Abused Adult Resource Center
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Abused Adult Resource Center
Abused Adult Resource Center
The Abused Adult Resource Center was founded to provide emergency support, crisis intervention, temporary shelter, food, counseling, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence and domestic assault. We work with our clients and their children to help them find a life free from abuse. The mission of the Abused Adult Resource Center is to "assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by establishing and maintaining a program which will provide temporary shelter, crisis intervention, prevention, education, support and hope as a vision to eliminate violence."
Domestic Violence Services
Crisis intervention is a necessary step to breaking the cycle of violence and victimization. Advocates provide emotional support and services to victims of physical, sexual, verbal and emotional abuse through the following services: 24-hour crisis intervention; peer support group; community education; and information and referrals for food, clothing, furniture, medical care, educational training, financial assistance and social services.
Sexual Assault Support Program
Sexual assault is NEVER the victim's fault, no matter what the circumstances. The AARC offers the following confidential service free of charge to victims of sexual assault: 24-hour crisis intervention and advocacy; emergency shelter; support group; individual counseling: information and referral; and educational presentations. (Note: in 1994 the AARC acquired the former Rape Crisis Center.)
Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program was developed to enhance the services available to victims in this region served through AARC’s Sexual Assault Support Program. This program is intended to offer victims of sexual assault compassionate and comprehensive forensic medical examination services through a Coordinated Community Response Team. This team of professionals generally includes a registered nurse trained to collect forensic medical evidence as well as a rape crisis advocate, law enforcement representative and any other responders that are appropriate. The SANE program is operated in collaboration with two Bismarck hospitals — St. Alexius Medical Center and Medcenter One.
Family Safety Center
Implemented in 1992, the Family Safety Center provides supervised visitation and exchange services for families where there has been documented, suspected or elevated risk of physical, sexual or emotional abuse of the child. It provides a safe and neutral place for parents to visit with children who have been put in foster care because of abuse and/or neglect.
The shelter program has been developed for the women and children who are the victims of domestic violence. Pam's House is a temporary community living arrangement that includes a secure environment; 24-hour support system; case management (budgeting, goal-setting, parenting, nutrition); assistance with locating permanent housing, legal and medical needs; assistance for education and employment; activities for children; and support groups for women and children. Pam's House is constantly in need of many household items to keep our house neat, clean and well run.
Criminal Justice Program
Certified domestic violence advocates assist victims experiencing adult abuse, as defined under NDCC 14-07.1-01, with the Protection Order application, courtroom advocacy, court room advocacy, providing emotional support during the protection order hearing, follow-up and referral, assistance with crime victims compensation, and community education presentations.
Seeds of Hope
Established in 1995, Seeds of Hope is a retail gift store located at 520 E. Main Avenue in Bismarck, ND. The store features new and used gift items, household items and some clothing. In addition to raising money to pay for existing programs, the store serves as an employment and job training site for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The women selected for the program are provided the opportunity to develop their personal and professional lives.
Rural Outreach and Advocacy
Implemented in 2002, this program reaches victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in the seven-county rural area served by the AARC. Through the development of Coordinated Community Response Teams in rural communities, victims have access to all services offered through the AARC either through the AARC office in Bismarck or directly in their community’s county seat.
Diane Zainhofsky Hope House
This transitional shelter provides housing and support services for abuse victims and their children who have become homeless because of violence in their lives. Specifically, Hope House serves victims "transitioning" from our emergency shelter but haven't yet been able to locate their own living arrangements. Services provided are similar to those at Pam's House.
Law Enforcement Domestic Violence Advocacy Program
Implemented in 1997, the LEDVA program is a collaborative program between the AARC and the Bismarck and Mandan Police Departments. The LEDVA program works closely with the law enforcement and the court system to assist with protection orders. LEDVAs also provide formal and informal training to police officers on domestic violence and sexual assault issues.
A community group whose members share the desire to prevent domestic and sexual violence in our community.
Family Safety Center (FSC)
provides a safe place for parents to temporarily transfer custody of their children and also provides a safe location where noncustodial parents can visit their children. A supervised visit gives children an opportunity to start building non-violent memories about their parents. The goal of FSC is to reduce the risk factors of children who have been abused or have witnessed abuse in their homes.
Pam's House Children's Activity Program:
Children's lives are frequently disrupted by moves to escape domestic violence. They lose considerable school time, must leave friendships behind, and cannot talk about what is going on in their lives. The goal of the children's activity program is to help remove the barriers that make the children feel "different" or "less accepted" in their new environment. The activities developed include fun, group and individual outings and educational indoor activities.
Peer Support Groups:
Groups for children who have witnessed violence have four major goals: "breaking the secret" of abuse in the children's families, learning to protect oneself, having a positive experience and strengthening self-esteem. Groups are provided based on the predominate issues of those attending.
The AARC provides support for parents through a weekly parent support and education group. Parents are provided an opportunity to learn and develop skills that they currently may not have to give them the ability and knowledge necessary to raise a child. Parents learn how to develop good relationships with their children that will open lines of communication.