Our Services

Services to help you stay safe

Light of Hope Program: Crisis Line 701-746-8900 or toll-free 866-746-8900

  • Crisis intervention: 24-hour crisis line and intervention for adults and children, safety planning and help obtaining assistance from law enforcement. Contact us locally at 746-8900 or toll-free at (866) 746-8900. Please note that you are not responsible for preventing a sexual assault and may not be able to do so, but safety planning may help you to feel safer and more prepared to deal with frightening situations.
  • Shelter: Safe refuge and support through our Light of Hope Shelter.
  • Support groups
    CVIC offers support groups for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and for caregivers whose children have been victims of sexual violence. Groups for children and youth are also available.
  • Protection/restraining orders: Assistance in obtaining court orders that restrict the abuser’s contact with you in cases of domestic violence, stalking and related situations.
  • Legal representation: Legal advocacy and representation in protection order cases, as well as divorce, custody and other civil cases.
  • Community connections: Help to obtain medical attention and community services.
  • Confidential Campus Advisor (UND): 701-777-6550
    A confidential CVIC advisor is available on the University of North Dakota campus to assist students, staff and faculty who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault and to provide options and support. For those who choose to report the incident, if desired, the advisor will support and assist them through the reporting process and accompany them to meetings or hearings throughout the investigation. For students who choose not to report, the advisor will facilitate adjustments and accommodations for classes and housing if needed after experiencing trauma. The CVIC advisor is available to assist with no contact orders on campus and civil protection orders, if appropriate. The advisor also assists faculty and staff with Title IX concerns and may provide options for reporting or accommodations within the university system. The main purpose of the CVIC advisor is to provide confidential options and emotional support to all university affiliates.

    UND Memorial Union Room 262
    Monday 8:00-4:30
    Wednesday 1:00-5:00
    Thursday 8:00-12:00
    Friday 8:00-12:00

Kids First Program: 701-787-5806

  • Supervised visits and exchanges of children: Safe visits between children and caregivers who may be a risk to the adult victim/child’s safety and supervised exchanges to ensure no contact between parents when needed.

Pathways Toward Justice Program: 701-746-0405

  • Criminal Justice Advocacy: Assistance and information for you if the abuser is charged with a crime.


Services to help you heal

Light of Hope Program – 701-746-0405

  • Evidence-based therapy for adults: We provide trauma-informed therapy, including an evidence-based therapy for victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and other crimes. Therapy may help you to manage distressing thoughts and feelings. CVIC provides, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), a powerful technique that has been very successful in helping individuals who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, post-traumatic stress and many other emotional issues. When a person experiences trauma, his or her brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes “frozen in time,” and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells and feelings haven’t changed. EMDR Therapy uses bilateral stimulation, right/left eye movement, or tactile stimulation, which repeatedly activates the opposite sides of the brain, releasing emotional experiences that are “trapped” in the nervous system and activating the natural healing process.
  • Support groups: Support and educational groups for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as parents/caregivers of children who have experienced sexual violence.
  • Therapy for children and teens experiencing sexual violence: We offer the therapy above, as well as trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, group therapy and play therapy, for children and teens harmed by sexual violence.


Services to help you find safe housing and employment

  • Career counseling: Help to identify career and educational goals, complete job applications and resumes, apply to technical colleges or universities and for financial aid, and gain access to employment.
  • Transitional housing: Housing and intensive support toward attaining financial independence for up to two years for individuals and single-parent families who have become homeless because of violence or abuse.
  • Other housing support: Assistance in securing safe and affordable housing.
  • Financial assistance: Help with childcare deposits, utilities, rent and related items.


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