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.
Purpose: To increase awareness of sexual violence and to reduce its occurrence in our area.
Accomplishments: Initiated in 2014 and spearheaded by CVIC, the team has:
Team members: Altru Hospital, Prevention Dept. • CVIC • Grand Forks Air Force Base, Family Advocacy Program, Sexual Assault Prevention & Response Program • UND Counseling Department, Dean’s Office, Health and Wellness Center, Social Work Department, Women’s Center • Greater Grand Forks Young Professionals • community members.
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:
Team members: Altru Health System • CVIC • 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.
Purpose: To improve the safety of victims of domestic violence and their children.
Accomplishments: This evidence-based program was initiated in January 2015:
Team members: CVIC • Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Department • Grand Forks Police Department • Northwood Police Department • University of North Dakota Police Department.
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:
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.
Purpose: To reduce or end childhood exposure to violence, including domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, child abuse/neglect, bullying, and other forms of violence.
Accomplishments: Initiated in 2011 after a year-long community needs and resources assessment involving listening sessions, interviews, surveys and town hall meetings with 130 urban and rural youth, parents, traditionally underserved individuals, violence survivors, and professionals, we collaboratively developed a vision and a plan to significantly reduce and end childhood exposure to violence. Key accomplishments (among many) include:
Team members: City of Grand Forks • CVIC • Grand Forks Public Schools • Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota • 40 additional organizations and schools in Grand Forks County.
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 coordinated responses to cases of child maltreatment and make joint recommendations regarding criminal investigation, child protection and prosecution.
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.