Honoring 100 for the 100th: Shawn Partridge

Photo of Shawn PartridgeShawn Partridge is a citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and serves as Director of the Nation’s Family Violence Prevention Program (FVPP). The FVPP is an advocacy program providing a variety of supportive services to Native and non-Native victims/survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, stalking, human trafficking, and other violent crimes. Under Ms. Partridge’s leadership, the FVPP has continually expanded services to include development and implementation of the Nation’s first Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program, as well as advocacy and support to specialized populations, including teens impacted by dating violence and child survivors of sexual violence and their families. Ms. Partridge’s work has included special focus on developing and improving responses within rural communities and in engaging men in the movement to end violence against women and children. Her desire to engage men led to the development of Warriors Honor Women, a powerful male-led movement within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation that utilizes traditional values and teachings to promote respect, healthy relationships, and safety for all people.

Ms. Partridge is a founding board member and current President of the Native Alliance Against Violence (NAAV), Oklahoma’s tribal coalition against domestic and sexual violence. She continues to be involved in efforts to enhance policies at the tribal, state, and federal levels in order to increase safety and justice for Native women and children and to advocate for the sovereign rights of tribal nations. Ms. Partridge was actively involved in efforts to promote the 2013 Re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act which restored tribes’ authority to ensure accountability for non-Natives who commit crimes of domestic violence on tribal lands. Ms. Partridge’s participation to promote VAWA 2013 with the special tribal provision culminated in an invitation to attend the ceremony in which President Obama signed the historical legislation into law. This was an experience she proclaims as one of the highlights of her life.

Ms. Partridge earned an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts from Haskell Indian Nations University (1996), and a Bachelor’s in Native American Studies (2001) and a Master of Social Work degree (2012) both from the University of Oklahoma. She is a current member of the School of Social Work’s Board of Visitors and received the national Professional Development Leader Award at the annual Hall of Fame luncheon and ceremony in 2016. Ms. Partridge is deeply honored to be included amongst the 100 for the 100th anniversary celebration and remains incredibly thankful to the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work for the life-changing educational experience the program provided, which she credits for significantly enhancing and strengthening her voice as an Indigenous woman and social worker.

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