Enhancing the System’s Response to Domestic Cases in North Dakota Training

ND Supreme Court in collaboration with National Council of Juvenile and Family Court (NCJFCJ) are excited to bring Enhancing the System’s Response to Domestic Cases in North Dakota Training.

 The training will be split into two sessions (see the attached invite too)

Monday, November 21 for judges and referees only – ND Capitol

Tuesday, November 22 for judges and multi-disciplinary professional – Radisson Inn, Bismarck

Deadline to register is November 1, 2016 – Limited space!

The training topics include:

  • Exercises to assess batterers behavior
  • Impact of violence on victims and children
  • Civil  and criminal systems’ response
  • Ethics
  • Decision-making regarding full faith and credit and ordering supervised visits and offender treatment

Recommended audience: district judges, justices, referee/magistrates, law students, prosecutors, defense attorneys, law enforcement, advocates, socials services, child protective services, guardian ad litem, custody investigators,  parenting coordinator or mediator, offender treatment program staff, probation, juvenile court personnel, supervised visitation staff.

Continuing Education Credits are approved for the following:

  • Continuing Judicial Education
  • Social Work CEU’s
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE)
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“This is not something we can ignore.”

A presidential candidate’s recent comments about sexually assaulting women exposes what needs to change in our culture in order to end sexual violence. Bragging or joking about sexual violence feeds into a culture where sexual assault is normalized and deemed acceptable. This concept is nothing new, by definition rape culture is the very idea of being surrounded by images, language and other occurrences that not only allows but justifies sexual violence. It means that we are continually being exposed to all forms of media and content that sexualizes and trivializes violence, especially toward women and girls.

To dismiss these comments as “locker room talk” is an insult to boys and men. CAWS North Dakota encourages nonviolent relationships and promotes social change. We echo First Lady Michelle Obama’s statement “This is not something we can ignore.”

The National Sexual Assault Hotline had a 33% increase in online sessions since the comments were aired. Sexual Assault affects all of us. Every two minutes someone becomes a victim of sexual assault in the United States.

We all can help prevent sexual violence. We need to let those in power, as well as those around us know that this is not acceptable. Stand up, intervene, say something when you hear “locker room talk.”

Abuse Resource Network seeking Direct Services Coordinator for Ransom and Sargent Counties

The Abuse Resource Network of Ransom and Sargent Counties is looking for a Direct Services Coordinator 32 hours a week between the hours of 8:30-4:30pm, Monday-Friday).  Some on-call evenings/weekends.  Some travel and overnight training required.  Must have valid driver’s license.  Background check will be conducted.


Duties include but not limited to:

Provide crisis intervention, emotional support and case management to victims; arrange emergency shelter and supportive services; assist in filing for protection orders; conduct outreach through public speaking and other means; support decision making process of clients. Monthly Stats and quarterly reimbursement of grants put into database.

Must maintain strict confidentiality in accordance with state law and maintain positive relationships with law enforcement and court personnel.



  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience and ease working with a diverse population of clients
  • Ability to handle crisis situations with sensitivity and assertiveness
  • Ability to work as a team, as well as independently and take initiative
  • Flexibility and ability to prioritize job responsibilities
  • Ability to relate with children
  • Non-judgmental
  • Ability to separate your own emotions from those of victims
  • Ability to stay calm in high-stress situations
  • Must respect and maintain strict confidentiality
  • Dependable

Please send resume to: Liz Anderson, Executive Director

Abuse Resource Network – PO Box 919 – Lisbon, ND 58054




Job Open until filled

Pay – DOE

First Nations Women’s Alliance is seeking to hire an Executive Director

The First Nations Women’s Alliance is seeking to hire an Executive Director. The Executive Director is responsible for overseeing the ND domestic violence/sexual assault tribal coalition. This includes ongoing program development, including maintaining nonprofit organizational status; working with a board of directors; serving as primary representative of FNWA on tribal, statewide, and national levels; overseeing the budget and finances; personnel management; and policy development.

Candidates must have a minimum five years of experience in management and program development in a tribal domestic violence agency and experience working with both tribal and non-tribal entities that are focused on domestic violence intervention and prevention.

The position is full-time with a generous benefit package. The position is Exempt.  The office location is in Devils Lake, ND.For more information, please call FNWA Board President Sadie Young Bird-Barusto 1-701-627-4171, current Director Linda Thompson 1-701-662-3380, or email questions:  fnwa08@gmail.com. Click here to view job listing.

Interested parties may review a complete job description upon request before application deadline July 18. To apply for this position, submit a completed application, resume, and cover letter to:

First Nations Women’s Alliance

103 North College Drive, #3

Devils Lake, ND 58301

CAWS North Dakota announces position on Marsy’s Law

CAWS North Dakota announced opposition toward the proposed Marsy’s Law amendment today. Alongside CAWS North Dakota, a group of victims’ advocates and County State’s Attorneys held a press conference in Bismarck to outline concerns with the proposed state constitutional amendment.


