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 connect you with other resources and opportunities for support from other agencies and government.
SVC offers individual, in-person counseling giving intensive, directed crisis support to victims and survivors. We provide up to ten sessions of counseling free of charge to anyone struggling with the effects of sexual violence on their lives. We believe in the tremendous positive power of an advocate sitting with a victim, bearing witness to their story and affirming that what happened was not their fault.
One-to-one counseling sessions can be scheduled by appointment at either our Minneapolis of Chaska offices. We also accept walk-ins in our Minneapolis office.
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.
SVC offers several support groups for survivors of sexual violence and people who love them.
- Queer Survivors
- Female-Identified Survivors
- Male-Identified Survivors
- Journey Through the Arts
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.
Special Weekly Open Group
Weekly Drop-in Support Group: on-going, for people of any age and experience with sexual violence to come and get resources and learn coping skills.
Participants are welcome to join us as needed, even for a single session.
Call our crisis support line at (612) 871-5111 for more information about our groups.
SVC also offers special support groups in various institutions in Hennepin, Carver and Scott counties including:
- Hennepin County Public Safety Facility (jail)
- 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 Naomi at 612-871-5100 ext. 22.
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.
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.
For victims/survivors in need of support in Carver or Scott counties, SVC maintains a referral relationship with Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services (SMRLS). Our advocates can link income-qualifying victim/survivors in these counties with legal advice and representation.
To seek access from a legal advocate, or to learn more about a referral for legal representation from Legal Aid or SMRLS, please call us during business hours at 612-871-5111 or 952-448-5425.
Education and Training
Sexual violence thrives in silence...we break the silence.
Sexual Violence Center advocates are experienced trainers on issues such as sexual violence and the different manifestations of sexual violence in our community, sexual harassment, consent, healthy sexuality, impacts of sexual violence on survivors, oppression and its relationship to sexual violence and more.
Training for volunteer sexual assault advocates
Three times a year, we offer a 40+ hour training that prepares volunteer advocates to provide direct service support to victim/survivors of sexual violence in accordance with Minnesota State Statute §595.02(k). For information about the next training, contact SVC's Advocacy Program Coordinator Naomi at (612)871-5100 ext. 22 or fill out the form on this page.
Training for professionals
SVC provides training on sexual violence to professionals in medical, legal, educational, human service, law enforcement, and correctional facilities. To request a training for professional service providers, please email our Training Coordinator, Christina Buscko, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Education for students
SVC is currently developing REAL TALK, a series of interactive, school-based presentations for students ages 12-22. These presentations are designed to empower young people with the knowledge and skills they need to engage in healthy relationships and create safer communities. To learn more about REAL TALK, click here.
REAL TALK presentations will be available starting April 1. To request a REAL TALK presentation, click here.
For the community
SVC offers educational presentations to the broader community, and we frequently participate in conferences, resource fairs, and public events. To request a community-based presentation or a tabling presence at your event, click here.