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to donate to the shelter and help the shelter provide services to the
many victims/survivors and child victim witnesses in our community! Thank
Home For Women and Children
Ya'at'eeh'...Greetings! We are a domestic
violence and sexual assault shelter located on the Navajo Reservation in Shiprock, New Mexico. We have served the entire Navajo
reservation, which covers approximately 26,000 square miles for 32 years. The program also
serves all of the Four Corners area, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, and
The Home for Women and Children is committed to providing shelter, advocacy, mentoring,
and education for families affected by domestic violence and sexual assault through a comprehensive family
wellness center, community awareness and involvement, and to identify resources to enhance growth and
development. Home for Women and Children is committed to provide these services utilizing traditional Dine'
teachings of K'e and Ho'zho (kinship and harmony).
Navajo society is matriarchal and, in the past, provided safeguards for women by
weaving a safety net of nuclear and extended family around them and by affording them high honor and respect.
According to the teachings of our grandparents, we are children of the holy people, and our prayers, stories
and songs reflect teachings of a pattern of life and guidance for proper conduct in order to live in "Bik'eh
hozhoon" (the Beauty Way: harmony, balance, order, peace). This is the foundation of the Dine' ("The People"
in Navajo) philosophy of our total being and existence, which encompasses both human and spiritual
relationships of all creations.
One of these holy people is "Changing Woman",
who taught us the rules of conduct with our relatives and all of creation. Everything has a life force and
deserves respect. Male and female are of equal value and must live and work together to have "Bik'eh
hozhoon". A woman represents Beauty Way, love, life, home, security, peace and strength and is responsible
for the preservation of our culture and to strengthen our cultural belief, that the family is the foundation
of our society. Our prayers and our songs stress the equality and completeness of life. The process of the
wedding ceremony teaches the importance of the coming generations. One should value life, respect others, and
be a responsible, positive, productive