Abused Children programs provide advocacy services to children and youth who have experienced abuse, and their families. Services may include 24-hour crisis line, crisis intervention, group support, legal advocacy, information and referral, transportation, play therapy, assessment interviews, development of protection plans, and parenting information classes. Abused Children programs are housed in community-based non-profit organizations and within various units of local government such as human services.
Child Advocacy Center
Child Advocacy Centers provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team response to allegations of physical and sexual child abuse in a dedicated, child-friendly setting. The team response includes forensic interviews, medical evaluations, therapeutic intervention, victim support and advocacy, case review, and case tracking. These components may be provided by a child advocacy center's staff or by other members of the multidisciplinary team. To the maximum extent possible, components of the team response are provided at the Child Advocacy Center in order to promote a sense of safety and consistency to the child and family.
Domestic Violence Community Advocacy
Domestic Violence Community Advocacy Programs (CAP) provide advocacy services including 24-hour crisis intervention, arrangements for emergency housing and transportation to safety, assistance in pursuing civil, criminal and family court remedies, accompaniment to appointments as appropriate, and coordination of services provided by other agencies. CAP programs also provide information and referral to resources which may include child care, services for children, income maintenance, legal services, food and clothing, medical services, transitional housing resources and social services. CAP programs are housed in community-based non-profit organizations and within various units of local government such as human services.
Domestic Violence Shelter
Domestic Violence Shelter programs provide temporary emergency housing for victims of domestic violence and their children. Shelters provide general advocacy services including 24-hour crisis intervention, arrangements for emergency housing and transportation to safety, accompaniment to appointments as appropriate, assistance in pursuing civil, criminal and family court remedies, and coordination of services provided by other agencies. In addition to general advocacy services, Shelters provide information and referral to resources which may include child care, services for children, income maintenance, legal services, food and clothing, medical services, transitional housing resources and social services.
General Crime programs provide advocacy services to victims of crimes such as burglary, assault, theft, homicide, identity theft, etc. Services include 24-hour crisis intervention, transportation, acting on victims’ behalf with social services or criminal justice agencies, seeking victim compensation benefits, assistance with compensation claims, filing temporary restraining orders, emotional support during trials, and having information available regarding possible legal resources. General Crime programs are housed in community-based non-profit organizations, and local governmental entities such as county attorney offices, police departments, and sheriff’s departments.
Parenting Time Center
Parenting Time Centers (PTC) provide a healthy interactive parenting time and visitation environment for parents who are separated/divorced, court-ordered, and where children are in foster home placement. PTC programs are available for use as a drop-off site, so parents who are under court order to not have contact with each other can exchange children for visitation at a neutral site.
Sexual Assault programs provide advocacy services for victims of sexual assault including 24-hour crisis intervention, short-term emotional support, assistance in securing emergency services, transportation, assistance during medical procedures, assistance during investigations and court activities, group support, and assistance in accessing human/social/family services. Sexual Assault programs are housed in community-based non-profit organizations and local governmental entities such as human services.
Statewide Coalitions are grassroots, membership-based organizations that support the elimination of violence, advocate on behalf of crime victim issues, challenge ideas and attitudes which permit violence to continue, and respond to the needs and concerns of communities through input from its members. Coalitions do not generally provide direct services to victims. Coalition activities help increase the capacity of direct service providers to promote and provide services. The CVGU funds the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the Minnesota Alliance on Crime.