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Balanced Beginnings is One Year Old!
In 2021 DVCC took on the domestic violence offender treatment due to the closure of Lutheran Social Services. It is now, one year along and we can say we have learned a lot from our partners across the state doing this work. The Balanced Beginnings Men’s program utilizes a curriculum that creates a dialogue around the power and control and equality wheels. Participants are provided education regarding the effects of abusive behavior, and factors that contribute to the use of violence, and discussions are held regarding beliefs and personal behaviors that encourage building relationships based on respect, trust, and nonviolence. This is different from anger management programs. Domestic Violence Intervention Programs are deliberate and purposeful interventions that are designed to interrupt the cycle of violence and abuse with intimate partner violence. Classes are specific and structured to adhere to well-researched best practices. It does not focus on saving relationships, but rather on ending abusive and violent behavior.
We have provided 24 intakes during this year and had 2 people complete their court-required classes. Our goal is to provide education to end abusive behavior patterns.
Domestic Violence Crisis Center Meets The Challenge
For 43 years, the Domestic Violence Crisis Center has been providing increasingly innovative and comprehensive services to victims and their families in our service area including Minot and the four counties served of Ward, Renville, McHenry and Pierce. DVCC provides services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and trafficking.
The flood of 2011 was devastating for many, but for those who were in need of DVCC services it was an extreme hardship. At this time, DVCC was forced to temporarily close its shelter and office and lost the two apartment buildings that were housing families transitioning to their new beginnings away from violence. DVCC accepted the biggest challenge of their history; to build a campus where all services could be provided at one, centralized location. This was an innovative idea allowing victims and their families to be safer than when the services were at 4 separate locations scattered throughout the community. A true continuum of care for victims has been created by DVCC.
DVCC took on the project to build the “New Beginning” Campus. While this project was needed, it also required significant funding. DVCC had many donors from the community as well as several grants to support a large part of the project, but it was still necessary to complete the project to take out a significant debt in the form of a construction loan. This loan created the largest debt that DVCC had ever faced. In addition, DVCC continued to provide record numbers of services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and human trafficking.
DVCC was given a challenge by Roger and Michelle Tollefson and Mark Tollefson in memory of his wife, Lori Tollefson. This extremely generous family pledged to give a donation of $250,000 each towards the existing construction loan if DVCC raised the remaining balance of $165,000. The funds would pay off the construction loan in full. It’s through community actions like this that change can actually take place, and this is one of those moments when everyone in the community was given the opportunity to make a difference.
On October 17, 2016, DVCC celebrated the completion of the Tollefson Challenge. Enough funds were raised with pledges to pay off the construction loan. DVCC is grateful to the Tollefson family for providing this wonderful opportunity and to the Minot Community for the financial contributions to meet the challenge. DVCC is truly blessed by this outpouring of support.