Victim Advocacy

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Call 612-301-3433 and ask for an advocate.

Domestic violence and sexual abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of age, size, gender, strength, or sexual orientation. Our services are free and confidential for women and men.

Advocates can help you:

  • Get immediate assistance and assure your safety
  • Connect to therapy, shelters, and community resources
  • Join a support group and get supportive counseling
  • With legal services, courts, law enforcement, and forensic exams

What is Domestic Violence?

All acts of violence--physical or emotional--by a family member, partner, girlfriend, boyfriend, or children. It includes:

  • Using physical force such as kicking, hitting, punching, biting, slapping, and hitting with objects
  • Bullying
  • Threats and insults
  • Being controlled
  • Being deprived of financial support

What is Sexual Abuse?

Sexual abuse is any sexual act that occurs against someone’s will. It involves victims who do not agree to the sexual act (consent) or those who are unable to consent or refuse. Someone can be unable to consent because of:

  • Fear
  • Age
  • Illness
  • Physical or mental disability
  • Being under the influence of alcohol or drugs