Violence Intervention Project serves victims of domestic and sexual violence through crisis call response, emergency assistance, advocacy support, shelter, supervised visitation services and other housing support. A trained advocate is available 24 hours a day to listen, help assess needs and safety, and help locate needed resources or help in deciding if reporting a rape or an assault is the right option.
VIP is a community based organization. This means we are here to serve you and your needs. Anything reported or discussed with VIP advocates is kept confidential, and only shared if we have permission from you. We do not share or report to law enforcement, social services or any other “systems” based organization. We leave that decision up to you. We are mandated reporters and comply with MN statutes when appropriate and applicable, but our main concern is supporting you and your needs.
Who do we Serve?
Victims of Crime
Including Victims and Survivors of:
Community Service Professionals & Partners
- Faith Based Organizations
- Hospitals & Mental Health Services
- Judicial Systems
- Legal Aid
- Social Service Agencies
Violence Intervention Services
- Domestic Violence Advocacy – Our advocates can assist clients with emotional support, helping to create a personal safety plan, attending court sessions with or for them, and making referrals to other agencies when needed.
- Sexual Assault Advocacy – Our advocates can be present at a sexual assault exam at an emergency center if desired, and provide support during legal proceedings.
- Emergency Shelter – VIP can shelter up to 10 women and children on a short term basis. Men may be safely lodged for 2 or 3 days in our Safe Hotel/Motel locations. On average, we shelter 6 people per day with grant funding for 4 persons per day.
- Supervised Visitation in Thief River Falls: Parenting Time Center, Umbrella Tree, provides safe exchanges of children, and supervised visits for non-custodial parents. Umbrella Tree is the only parenting time center in our five-county service area.
- HUD Rapid Rehousing – We offer financial assistance for victims relocating to a new rented residence.
- HUD Transitional Housing – Two Transitional Apartments are onsite and families/singles may live up to two years in the apartments.
All advocacy services provided by Violence Intervention Project are free and confidential. For more information, contact an Advocate today!