Our History

In the beginning

  • Incorporated in 1980 as Adult Abuse Community Service, Inc. through the efforts of a few women, aided by a local judge and a business that generously allowed its secretary to answer crisis calls with a separate phone line at her desk
  • Offered basic crisis services and safe homes for victims of domestic violence, expanding services to include victims of sexual assault in 1982 and offenders in 1988 to help them end their violence at home (now New Choices)

Service expansion to holistically meet needs of community

  • Court advocacy program for victims of crime (now Pathways Toward Justice)
  • First support group for children (now Bright Futures)
  • Initiation of the Domestic Violence Task Force and Coordinated Community Response Project, now a nationally recognized project involving 13 local agencies working to improve our response to domestic and sexual violence
  • Successful $1.95 million capital campaign to initiate new programs and build new offices after the 1997 Flood destroyed our former office space
  • Important services begun as a result of the capital campaign ending in 1999: Light of Hope Shelter, Wishing Well Child Visitation Program (now Kids First), expanded children’s services and career counseling services
  • Prevention and Education Program, providing training and education, and the DELTA Project, working to prevent youth violence by using innovative curricula such as How to Avoid Dating a Jerk/ette and Friendships That Work
  • Hope Transitional Housing Project for single-parent families homeless because of violence
  • Legal Assistance to Victims Program, providing representation in protection order and other civil cases

Collaboration and Innovation

  • Recognized by the national Battered Women’s Justice Project as a ‘Promising Practice in Domestic Violence’ for CVIC’s computerized data tracking system in the multi-agency Coordinated Community Response Project
  • Recipient of 2011 Impact Foundation’s Seal of Distinction for excellence in nonprofit management and leadership
  • Initiated and spearhead the multi-agency Safer Tomorrows Project to end childhood exposure to violence, sharing key leadership with the City of Grand Forks, Grand Forks Public Schools and Lutheran Social Services of ND
  • Winner of the 2013 Bush Foundation Prize for Innovation
  • Winner of the 2016 Mary Byron Foundation's Celebrating Solutions Award for local innovations that demonstrate promise in breaking the cycle of intimate partner violence (1 of 3 awarded nationally)
  • Expanded supportive housing for people facing homelessness because of violence
  • Successful Building Hope Campaign that raised $3.1 million to create a new shelter, Mary's Place
  • Evidence-based Lethality Assessment Program to increase safety for domestic violence victims
  • Sexual Assault Response Team to improve coordination of services for sexual assault victims
  • Community Action Team to raise awareness of and prevent sexual violence
  • Safer Tomorrows Road Map launched, a research-based plan to significantly reduce violence through prevention education at the schools, evidence-based therapy to help traumatized children to heal and build resiliency, and safety for all people in danger
  • After 28 years with CVIC (23 as president & CEO), Kristi-Hall Jiran left the organization in 2018 for new opportunities in the region, leaving behind a stable, balanced organization.
  • In July 2019, Coiya Tompkins began serving the organization as its new president & CEO. "I am reminded daily of the power of our day-to-day efforts and the importance of what is left to accomplish. I feel fortunate to work alongside a leading team of trail blazers and partners who are actively working to alter the face of violence in our community.”
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