CSADV provides shelter services for the Sioux City Region, and domestic abuse services for Plymouth and Woodbury Counties; offering a healing environment to recover from trauma and address any obstacles to safety.
Food, bedding, clothing, and other essentials are provided to those staying in the CSADV shelter. CSADV can also help individuals or families who are at risk of being homeless due to domestic violence, helping them to access safe and affordable housing.
Sign language and other interpreters are available.
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Every day we receive calls from women like you who are in need of help with a difficult or threatening situation. The Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence strives to meet the vast needs of the Siouxland community at all times. Around-the-clock staffing by trained advocates means you can call us any time day or night for help. All services are free, and all information is confidential.
Crisis Line counseling may include:
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Safe, temporary shelter is available for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and their children who reside in the 19 counties in Iowa of Region 1. We provide comprehensive shelter facilities in Sioux City, and have a network of other shelter options across the Region we serve.
While our core shelter is located in Sioux City, we are never “full”. No one in a dangerous, unsafe situation is turned away. There is no waiting list, and all services are confidential and offered free of charge immediately upon request.
Batterer-generated risks are those risks directly caused by the batterer, often regardless of whether or not the victim remains in the relationship or home with the abuser.
Life-generated risks are those risks and circumstances not directly caused by the batterer (but often used as additional weapons by the batterer) such as: mental health; racism and other biases; lack of community resources (affordable housing, well-paying jobs, social service agencies); physical health, etc.
A safety plan is an individualized plan to address the barriers faced by survivors in achieving safety, and an integral part of case-management for survivors. At a minimum, a safety plan addresses the batterer-generated risks posed by the batterer in both the home and in the community, whether the survivor is currently living with the batterer or not.
Safety plans should take an empowerment approach in which the client is the one to identify her risks and develop strategies most likely to reduce those risks
Domestic violence is a leading cause of homelessness for women and children in the United States. A lack of affordable housing options is regularly reported by survivors as a primary barrier to escaping abuse. Housing programs provide critical services for survivors of domestic violence.
Throughout the country, housing programs vary to include short and long-term housing, rental assistance services, and support services that work to meet the individual needs of survivors. The CSADV housing program might assist with locating affordable housing, financial assistance for rent, and various other needs that could cause barriers to achieve permanent housing and self sufficiency.
Gay and bisexual men experience abuse in intimate partner relationships at a rate of 2 in 5, which is comparable to the amount of domestic violence experienced by heterosexual women. ¹
Abusive partners in LGBTQ relationships use all the same tactics to gain power and control as abusive partners in heterosexual relationships — physical, sexual or emotional abuse, financial control, isolation and more.
But abusive partners in LGBTQ relationships also reinforce their tactics that maintain power and control with societal factors that compound the complexity a survivor faces in leaving or getting safe in an LGBTQ relationship. ²
¹ Greenwood, Gregory, et. al. (2002) “Battering and Victimization Among a Probability-Based Sample of Men Who Have Sex With Men.”
American Journal of Public Health. 92 (12).
² The National Domestic Hotline http://www.thehotline.org/is-this-abuse/lgbt-abuse/
Court advocacy consists of providing women with information about her legal rights and options concerning Orders of Protection, divorce, custody, prosecution of assaults, and other legal concerns; accompanying and providing support during any legal proceedings; and providing referrals for legal assistance. Court advocacy is considered a basic service that programs should provide.
Hospital/medical advocacy includes such services as: accompaniment and support during examinations, information about victim rights in regard to reporting injuries to law enforcement, and assistance applying for crime victim compensation to reimburse medical expenses.
If you or a loved one has suffered personal injury from a violent crime, the Iowa Crime Victim Compensation Program may be able to help. This program was created to help crime victims with the many costs of violent crime. It is funded entirely by fines and penalties paid by criminals.
CSADV has advocates that are available to assist victims with filling out the compensation form. Forms are available at any CSADV office, or from your local law enforcement of county attorney office. For more information about this program, visit the Iowa Victim Compensation Program website.
Iowa Crime Victims Compensation Programhttp://iowa.gov/government/ag/helping_victims/services/compensation_program.html
Advocacy is based on a philosophy of respect, confidentiality, and support. As advocates, we hope to widen clients’ possible choices and provide the support necessary to promote safety. This respect allows each individual the right to determine the course of her or his own life.
Counseling provides brief, solution-based peer support in a one to one environment.
Crisis intervention, on the phone or in person to stabilize emotions, clarify issues, provide support, and explore options to meet the individual’s immediate needs.
CSADV’s rural outreach program is designed to address the unique barriers faced by adult and child victims living in rural communities.
