Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a fee for CVIC services?
All services for people impacted by violence are completely free. We charge for our New Choices Program for people who have been violent within their intimate relationships, but offer a sliding fee scale based on income.


Does CVIC serve men?
Yes, in fact men and boys comprise about 30% of our all of our direct service programs.


Is there a limit to the amount of services I can receive?
No, it is possible and common to receive more than one service at a time. For example, victims of domestic violence may find refuge in our shelter while receiving therapy and support toward attaining a job or securing affordable housing. They may move into our transitional housing (free housing for up to two years), secure legal services to assist them with protection order hearings or other civil issues, court advocacy if the case against their offender goes to court, or supervised child visitation or exchanges.


How do I access services?
Call us on our 24-hour crisis line at (701) 746-8900 or at our office between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. at (701) 746-0405.


Are services confidential?
CVIC values your privacy and confidentiality. Therefore, distribution of your information will be restricted to parties that you authorize to receive them, as indicated by a signed "Release of Information.” We will strive to keep confidential any information and materials collected and produced by CVIC during the course of providing services to you. There are times, however, under state and federal law that information will be shared, as follows:

  • If we believe that information is necessary for your or another’s safety or the safety
  • of our employees or volunteers.
  • If a court orders us to disclose information.
  • If we know or have reason to believe a child has been abused or neglected.

If you have any questions about our confidentiality policy, please give us a call at (701) 746-0405 or (701) 746-8900.


How can I help a friend or loved one in an abusive relationship?
There are many things you can do to support your friend. Click here for more information.


Why doesn’t the amount of violence decrease?
Violence is decreasing in many areas. Our extensive public awareness efforts have been very successful in not only educating the community, but also in reaching out to those experiencing violence and providing them a way to end the abuse in their lives. It is estimated that at least 8,800 adults and 5,300 children in Grand Forks County have been or are being harmed by domestic or sexual violence, bullying or stalking. Our goal is to reach everyone in need of safety, healing and support, and we are serving more of these individuals every year. These efforts, coupled with our Coordinated Community Response Project and innovative prevention initiatives, will one day make violence in Grand Forks County the exception, and we look forward to the day in which bullying, rape and family violence are things of the past. For more information, see our exciting 2-Generation Plan to End Violence.


How does my donation help?
None of our funding is secure from year to year, and we depend on community support to make up nearly 40% (nearly $1.3 million) of our annual budget. About 23% of our time is spent responding to crises, ensuring the safety of people in immediate danger by providing crisis intervention 24 hours a day, shelter and related services. About 77% of our resources either support adults and children and provide them a permanent way out of violence, such as by providing transitional housing, therapy, court advocacy and related services, or work to prevent violence in our community by educating youth and community members, training professionals and providing treatment to people who have used violence in their intimate relationships. Your support helps immensely in meeting the needs of the community. We simply could not do it without you.


How can I get involved?
We invite community members to get involved! You might start by attending a Break the Silence Tour, providing education about violence in our community and what we at CVIC are doing about it. You may choose to attend our Rise and Shine for Peace Breakfast in May, our largest fundraiser of the year that provides education and inspiring testimonials. Or you may take advantage of a number of opportunities to volunteer at CVIC, or sign up for our publications, including email updates and newsletters, providing information on local violence and ways to be involved.

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