coordinator of the Victim Assistance Program she also serves as Director of the Victim Services Unit.

 

Crystal Springer

Crystal is an enrolled member of the Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma and descendant Ioway and Otoe-Missouri.  She graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from Oklahoma State university and is working on a Masters of Science in General Psychology.  Crystal has worked with children and youth since 1996 when she began her career as a youth guidance specialist.   She has worked in child care, early headstart and was a substance counselor for adolescents.  She currently works with the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Victim Services Unit as the Sexual Assault Services Program coordinator and victim advocate.  Her personal goals are to be the best mother she can be to her daughter, to strive to be a better person then she was yesterday, and to try to know God even better with each day.

 

Patricia Mutters

Patricia began working with the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma in 2004 at Four Winds  Childcare Center as an Infant/Toddler teacher. In 2008 she started  working in the Social Services Department as the receptionist and has since moved into the Victim Services Unit first as a case aide, then as the Transitional Housing Victim Advocate.

 

Tamara Hudgins M.Ed. CDSVRP

Tamara has worked for the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma since 2011. She is a Victim Advocate and Program Coordinator for Domestic Violence Services in the Victims Services Unit.    Previously she worked for 7 years as a case manager and clinician at Red Rock Behavioral Health Services. She has a Master’s degree in Counseling and is a Certified Domestic and Sexual Violence Response Professional.

 

Emmy Blevins

Emmy is the Victim Services Case Aide for the Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma with specific responsibility for Public Relations and Event Planning. She has eight years experience in the marketing field, primarily in the field of events and promotions. In her current role Emmy Blevins works to promote the services that the Victim Services Unit provides as well as build working partnerships with local businesses and law enforcement to better serve the community.