CVIC program honored with NDANO award

Partnership Award Photo
Grand Forks Police Department Chief Mark Nelson; Grand Forks County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Kelly McLean; Vice President of Prevention, Education and Intervention Kari Kerr; Director of Community Response Jennifer Albert.

CVIC’s Coordinated Community Response Program (CCR) is this year’s recipient of the North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations (NDANO) Partnership Building Award.

The award is presented to a nonprofit, for-profit business, government agency, or educational institution that has demonstrated community leadership and built partnerships within the North Dakota nonprofit sector.

The award will be presented during the Virtual Nonprofit Leadership Conference on May 26.

“Our community partnerships set us apart from other similar organizations and are truly making an impact in our efforts to end violence,” said Director of Community Response Jennifer Albert. “We are so fortunate at CVIC and in greater Grand Forks to share common goals and a vision for getting there. Being recognized for this collaborative effort is exciting and humbling.” 

Our CCR Program has partnered with law enforcement for more than 25 years to elevate their response to domestic violence and sexual assault reports. The partnership has improved service to victims and provided education and training to the community.

In 2019, 79 percent of victims of domestic and sexual violence were referred to CVIC by first responders. Prior to implementation of the Lethality Assessment Protocol screenings, only 43 percent of victims referred actually received services. Thanks to this partnership, since 2016 more than 500 people have been screened by law enforcement and identified at risk of high lethality with 200 accessing CVIC services for the first time.