Answers to the most common questions
The Family Violence Center provides housing for individuals and children fleeing abusive situations. We provide personal advocacy, legal advocacy and support while victims recover from trauma.
Our Child Services Center provides group foster care, assessment services and community reintegration for children ages 10-18 who have experienced abuse or neglect.
We are also active in domestic violence and awareness education in schools and within the community.
- Money Management Programming for youth
- Group counseling to discuss healthy relationships
- Child abuse/neglect training
- Health fairs
- Women’s Health Conference
- Student presentations
- Community education
We gratefully accept donations of clothing and household items.
Items go to our Bear Necessities Thrift Store in order to provide affordable clothing for people on the Cheyenne River Indian Reservation.
Also, families who come to us for help are allowed to “shop” there for free to replace clothing and household items they were forced to leave behind when fleeing abusive situations.
The Child Services Center has a license review meeting each year with the South Dakota Department of Social Services. The review includes an evaluation of training provided to staff and care policies and procedures, as well as interviews with clients and personnel.
The domestic violence shelter receives some of its funding through grants from the Federal Government, through the South Dakota Department of Social Services. While our state does not “license” domestic violence shelters, they undergo regular evaluations by the South Dakota Department of Social Services. These evaluations include reviews of policy and procedure to ensure compliance with the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), as well as financial reports. These requirements must be met in order to continue to receive this portion of the funding needed to keep our doors open.
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