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

Community Action Team

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:

  • Completed a readiness assessment and received training to build our prevention capacity.

  • Hosted community awareness and prevention events.

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.



Coordinated Community Response 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: 1,054 law enforcement reports, 226 prosecuted cases, and 245 sentencing hearings were entered into our system.

  • Increased conviction rate: The conviction rate in domestic violence cases climbed from 65% in 2005 to 80% in 2014.

  • 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 72% in 2014.

  • 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 55% in 2014.

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.



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.

  • New protocols implemented: Law enforcement now 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.



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.

  • 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.



Safer Tomorrows Project

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:

  • Prevention Education in Grand Forks County Schools: Nearly 10,000 students each year in all public and parochial schools in the county receive evidence-based violence prevention and healthy relationship curricula, with most of the training provided by trained teachers and coaches. Early results show incredible progress, with students taking school-wide surveys in 2012 and 2014 indicating:
    • 31% drop in 4th-12th-grade students reporting bullying.
    • 46% decrease in 9th-12th-grade students reporting sexual assault.

  • Innovative Interventions:
    • Therapy: Children and youth traumatized by violence are provided evidence-based therapies at CVIC offices or at area schools to increase access.
      • 200% increase in kids receiving therapy over four years.
      • 97% of kids surveyed increased use of healthy coping skills and improved emotional well-being.

    • Restorative Justice: In 2014 alone, 1,170 local youth met with a trained facilitator to discuss or address situations that cause harm in which restoring relationships may help to create a safer school climate.

    • Traditionally underserved populations:
      • Increased services for children and families in rural areas.
      • Made progress toward establishing a referral source of ceremonial healers to work with local therapists when clients prefer traditional healing.
      • Developed an interpreter resource list for New Americans.

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.



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.

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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