HOW WE SUPPORT SURVIVORS

We are committed to supporting your choices by advocating on your behalf and providing respectful, confidential services.

24-Hour Crisis Line Call: 612-871-5111 or 952-448-5425

The Sexual Violence Center Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at no cost.

Calls are completely confidential. 

Our advocates are here to link you to SVC support and services.  You can reach us through the crisis line to get immediate counseling support.  Advocates can also link you to other resources and opportunities for support from other agencies and government.

One-to-One Counseling

SVC provides one-to-one crisis counseling for survivors of sexual violence. We offer up to ten free counseling sessions, after which we refer clients for longer term support from therapists with expertise in working with sexual assault victims/survivors.

SVC does accept walk-in clients in both our Minneapolis and Chaska offices, though we encourage you to make an appointment in advance.  To make an appointment, please call our crisis line at 612-871-5111.

On-Site Counseling

We provide on-site counseling in schools throughout Hennepin, Scott, and Carver counties. We also are able to see youth for one-to-one counseling at the Annex Teen Clinic located in Robbinsdale.

Sign up for counseling by calling 612-871-5111.

Support Groups

SVC offers several support groups for survivors of sexual violence and concerned persons including:

  • Adult Female
  • Adult Male
  • Youth

  • LGBQ
  • Trans* Survivors
  • Journey Through the Arts
  • Concerned Persons

Support groups run 8-10 weeks in length and are 1 1/2 -2 hours per session. They are closed groups, which means the same people participate from beginning to end.  We are always taking names for our waiting lists for our groups.  Call us at 612-871-5111 to add your name to a support group waiting list.

 

We also offer a weekly drop-in support group for people of any age and experience with sexual violence to come and get resources and learn coping skills.  This is an open group, and you can join us for even a single session.  To get more information and arrange for an intake interview, please call us at 612-871-5111.

SVC also offers special support groups in various institutions in Hennepin, Carver and Scott counties including:

  • First Nations Recovery Center
  • Hennepin County Juvenile Detention Center
  • Juvenile Alternative Facility
  • PEASE Academy
  • Plymouth Correctional Facility
  • Shakopee Women's Correctional Facility

 

If you are interested in having SVC facilitate a group at your organization or school call us at 612-871-5111.

24-Hour Medical Advocacy

Sexual Violence Center advocates support victim/survivors who choose to go to a local emergency room for medical attention after an assault.  We will be with you every step of the way through your evidentiary exam and link you up with the follow-up services we provide.

SVC is automatically called whenever a victim/survivor of sexual violence arrives at a local emergency room - you do not have to call us yourself.  It is your decision whether you want an advocate with you during your exam.

If you want to seek medical attention, please visit our page My Assault Is Recent for more information. 

Legal Advocacy and Legal Clinic

Legal Advocacy

SVC provides legal advocacy services including support during your interview with law enforcement and filing for a restraining order.  

The Sexual Violence Center maintains a referral relationship with Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid and Central Minnesota Legal Services.  Through us, income-qualifying victim/survivors in Hennepin County have the opportunity to access legal advice and representation with a range of legal issues resulting from situations of sexual assault, stalking, trafficking and etc.

To seek access from a legal advocate, or to learn more about a referral for legal representation from legal aid, please call us during business hours at 612-871-5111.

Legal Clinic

SVC offers a free legal clinic to victim/survivors of sexual violence, including youth. The clinic is held on the 2nd Thursday of every month from 6-8 pm in our Minneapolis office. This clinic is staffed by the Minnesota Women Lawyers and administered by the Volunteer Lawyers Network.

This service is offered by appointment only.  To set up an appointment to our legal clinic, please call 612-871-5111.