The Abused Adult Resource Center (AARC) headquartered in Bismarck, North Dakota, provides emergency support, crisis intervention, temporary shelter, food, counseling, and advocacy to victims of domestic violence and domestic assault. We serve families and individuals in distress throughout south central North Dakota, helping them find a life free from abuse.
We also work with the community to develop an awareness and sensitivity to the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault and to establish programs to break the "cycle of abuse." The mission of the AARC is to "assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault by establishing and maintaining a program which will provide temporary shelter, crisis intervention, prevention, education, support and hope as a vision to eliminate violence." AARC programs, staff and volunteers have been widely recognized for their work in building a healthier, safer community.
Children's Advocacy Centers (CACs) are committed to improving the response to child abuse. We are a statewide network of community partnerships that utilize a comprehensive, multidisciplinary team approach to investigating child abuse. Professionals from social services, law enforcement, prosecution, victim advocacy, and the medical and mental health communities come together under one roof so that a child has to only tell of his or her abuse one time. Attention to the needs and abilities of children is the hallmark of our programs, ensuring that children are not further victimized by the systems intended to protect them.
Assisting victims who have offenders incarcerated wit the ND Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (NDDOCR). Crisis intervention and advocacy throughout the corrections process. Information regarding the status of inmates in prison. (Inmates may go through several different status changes during their period of incarceration). Provide community and agency education about policies and procedures of the NDDOCR. Referrals to other state and community services. Explanation of the notification process. Trained facilitators for restorative justice services such as victim-offender conferencing.
Accompaniment to criminal justice proceedings.
Support services and information from trial through the execution.
Referral support for victims’ families.
Services in cases tried by the Attorney General.
Upon request in cases tried by a local prosecutor: information about victims’ rights, case status information; explanation of court processes; and referrals to community agencies.
Death notification services throughout the appellate process.
Services at both the trial and appellate levels.
Victim notification of case status, disposition, and explanation of the appellate process, including notification when/if Executive Clemency or a stay is granted.
Accompaniment to oral arguments and evidentiary hearings at the appellate level.
Referrals to Departments of Corrections for victims who choose to witness executions, and providing supportive services throughout the execution process.
Education and support.
Working with the news media and media advocacy on behalf of crime victims.
Assistance to victim family members who, with the consent of both parties, choose to meet with the death row inmate.