All victim services are free and confidential.
At our emergency shelter you will find a safe place to stay and allow time for you to take the next steps towards a life that is free from violence. Our goal is to help you attain a new, safe permanent home.
Medically required service animals are welcome to accompany you to shelter. All other animals can be considered for foster placement with our partnership through the Pennington County Humane Center.
Protection and restraining orders - In some situations, a protection or restraining order may be appropriate. And advocate will assist you in applying for a court order that restricts the abuser’s contact with you. We will help you complete the paperwork and step you through the process, providing legal and emotional support services.
Advocacy - Trained advocates can attend court hearings with you and work with law enforcement, prosecutors, and other agencies on your behalf.
Information – And advocate will ensure you receive information to help you navigate what can be overwhelming criminal justice systems.
Compensation - You may be eligible to receive compensation for expenses resulting from your involvement as a victim or witness of a crime. We will assist you with requests for restitution and crime victim compensation.
Victim Impact Statement – An advocate can help you to complete a statement for the court to consider when you want to share the impact crime has made in your life.
Emotional Support – An advocate can provide support to help you cope with the effects of victimization and the demands of the criminal justice system.
Referrals - As you deal with the effects of crime, additional support may help you heal. We can connect you to community services and resources.
Housing Support – VIP may be able to help you with permanent housing support