Domestic Violence Resources

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This week’s blog will include some domestic violence resources.  The soon approaching October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  I will provide information about some programs and contact information for individuals seeking help with or experiencing domestic violence.

The three main agencies to contact in central Minnesota for Domestic Violence are Pearl Crisis Center in Milaca, Anna Maries Alliance in St. Cloud, and The Mille Lacs Band Government Center.

Pearl Crisis Center

P.O. Box 42 Milaca, MN 56353

Office: 1 (320) 982-2901

Domestic Abuse Crisis Line: 1 (800) 933-6914

Sexual Violence Crisis Line: 1 (800) 522-2055

Fax: 1 (320) 982-2814

T.D.D.: 1 (800) 627-3529

Email: pearl@milaca.net

Website: http://www.pearlcrisiscenter.com

Pearl Crisis Center is a non-profit agency located in Milaca Minnesota.  They provide services to all victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Mille Lacs County.  All services are free and confidential.  Their services include:

  • 24 hour crisis line
  • Support services
  • Help you file an order of protection
  • Go to court hearings with you
  • Explain the criminal and civil court process to you
  • Listen to you when you need to talk
  • Accompany you to the hospital
  • Assist you in reporting to the police
  • Supply you with information regarding sexual violence and domestic abuse
  • Provide you with community resources and options
  • Advocate on your behalf
  • Safe emergency housing
  • Support groups
  • Community education
  • Volunteer opportunities

Anna Maries Alliance

P.O. Box 367 St. Cloud, MN 56302

Main Phone: 1 (320) 253-6900

Toll Free: 1 (800) 950-2203

T.T.Y.: 1 (320) 258-3221

Fax: 1 (320) 253-5563

Website: http://www.annamaries.org

Anna Maries Alliance is located in St. Cloud Minnesota.  They provide free and confidential services to victims of domestic abuse throughout six counties in central Minnesota.  The counties include: Sterns, Benton, Sherburne, Wright, Mille Lacs, and Pine.  The services they offer include:

  • Shelter
  • Information & referral
  • Crisis line
  • Support groups
  • Assistance with housing
  • Medical & personal care needs
  • Completion of orders for protection
  • Accompaniment to court
  • Transportation

Other programs and services offered are:

  • Anna Marie’s Shelter: provides 24 hour emergency shelter and has 36 beds that serve’s the six county area.
  • Jill Eckhoff Transitional Housing: Offers women a stabilization time for themselves and children.  This is a 11 bed facility.
  • Children and Youth Services: provide services to children who have witnessed violence.
  • Criminal Justice Intervention: Advocates respond to victims of domestic abuse after an arrest in Sterns and Benton County.
  • Community Education: Members of Anna Maries are able to present or provide professional training on issues of domestic abuse.
  • Volunteer Services: Help assist with Anna Marie’s Alliance programs.

The Mille Lacs Band Government Center

43408 Oodena Drive
Onamia, MN 56359
Phone: 1 (320)-532-4181
Fax: (320)-532-7505
Jamie.Edwards@millelacsband.com

The Mille Lacs Band Government Center provides services to the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe.  They have a program called the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Family Violence Prevention Program that helps victims of domestic violence and is a free and confidential.  The services they provide are:

  • 24 hour crisis line after hours and weekends 1 (866) 867-4006
  • One on one advocacy
  • Legal advocacy
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Information and referrals
  • A supportive staff
  • Support groups
  • Transportation

Contact Numbers For the Program

Domestic violence community advocate
District I Mille Lacs
17222 Ataage Drive
Office: 1 (800)-709-6445, ext 4780
Cell: (320)-630-2691

Domestic violence community advocate
District II East Lake
ALU office 106
Office: (218)-768-4412
Cell: (320)-630-2678

Domestic violence community advocate
District III Hinkley
502 Weber Ave., office 113
Office: (320)-384-7400
Cell: (320)-630-2676

Family Violence Prevention Program administrator
District I
Office: (320)-532-7793
Cell: (320)-630-2499

Sexual assault
Cell: (320)-630-2426

Women’s Shelter
Office: (320)-495-3514

Criminal Justice Intervention

(320) 352-7875

Other resources and numbers to use for domestic abuse help:

  • Minnesota Statewide Hotline: 1 (866) 223-1111
  • National Hotline: 1 (800) 799-safe (7233) or TDD: 1 (800) 787-3224 (offered in both English & Spanish)
  • Minnesota Victim Information & Notification Everyday (VINE): 1 (877) 664-8463
  • Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women: They do not provide direct services but if you go to their webpage http:// http://www.mcbw.org/#!local-programs/c20wq, you can pick your counties category and look up programs for victims of domestic abuse.

The Safe at Home Program is an address confidentiality program available for eligible Minnesota residents.  The program forwards your mail to a post office box in St. Paul managed by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State.  The mail is then picked up by Safe at Home staff and mailed to participant’s real addresses.  Mail that will not be forwarded are such things as periodicals, magazines, newspapers, and packages that are not clearly marked that they are coming from a government agency, or clearly identifiable pharmaceuticals.   This is a free service and the length of enrollment is four years.  You must fill out an application with a Safe at Home Application Assistant who has been trained about the application process.  I know that Pearl Crisis Center has a Safe at Home Application Assistant.

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog!  I hope by providing these resources it will help more people to know about them and use them.  If you have any further questions, concerns, suggestions or comments you can email me at jmaescherer@gmail.com and I’ll try to answer or take them into consideration. Thanks and have a good one!

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