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Our mission is to build a safer rural Minnesota for children, women and men. We are dedicated to empowering crime victims, promoting healthy relationships, preventing assault and abuse, and providing education, parenting time and crisis nursery services.
We provide ongoing support services to people who have been victimized through our Abused Children, General Crime, and Sexual Assault Programs at New Horizons Crisis Center. Services are free and confidential* and are available to people who have been victimized and their support persons; services include, but are not limited to:
- Support. We are there for a person as much or as little as he or she needs. We provide options and then support the person with whichever healthy and safe option he or she chooses.
- Crisis Counseling. We are able to meet one-on-one immediately after a crime or even years later to help a person work through what has happened. We can be a listening ear.
- Safety. We can help a person or family apply for a Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) or Order for Protection (OFP). We can also help a person develop a safety plan or apply for an address confidentiality program.
- Information. We can help normalize feelings and provide information about what a person may be feeling emotionally or physically after victimization. We can provide books or other resources.
- Financial. We are able to help a person with the reparations process. When a person meets the requirements of reparations, he or she may be eligible to have crime-related medical expenses, mental health expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages and other specific expenses covered (excluding property losses). We can also help explain the process of restitution and help eligible candidates complete restitution forms. On certain occasions, we can cover small costs for an immediate need directly related to victimization.
- Resources. If a person needs services or resources that are above and beyond what we provide, we have an extensive resource list that enables us to refer people to the appropriate agency or professional. We can connect a person with such services as transportation, emergency housing, and food shelves.
New Horizons Crisis Center can also provide services in other settings for a person victimized by crime and can often act as a liaison between these agencies and the person needing services:
- Medical Advocacy: We are able to provide support during sexual assault medical-evidentiary exams. We can help connect a person with follow-up care after a sexual assault.
- Legal/Court/Law Enforcement Advocacy: We can be in contact with such criminal justice system agencies as law enforcement, the prosecutor’s office, court administrator’s office, etc. We can be present through legal and court proceedings, including court hearings, law enforcement interviews, and meetings with the prosecutor.
- Post-Conviction Advocacy: We can assist victim impact statements and provide support if a person chooses to read his or her statement in court or read a statement on behalf of a victim. We can also assist with other post-conviction issues, such as notification of when the offender is released from jail or prison.
All of our telephone lines are answered 24-hours a day, with the exception of our campus office. Contact us to find out more about our available services and other programs.
- Brittany Verhelst
- (507) 532-5764
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