CSADV’s rural outreach program brings supportive services to covers Plymouth and Woodbury Counties in Iowa. Although our two physical offices are in Le Mars and Sioux City, CSADV has identified safe spaces in our rural areas and will be available to meet survivors closer to their home if necessary. Staff are available to respond to crisis and provide services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout CSADV’s entire service area. Because of our community outreach program, victims are able to receive free, confidential services within their own community.
Our community outreach program also strives to create awareness and educate the community concerning the issues of domestic violence. CSADV hosts the monthly Community Coalition Against Domestic Violence meeting in Sioux City, bringing together law enforcement, prosecution, education, schools and other community agencies to address and improve system response, victim accountability and community safety. CSADV also provides training to various professional and community groups on how to helpfully respond to survivors.
CSADV offers open and inclusive services to all ethnicities, religious affiliations, cultures and lifestyles including the LGBTQ community. We have Spanish speaking advocates on staff and also have access to a language line to provide services to a multitude of languages and dialects including services to the deaf and blind.
CSADV provides educational opportunities to the communities we serve. Educational presentations are available to all segments of the community and can be modified to best target your group and fit your schedule. Presentations are informative and assist the public in becoming more aware of the issues surrounding domestic violence and sexual assault. All educational programs are offered free of charge. If your class, group, or organization would like to schedule a presentation, please contact our agency.
CSADV provides educational prevention programming for preschool children through college level. All curriculum concepts are age and developmentally appropriate and each level builds upon the previous section. This programming is designed to address the issues of domestic violence and sexual assault in a non-threatening fashion. The educational programs incorporate role plays, skits, live characters, printed materials, film and video, discussion between the presenter and audience, and much more. It is our belief that prevention education is vital to ending child and adult victimization. All education programs, as are all CSADV services, are offered free of charge.
Prevention Programming, Elementary School PreK, ,Kindergarten, First Grade, Happy Bear: Happy Bear utilizes a panda mascot to help children understand safe vs. unsafe touch and how to tell an adult if they are touched. This is an interactive, fun program.
Kindergarten—Third Grade, Quit It! This research-based program gives children a vocabulary and conceptual framework that allows them to understand the distinction between teasing and bullying and how to respond to bullying.
Fourth and Fifth Grade, Bully Proof: This research-based program engages children to think about the distinctions between teasing and bullying. Activities help children focus on the boundaries between appropriate and inappropriate, playful and hurtful behavior. Included are useful tips on how to safely respond to a bully.
Second and Fourth Grade, Body Safety and Me: The focus of this program is to help students identify what sexual abuse is and how to respond. The program empowers children that their bodies are their own and no one has the right to touch them inappropriately. Children are taught how to tell and who to tell.
Grades 4 through High school, Sexting and Cyber bullying A new phenomena … sexting and cyber bullying are quickly becoming a major problem in our schools and communities. Recent suicides of cyber bullying victims have brought this issue to light. Students receive information about the serious consequences including possible criminal actions. Step by step instruction is given to students on what they can do if they become a victim of these crimes.
Middle School and High School, Gender Violence/Gender Justice: This research-based program explores power, inequalities and violence in relationships, as well as in friendships. The program creates discussion about the larger topics of gender violence, including sexual harassment, and sexual assault.
Flirting or Hurting: This research-based program explores student– to-student sexual harassment in schools. Topics covered include flirting versus sexual harassment, identifying and standing up for ones rights, and appropriate responses to sexual harassment.
Love is not Abuse: This program focuses on issues of teen dating violence. Students will learn to identify the warning sings of an abusive relationship, how they can support a friend who is being abused and how to confront a friend who is abusive.
CSADV staff recognizes that these are sensitive issues. Presenters are certified as sexual abuse and domestic abuse counselors/advocates and are trained in each of these curricula.
To schedule any of these presentations, please contact the Education Coordinator (712) 277-0131.
Local / Regional
The IowaVINE system is a service through which victims of crime can use the telephone or internet to search for information regarding the custody status of their offender and to register to receive telephone and email notification when the offender’s custody status changes. The toll-free number for IowaVINE is 888-7-IAVINE or 888-742-8463. This service is provided to assist victims of crime who have a right to know about their offender’s custody status.
The Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence, CSADV, provides support, advocacy, and a safe environment to empower adults and children who have experienced domestic violence and/or sexual assault . Through leadership and education, CSADV works collaboratively with the community to promote social change and to end violence.
The Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence is a private, non-profit agency that is dedicated to helping victims of sexual assault and/or domestic violence become empowered in their quest for dignity and self-respect.The purpose of CSADV’s program is to provide a central agency where victims can receive assistance, reassurance, support, and a sense of stability.
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