According to CAWS North Dakota’s Executive Director Janelle Moos, victims have multi-faceted needs and a “one size fits all” approach doesn’t work as outlined in Marsy’s Law. This pre-packaged constitutional amendment is not geared towards what’s best for victims in North Dakota.


CAWS North Dakota stands with other partners committed to improving access to and promoting the rights of victims currently outlined in state law. Victim service providers and their partners are well positioned to work together to create policies, language and implementation strategies tailored to the needs of victims in our state.


“We believe there will be unintended consequences about the unknown impact on an already overwhelmed system with additional requirements without additional resources. Constitutional measures, although well intentioned are often not clearly defined until litigation (case law), making it difficult to modify or implement.  For example, such possible litigation over defining who is a victim may create disadvantages because it could limit or frustrate successful resolution to victims of crime,” said Moos.


CAWS North Dakota has been advocating for the rights of victims by building institutional relationships and helping shape public policy since the late 1970’s. In 1987, under the leadership of CAWS North Dakota, the organization joined other states in passing 21 bills that created broad protections for all victims of crime often referred to as the victim’s “fair treatment standards”. (NDCC 12.1-34). Under this statute victims and witnesses are afforded 18 rights including the right to be notified of the status of the investigation and whether criminal charges have been filed, to be notified of pre-trial release, to be present and participate in court proceedings, to be informed of services available, to be protected from the release of any identifying information, and the right to submit a victim impact statement.


North Dakota has a rich history of collaborative problem-solving through organizational, administrative and legislative processes that date back to 1979 when the first domestic violence statute was passed.  This process has allowed time for discussion, negotiation and transparency in creating language and consensus to bring forward change that benefits victims.



Applicants sought for Domestic Violence Crisis Center Executive Director Program





Responsible for the mission, vision, strategic direction, and overall operations of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center, providing organizational leadership with an emphasis on growth of services and programs through fundraising and grants, public education and awareness, personnel and program management. Maintain client confidentiality in accordance with the laws of the State of North Dakota and consistent with the program personnel policies.





  • Responsible for budgeting, financial planning, allocation of funds, and fiscal management.
  • Oversee coordination of grant services, including but not limited too; grant applications, reports, reimbursement requests and data management.


  • Report to the board concerning program activities and client services, prepare written monthly statements to the board and assist the Executive committee in coordination/planning for board meetings.
  • Planning, execution, and control of the programs and services, and for implementing the goals outlined by the Board of Directors.
  • Administrative liaison between the staff and the Board of Directors and to provide representation of the staff at the Board and Committee meetings.
  • Acts as or delegates staff representation on Foundation Board
  • Acts as contract manager for the Family Crisis Center
  • Provide new board orientation


  • Responsible for the hiring, supervision, training, development, evaluation, and termination of staff in conjunction with supervisors.
  • Conducts regular staff meetings to keep the staff informed as to the progress of programs and to keep the lines of communication open.
  • Collect and approve time sheets of designated staff


  • Develop and maintain a process for regular program review with board, staff and clients: regularly review client forms and procedures with staff.
  • Evaluate and enhance DVCC’s programs based on client data, financial resources, staffing and community needs.
  • Act as contract manager for Family Crisis Center
  • Develop, implement, and maintain program procedures and handbook.


  • Be the primary representative of DVCC with the public by developing and maintaining contact with the community through public education and strategic networking.
  • Serve as DVCC’s official representative to the North Dakota Council on Abused Women’s Services, Coalition against Sexual Assault in North Dakota, and other relevant committees.
  • Develop and foster strong working relationships with government and community agencies, human services professionals, law enforcement, volunteers and other key constituents.
  • Responsible for all media resources and external communications.
  • Develop public awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking issues primarily in North Dakota, but also on a national level, and an awareness of the programs.
  • Research, development, and implementation of an annual operation budget and audit.





Requires a Bachelor’s degree in a Human Service related field with administration experience and at least 10 years’ experience in increasingly responsible roles in non-profit leadership. Master’s degree preferred. Must have demonstrated management, supervision, public relations, fundraising, and human service skills and experience. Understanding of and strong commitment to the mission, goals, and services of the Domestic Violence Crisis Center are essential.


The above responsibilities are intended to describe the general nature of work performed.  They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

Apply at:


DVCC Office

PO Box 881

Minot, ND 58702 Or


Closing Date: April 30.

