Throughout the history of the AARC we have continued to improve on our ability to provide safety for victims through the growth of our services to meet the needs of our clients. The AARC operates the following programs:
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 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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. .
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.