Category Archives: Domestic Violence

For info on Domestic Violence in various languages go to: http://www.hotpeachpages.net/lang/index.html

Refugee families are under a great deal of stress. Economic and acculturation stress may create tension in a family. The changing role of wife and children in the family may also cause family distress. As a result of these and other factors, physical violence, corporal punishment, verbal aggression and interpersonal control may occur. Although such behaviors may be considered a private matter, or even acceptable in other cultures, such behaviors are illegal in U.S. culture.

Family violence can be very dangerous. Many people, refugee and American citizens, die each year from domestic violence (which includes spousal abuse and child abuse.). It is important that we not minimize or ignore this problem because it is uncomfortable for us. It is crucial that we discuss a safety plan with the victim of violence. For information on how to make a safety plan click on this link: Safety plan

If you think that there is violence occurring in a refugee family, it is important that you do the following:

1. Provide the family with information:

a. Physical assault of a family member and threats of assault are illegal. In Hennepin county, law enforcement officers are required to make an arrest if there is evidence of violence. Law enforcement response in other counties may differ.

b. There are education and treatment programs that can help a family stop using violence. Such resources are listed in these pages. An advocate from any community domestic violence programs can help victim and abuser find treatment and education.

2. Provide the victim with choices about what to do: Refugees may be particularly reluctant to take any action that would further upset the abuser or put the victim or family at risk of homelessness, increased poverty, and/or loss of community. In U.S. culture, each individual has the right to choose what to do. It is crucial that we offer service and resources to victims of domestic abuse.

3. Ask the victim if there are any community leaders, extended family members, elders, religious leaders or other community members who could assist with help and counsel. In close refugee communities there may be community leaders who can help. If the refugee does not want to reveal this information to community members then they should be assured that they can talk with an advocate or a counselor who is familiar with their culture, but not a member of their culture. For more information on family safety see below:

Domestic Violence (An Introduction)
Domestic Violence Hurts the Whole Family: Arabic, Bosnian, Russian, English, Somali, Spanish

Child Abuse
Metro Minnesota Resources, including shelters

What is battering/spouse or partner abuse ?

Battering is more than physical violence. It is a pattern of behaviors that gets worse over time. These behaviors are used to gain and maintain power and control over another person. In addition to the use of physical violence, battering involves isolation, intimidation, emotional abuse and more.

You may be in a battering relationship if you:

have ever been threatened, hit, kicked, shoved, or had things thrown at you by your partner.
need your partner’s permission before buying food or clothing, writing checks or making other daily decisions.
often go along with plans you don’t like because you’re afraid of your partner’s anger.
are often accused by your partner of things you’ve never done.
make choices about activities and friends according to how your partner will react.
feel you have no choice about what you wear, what you say, who you spend time with or where you go.

What should I do if I know someone who is in a battering relationship?

Listen to her and believe her.
Help her get medical attention if she needs it.
Let her know she is not alone and that she does not deserve to be battered.
Let her make her own decisions. Only she knows what’s best for herself.
Let her know she has options and encourage her to call for help from any of the services listed here

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery

Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery 5400 Glenwood Avenue Golden Valley, MN 55422 Contact: 763 591 0400 with general questions, or call the 24-hour help-line: 763 591 0100 for potential clients Description of Services: A voluntary, temporary shelter where parents can bring … Continue reading

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Model Cities: Family Support Services

Model Cities: Family Support Services 839 University Avenue,                                                                          St. Paul, MN 55104 Contact: 651-265-6167 Description of Services: Children, individuals and families receive a comprehensive array of home-based services with the goal of achieving family reunification and individual stabilization. Intensive case … Continue reading

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Family Community Partnership-Ramsey County

The Family & Community Partnership (FCP)  is a program for low income families who are at risk for child abuse/neglect. This might include refugee families where there is family violence, alcohol/drug abuse, or families so overwhelmed that case workers are … Continue reading

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Ramsey County Child Crisis Intervention Team

CALL 651-774-7000 This is a great resource when a refugee family is having a crisis with one of their children and does not know how to access services. With a few days notice (in order to get an interpreter) team … Continue reading

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Hennepin County Child Protection Intake

http://www.hennepin.us/residents/human-services/child-protection-services Please call 612-348-3552 for updated information. http://www.mnchurches.org/refugee/healing/?attachment_id=2839 Attachment information current as of 2012.

