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October is Domestic Violence Awarness Month


  • Unity Day Oct. 6th
  • Health cares about DV day Oct. 8th
  • Wear Purple Day Oct. 17th


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Festival of Trees

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

Holiday Spirits
December 5, Highland Mall
Social Hour:  6-7pm
Live Auction: 7pm

I am a person, so treat me like you.
Don’t hurt me, abuse me or embarrass me too.
I think and feel and will speak out-
If someone does hurt me,
I’ll stand and shout!

People with disabilities experience domestic/sexual assault at higher rates than people who do not have disabilities
One of the problems that people with disabilities face is difficulty leaving an abusive relationship

People who experience forms of disabilities may face limited options where escaping from the abusive relationship is concerned. The resources they have available to maintain independence and autonomy are many times exploited and controlled by the abuser. Survivors of abusive relationships with disabilities, when asked how an abuser, “used their disability against them,” presented an extensive list of the tactics used against them. Abusers maintain power over a person with a disability through control of things such as:

  • Medications
  • Mobility aids/medical equipment
  • Access to telephone/communication equipment
  • Disability services such as social workers/case managers
  • Finances that are often being appointed as a person’s legal payee
  • Access to family members and friends who provide needed support

The tactics abusers use against people with disabilities commonly exploits social bias, stigma and misinformation. People with disabilities have reported hearing comments from abusers such as:

  • “No one will believe you , you are crazy”
  • “I will tell them you get nutty when you don’t take your medications”
Studies that have been conducted make it clear that there is a much higher than average risk of sexual abuse for people living with disabilities. In general, people with disabilities experience both domestic and sexual violence at higher rates than people who do not have a form of disability.

What can we do?

Perhaps the most important aspect of addressing sexual assault against persons with disabilities is a committed effort to prevent such assaults from occurring in the first place. Preventing sexual assault must include more than mere avoidance techniques or behavioral changes on the part of potential victims.

Comprehensive prevention of sexual assault incorporates education in forms of oppression, social norms, sexist behaviors and internet safety. Educating the community about the roots of sexual violence will provide tools for individuals to change attitudes and behaviors that will bring about a safer community and ultimately prevent sexual assault.

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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