Collaborative Projects

We are privileged to live in a community with a rich history of collaboration, where organizations from education to healthcare to the criminal justice system join together to offer their energy and expertise to tackle problems and create a safer, healthier community.

Projects spearheaded by CVIC

Coordinated Community Response (CCR) Project

Purpose: To improve the way the criminal justice system and community respond to domestic and sexual violence. All cases of domestic and sexual violence are tracked through the system, trends are identified, and professionals dialogue and participate in training to improve our response.

Accomplishments: In addition to initiating the Lethality Assessment Program and Sexual Assault Response Team in 2015 (see below), recent accomplishments include:

  • Vital information tracked: 1,240 law enforcement reports, 264 prosecuted cases, and 311 sentencing hearings were entered into our system in 2017.

  • Increased conviction rate: The conviction rate in domestic violence cases climbed from 65% in 2005 to 86% in 2017.

  • Children are safer: Law enforcement responding to 911 calls increased reports of child abuse or neglect from 30% of reports that noted child witnesses in 2002 to 51% in 2017.

  • More offenders ordered into New Choices: Defendants convicted and ordered into CVIC’s offender treatment program increased from 23% of offenders sentenced in 2006 to 52% in 2017.

Team members: Altru Health System • City of Grand Forks • CVIC • Global Friends Coalition • Grand Forks County Correctional Center, Sheriff’s Department, Social Service Center’s Child Protective Services, States Attorney’s Office • Grand Forks Police Department and Public Safety Answering Point (911) • ND Parole and Probation • Northeast Central Judicial District Court • Northwood Police Department • UND Police Department • Valley Community Health Centers.



CCR's Lethality Assessment Program

Purpose: To improve the safety of victims of domestic violence and their children.

Accomplishments: This evidence-based program was initiated in January 2015:

  • Training on evidence-based protocols: 135 law enforcement officers and 26 advocates and crisis volunteers were trained. In 2017, 93 law enforcement officers received a refresher training, along with new advocates.

  • New protocols implemented: Law enforcement assess danger levels at the scene and immediately connect victims at risk of lethality with safety services.

  • More are served: Significant increases in people accessing CVIC’s 24-hour crisis line and obtaining shelter and other safety services.

Team members: CVIC • Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department • Grand Forks Police Department • Northwood Police Department • University of North Dakota Police Department.



CCR's Sexual Assault Response Team

Purpose: To effectively respond to victims of sexual assault by compassionately addressing victims’ trauma, improving forensic evidence collection, and coordinating follow through.

Accomplishments: This effort was initiated in March 2015:

  • Training: The team received training on best practice protocols. In 2017, 91 law enforcement officers received training on the SART response.

  • Implementation: Members began responding as a team to sexual assault victims in the emergency room and other locations.

Team members: Altru Health System Emergency Department • CVIC • Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department • Grand Forks Police Department • Northwood Police Department • University of North Dakota Police Department.



Green Dot

Purpose: To educate and equip community members to both intervene in potentially harmful situations and to proactively foster a safe community.

Accomplishments: Initiated in 2017 and spearheaded by CVIC, the team has received training and is working on expanding Green Dot into the community.

Team members: Community members and business people.


Safer Tomorrows Road Map

Purpose: To virtually end violence in Grand Forks County in two generations.

Accomplishments: Building upon a collaborative project begun in 2011, the Safer Tomorrows Road Map has made tremendous progress in safety, healing and education to end violence.

Team members: Grand Forks County schools • law enforcement • health and human service providers • investors and community members



Other great collaborations
involving CVIC and other agencies

Community Agency Networking Association

Purpose: To work on the problems of poverty and homelessness in our community by encouraging cooperation among service organizations, educational systems, businesses and individuals in the Greater Grand Forks/East Grand Forks area.


Purpose: To provide advocacy and prevention services to students who are victims of domestic violence, sexual assault or other sexual violence. CVIC is proud to partner with UND, working together to provide a confidential advisor as well as a prevention specialist on campus to assist students.  See more at:


Red River Valley Children’s Advocacy Center Multi-Disciplinary Team

Purpose: To provide coordinated responses to cases of child maltreatment and make joint recommendations regarding criminal investigation, child protection and prosecution.

UND Committee on Sexual Violence Prevention

Purpose: In collaboration with community leaders and service providers, assess and improve campus policies, prevention programs, and response services dealing with sexual misconduct to include but is not limited to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking and related acts. Assist in meeting University responsibilities as they relate to Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

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