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Shelter: (605) 996-2765 Hotline: (605) 996-4440 Visitation Center: 605-996-8880

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Festival of Trees


Highland Mall
Decorated Christmas Trees and wreaths were on display November 28th-December 5th

Holiday Spirits
Trees were auctioned and raffled on December 5, at the Highland Mall



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Saturday, March 28th 2015

Highland Conference Center

6:30-7:30 social Hour

7:30-9:30 Horse Races

Tickets will soon be available at the Chamber, County Fair and First Dakota

Come and enjoy heavy appetizers, race betting, hat contests, live auctions, and raffle prizes all for a great cause.




FACT: Between 2001 and 2013, 2,014 U.S. soldiers were killed in action in Afghanistan, while during that same time period, approximately 13,140 women in the US were murdered by their batterer. Most were murdered while escaping their batterer or after they left. They asked for help an average of 5-7 times before they were murdered. Source: SD Coalition ending Domestic & Sexual Violence

Did you know that more than 178 domestic abuse criminal charges were filed from July, 2013 to June, 2014 in Davison County? Stand together and be a VOICE.


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Domestic Violence in the Workplace
7 Reasons Employers Should Address Domestic Violence

  1. Domestic violence affects many employees.
  2. Domestic violence is a security and liability concern.
  3. Domestic violence is a performance and productivity concern.
  4. Domestic violence is a health care concern.
  5. Domestic violence is a management issue.
  6. Taking action in response to domestic violence works.
  7. Employers can make a difference.

Training is provided by a team consisting of an attorney, a law
enforcement officer and a victim advocate.
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Domestic Violence
Tears Families Apart

Family Violence is a serious problem that has emerged as one of our nation’s least recognized and most tragic social problems.

Because of the impact domestic violence has on all family members and society, this “private problem” is finally becoming a matter of public concern.

Abuse is found in all socio-economic levels and all educational racial and age groups. Over half of all marriages experience at least one incident of domestic violence but only 10% of these incidents are reported to the police. Violence in the home often results in serious injury.

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Did you know that 12.7 million people are physically abused, raped or stalked by their partners in one year? That’s approximately the population of New York City and Los Angeles combined. Now there’s a new symbol that says NO MORE. Check out on Facebook and at Take the pledge and say NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault.

“It is not your fault…you are not alone!”

The Mitchell Area Safehouse provides emergency or transitional housing for adult victims and their dependent children escaping domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Our trained advocates provide a CONFIDENTIAL support system for victims of abuse.

Family Visitation Center

Children are often caught in the middle of their parents’ problems, especially when there has been a history of abuse. The Family Visitation Center will serve as a comfortable, neutral location for the transfer of children for traditional visitation and on-site visitation.


Volunteers needed to sort and manage donations of clothing and household items.

Volunteers needed to serve as on-call advocates. Primary responsibility is to provide emotional support and referral information to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Advocates carry the hotline cell phone according to the scheduled time (weekends or evenings) and respond to calls during that period.

Advocates must be 21 years of age and in good standing in the community. They need to be able to develop rapport with people quickly, be active listeners and maintain confidentiality at all times.

Twelve hours of training will be provided and back-up staff will be available.


Facilitators needed for a Women’s Support Group and a Children’s Support Group that meet each Thursday at Mitchell Area Safehouse at 7p.m. The groups are open to women and children who have been touched by abuse. The abuse may be physical, emotional, or sexual. The children’s group is for ages 3-11.

The facilitator’s responsibilities are to encourage and respect group member’s feeling and decisions and empower each group member to share their experience and strength in a non-aggressive manner. Facilitators encourage feelings of personal empowerment, aid in developing personal plans for protection and assist in the understanding of patterns and tactics of abusive behavior.

Facilitators must be 21 years of age and in good standing in the community. Twelve hours of training will be provided.

For more information please contact:
Marilyn Haley
Coleen Smith

Shelter: (605) 996-2765  •  Hotline: (605) 996-4440  •  Visitation Center: 605-996-8880

Mitchell Area Safehouse and Family Visitation Center
1809 North Wisconsin, Mitchell, South Dakota 57301