National Network to End Domestic Violence releases annual statistics

For the 10th annual year, on September 16, 2015 the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) conducted a one-day unduplicated count of adults and children seeking domestic violence service in the United States. This census documents the number of individuals who sought services in a single 24-hour period.

On that day in North Dakota there were 14 unmet requests for services. Programs reported, that in addition to housing and emergency shelter, services they were unable to provide were legal representation and financial assistance.

“The demand for services remains steady. The need for safe, accessible emergency and long shelter for victims and their children has and will continue to be our priority. Without that many victims are left with two choices homelessness or staying in the violent relationship.” said Janelle Moos, CAWS North Dakota’s Executive Director.

In North Dakota there was 19 staff positions eliminated in the past year. All of these positions were direct services, such as shelter or legal advocates. In 2014, 11 staff positions were eliminated.

Across the country, there were 12,197 unmet requests for services on that day, of which 63% were for housing. The most frequently requested nonresidential services that could not be provided were housing advocacy, legal representation and financial assistance. This is an increase from last year’s 10,871 unmet requests for services.

According to NNEDV, the increased attention to domestic violence across the country has led to an increase in demand for victim services. At the same time, many of these programs are experiencing stagnant or reduced funding, which limits their ability to serve more victims.

“Victims and their children are the ones who suffer the consequences when services are not available, and often have no choice but to return to the abuse. Again and again in the Census responses, we read about a survivor who needed help but couldn’t get it. It is simply unacceptable for victims to be turned away at their time of greatest risk,” said Kim Gandy, NNEDV President and CEO.

In the 24-hour survey period in the United States there were 71,828 victims served and 21,332 local and state hotline calls answered by staff.

In North Dakota 300 victims were served on this day. A total of 129 domestic violence victims (65 children and 64 adults) found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs. There were 171 adults and children who received non-residential assistance and services, including counseling, legal advocacy and children’s support groups, as well as 95 hotline calls answered.

According to NNEDV, out of 1,894 identified domestic violence programs in the United States 1,752 participated in the 2015 National Census of Domestic Violence Services. In North Dakota 20 out of 20 identified local domestic violence programs participated.
For more information about these statistics or the complete count, go to nnedv.org/census.

Job Listing – Human Trafficking Navigator

North Dakota needs your support! Human trafficking is a reality in North Dakota and YOU can make a difference.


The North Dakota Human Trafficking Task Force, in partnership with the Domestic Violence Crisis Center (“DVCC”) (Minot, ND), is seeking an experienced professional who is responsible for assisting trafficking victims in accessing services and serving as regional experts for communities. The Navigator will serve as a point of contact for those working with trafficking victims, or those looking to receive training to learn more about human trafficking. The Navigator will also work as part of a dynamic statewide team, providing training and technical assistance on human trafficking.


The Western ND Human Trafficking Navigator will be employed by the Domestic Violence Crisis Center and will be based in Minot, ND. The Navigator will provide referral and supportive case management services, education and community outreach, and development of, or training and technical assistance for, local multi-disciplinary teams in their region. In state travel is required.


* This is a full-time position with benefits.

* Pay is commensurate with experience.

* Travel is required.


Recommended skills/experience: Advocacy or case management for victims of commercial sexual exploitation, sexual abuse/assault, domestic violence or labor exploitation. Proficiency in public speaking, collaboration, complex problem solving and meeting facilitation. Over one year relevant experience preferred.


Required education/licensure: Master’s Degree in Human Service related field, or law degree with social service experience preferred. Bachelor’s degree with relevant social service experience will be considered.  Professional Licensure preferred.


How to apply: Send cover letter, resume and optional letter of recommendation to tara.dvcc@gmail.com.


Catholic Health Initiative Mission & Ministry Fund Awards Grants for Intimate Partner Violence Prevention Work

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) Mission & Ministry Fund recently granted funding to violence prevention coalitions in seven CHI communities for the next three years.  These communities include Carrington, Devils Lake, Dickinson, Lisbon, Oakes, Valley City and Williston.  The total award for the seven communities is $940,811.  Veronica Zietz was named director of the violence prevention initiative.

Click here for the complete article.

FY 2016 Funding Bill Includes Record Investments to Address Violence Against Women

Washington, DC – Today the U.S. Congress passed the omnibus Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Funding bill with record investments in programs that address domestic and sexual violence, including the Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) fund, the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) and the Family Violence Prevention and Services Act (FVPSA).

“Increased attention to domestic and sexual violence is shining a light on these shameful crimes that impact millions of victims and their families each year,” said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV). “This level of funding is long overdue, and can begin to transform victim services and multiply our efforts towards preventing, addressing, and ending domestic and sexual violence.”

Click here to read complete article: http://nnedv.org/news/4619-fy-2016-funding-bill-includes-record-investments-to-address-violence-against-women.html