CVIC: Volunteer with one phone to staff of 80 professionals
Agency grows to comprehensive safety, healing, education center serving thousands every year
Incorporated in 1980, today CVIC employs nearly 80 professionals and annually serves about 3,000 adults and children who have been impacted by domestic and sexual violence, dating violence, stalking, and other personal crimes.
Opened as Adult Abuse Community Service for survivors of domestic violence.
Expanded to support survivors of sexual assault
Launched the first group for men using violence at home. Now known as New Choices, this program expanded significantly in 1996 and today has programs for men and women.
Expanding to meet community needs
This was a decade of growth and collaboration, marked by an historic flood which destroyed our office in 1997.
Started a court and criminal justice advocacy program for victims of all personal crimes that today serves more than 1,000 people annually.
The first therapy group for children living in homes with violence was provided.
The Domestic Violence Task Force was initiated to provide a community-wide focus for domestic violence
The Coordinated Community Response Project started, now involving more than 15 regional agencies working together to enhance safety for victims of violence.
Developing foundation for growth
On the heals of a successful $1.95 million capital campaign, CVIC recovered from the devastation of the Flood of 1997 to expand office space and services for the greater Grand Forks community.
Our first emergency shelter for women and children opened.
We began providing transitional housing for people homeless because of violence.
The Legal Assistance to Victims Program started, providing representation in protection order and other civil cases.
Our prevention & education program started. Today, our team educates more than 15,000 youth in 15 school districts with information and tools to build healthy relationships.
Collaborating to address, end violence
We received a number of national awards and were recognized for excellence in program delivery and nonprofit fiscal stewardship. The flagship project of this decade was the Safer Tomorrows Project, a multi-agency endeavor to end childhood exposure to violence and the precursor to our Safer Tomorrows Road Map.
Safer Tomorrows Project began with key partners and 28 schools working to prevent childhood exposure to violence.
Key services in the school provided through the project included therapy and expanded healthy relationship education.
The Sexual Assault Response Team was launched to provide a trauma-informed response to victims of sexual violence.
The Lethality Assessment Program was initiated, with law enforcement assessing danger and linking victims at risk of lethality directly to CVIC at the scene of a domestic violence incident.
We built and opened our current emergency shelter, Mary’s Place, after a successful $3.1 million capital campaign.
The Safer Tomorrows Road Map launched.
In collaboration with Grand Forks County District Court, we launched the state’s first domestic violence court.
After 28 years with CVIC (23 as president & CEO), Kristi-Hall Jiran left the organization for new opportunities in the region, leaving behind a stable, balanced organization.
We “hired” therapy dog, Louie, to help children heal more quickly from their trauma due to violence.
Coiya Tompkins began serving the organization as its new president/CEO.
When a nationwide pandemic gripped our region, CVIC quickly pivoted, implementing a comprehensive tele-services delivery model to ensure victims and clients had access to safety and healing services. We were the first in the state to offer virtual supervised visitation services and also provided violence intervention programming virtually.