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Yankton is a small close knit community. A community where people band together to help the greater good. Sometimes these wonderful things our community is known for mask some of the struggles our community faces. Yankton is NOT immune to family violence. Family violence is a growing issue in our community. It is up to all of us to band together and not tolerate this violence in our community. If you witness family violence we encourage you to report it- we encourage you to be safe, but that does not mean ignoring the problem if you see it happening. When you reach out and help a person who is struggling with violence in the home... you never know how many lives you may be saving. There may be children who need protection as well.
A victim of Domestic Violence will be physically assaulted an average of 70 times before they notify law enforcement they need help!
Family Violence is a threat of danger that increases through time... eventually there will be a tragedy is something is not done.
At River City our advocates are passionate about the mission we serve. Every day is about the fight against domestic violence at our agency. The rate of DV in our community can sometimes be difficult to determine because 12 percent of women victims never tell others about the abuse occurring in the home.
In 2014, 56 individuals were benefited by the safe haven program- totaling 1,162 safe haven nights in the shelter. Also, 16,137 victim- centered support services were provided to 105 children and 142 adults struggling with family violence.
Advocates are urging victims to speak up and reach out for help. The advocates at the River City work daily to serve victims in our community and surrounding areas by providing non-judgmental, compassionate and confidential services for victims.River City offers an immediate safe haven to victims in imminent danger, a 24 hour crisis line, crisis counseling, safety planning, assistance with obtaining a protection order, court advocacy, sexual assault advocacy, assistance with completing Victims of Crime Compensation, weekly support group, and educational efforts to end violence in our community.