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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and we have many events and outreach activities planned. In the last year alone, the Southwest Crisis Center has provided services to over 550 women, children, and men who have experienced domestic violence at the hand of a loved one. In the last full year (2013), at least 25 women, 6 family members and friends, and 7 men are known to have been murdered as a result of domestic violence in Minnesota. The Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women (MCBW) tracks homicides in which the known or suspected perpetrator was a current or former intimate partner or the homicide is the result of domestic violence between current or former intimate partners. This includes family members, friends, and interveners who are killed as a result of domestic violence being perpetrated. For more information or to view the full report, visit MCBW.
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we are hosting a variety of events in Southwest Minnesota. All events are open to the public. To view our full listing of events, click here.
Fired Up! Survivor Stories of Trauma, Hope & Change Play Coming to Southwest Minnesota November 6
Fired Up is coming to Southwest Minnesota! SAVE THE DATE November 6, 7:00 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN. Fired Up is a staged reading of a play written by Cordelia Anderson along with cast members Michael Frear, Tim Hammond, Guadalupe Lopez, Shanna McCann, Chris Stark, and Stacey Chambers. Fired Up is the story of trauma, resilience, hope, transformation and the burning need to end the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. TICKETS GO ON SALE OCT. 6 @ any Southwest Crisis Center office location. Sponsored by Southwest Crisis Center, New Horizons Crisis Center, and Pathways of West Central Minnesota. For more information, contact the Southwest Crisis Center.
Southwest Crisis Center Seeking Board Members
The Southwest Crisis Center is a nonprofit organization that has provided advocacy services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and their children in Southwest Minnesota since 1984. The mission of our agency is to provide hope, help, and support to victims and survivors in Jackson, Cottonwood, Nobles, Rock, and Pipestone counties. We believe in what we do and feel called and inspired to do it every day. We are seeking others who believe in our mission to join us. We are currently looking for interested individuals to serve a two-year term on our Board of Directors beginning in January of 2014. The Board of Directors meets 6 times per year (including at an Annual Meeting) and members give about 8 hours per month. Members must reside in one of the five counties we serve. For more information or to apply please call Sara Wahl, Executive Director at 507-376-4311 or Jenny Quade, Board Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors Job Description
Minnesota Department of Health Funds Southwest Crisis Center to Coordinate Services for Sexually Exploited Youth
Southwest Minnesota, known for its agriculture and prairie land, is not typically viewed as a place where sexual exploitation of youth is occurring. However, the Southwest Crisis Center (SWCC), a domestic and sexual assault response agency based in Worthington, knew better. They and project partners New Horizons Crisis Center and the Committee Against Domestic Assault applied to host one of eight “regional navigators” to coordinate services for sexually exploited/trafficked youth in the 18 southern and western most counties of Minnesota. In May, the Minnesota Department of Health awarded the Worthington-based non-profit $80,000 to do just that. The grant coincides with the new Safe Harbor Law that went into effect August 1 that treats youth under the age of 18 who engage in prostitution as victims in need of services versus criminals. Furthermore, the funding will assist systems professionals and community members in identifying youth who are being sexually exploited or who are at higher risk for sexual exploitation. Juli Fast, a Southwest Minnesota native, has been hired as the SW Minnesota Regional Navigator and point of contact to help the SWCC and other key stakeholders coordinate a response that better serves youth in light of the new law. Fast will be able to connect youth with trauma-informed resources in their area including housing, basic needs, mental health, chemical health, education, and employment services. In addition, she will work with youth, educators, service providers, law enforcement, and community members on coordinating a trauma-informed response through trainings, protocols, and developing a task force to better serve the needs of youth in the region.
Southwest Minnesota Regional Map
No Wrong Door/Safe Harbor Information
Contact the Southwest Minnesota Regional Navigator
Faces of Hope Banquet
The Faces of Hope banquet took place on April 5, 2014. The Faces of Hope Nominees were (left to right):
Luann Bosma, Pipestone County
Donna Marcy, Cottonwood County
Barb Spaeth, Jackson County
Connie Wieneke, Rock County
Sally & David Benson, Nobles County
Thank you for your support!