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Alexandra House

Located in Blaine and Anoka , has a 24-hour shelter and crisis line: 763-780-2330 Also provides legal advocacy, 24-hour hospital advocacy, support groups, youth violence prevention, community education and trainings, and more. Staff members speak Spanish and several other languages; … Continue reading

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Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women

For a list of resources for domestic violence in Minnesota, please visit http://www.mcbw.org/mnservices

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Face To Face

Face to Face Health and Counseling offers outpatient and in-home counseling for youth. Outpatient services are offered to those up to age 23. In-home counseling for youth, ages 11-17, and their families. Youth must qualify for these intensive in-home services … Continue reading

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Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (CLUES)

Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio (C.L.U.E.S.) 720 East Lake Street                                                                                                      Minneapolis, MN 55407 612 746 3500 797 East 7th Street                                                                                                                           St. Paul, MN 55106                                                                                                                           651 379 4200 Description of Services: Mental Health Services address the needs … Continue reading

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Saint Paul Domestic Abuse Intervention Project

Saint Paul Domestic Abuse Intervention Project 1509 Marshall Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104 Contact/Crisis Line: 651 645 2824 Crisis line open 24 hours a day Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Description of Services: “An independent, … Continue reading

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Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services

University of St. Thomas Interprofessional Center for Counseling and Legal Services 1128 Harmon Place, Suite 100 Minneapolis, MN 55403 Contact: 651 962 4820 (counseling or social work services) 651-962-4960 (legal services) Call to schedule an appointment Hours: 9 a.m. – … Continue reading

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National Directory of Domestic Violence Programs Serving Muslim Families

http://www.peacefulfamilies.org/Directory-MuslimDVServices-APIIDV-3.2011.pdf    

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Mireille Bardy, LICSW

Family Circle Counseling, a clinic that specializes in attachment difficulties 2356 University Ave. W., Suite 280, St. Paul 55114 651-646-1488 Mireille is French speaking. She provides services for children, adults, couples and families. Insurance accepted: Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Health Partners, … Continue reading

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Marsha McDonald, LICSW

4570 West 77th St., 305, Edina, MN 55435 952-314-5386 Marsha is a licensed clinical social worker. She has familiarity with Arabic cultures, working with people who have been in combat, and with issues of trauma/abuse.  She works with individuals, couples, … Continue reading

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Mental Health Clinics

All mental health clinics are available to be accessed by refugees.  Health insurance covers mental health diagnosis and treatment (See Health Insurance page).  Health insurance covers interpreter services. If you believe that a refugee is  feeling too sad, too worried, … Continue reading

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Chrysalis/Tubman Family Alliance

Counseling and therapy service, support groups for self-esteem, divorce,  single parent                                                           … Continue reading

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The Family Partnership

The Family Partnership           414 South 8th St. Mpls, MN 55404 6 different locations throughout the Metro area Description of services: Group therapy, youth and family services, family violence prevention and intervention services, crisis counseling, and GLBT specific counseling. Staff speak … Continue reading

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Community University Health Care Clinic

Community University Health Care Center 2001 Bloomington Ave. Mpls, MN 55404 Tel. 612-638-0700 Hours: M-F – 7:15am-5pm http://cuhcc.com Description of services: CUHCC provides medical, dental and mental health care services for you and your family (children, teens, adults, and elders). … Continue reading

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New Americans Community Services (NACS)

New Americans Community Services:  educational outreach groups covering topics such as family & traditional cultures, domestic violence, depression, emotional development of children,  etc. 1821 University Avenue West, Suite 130, South Saint Paul, MN 55104, Telephone:  651-287-5223, Fax:  651-287-5227

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SEWA-AIFW

SEWA-AIFW Asian Indian Family Wellness 1101 Snelling Avenue North St. Paul, MN 55108 Office: 763-234-8301 Crisis Line: 952-912-9100 www.sewa-aifw.org info@sewa-aifw.org An organization founded to serve and promote ‘Total Family Wellness” to the Asian Indian population of Minnesota through a number … Continue reading

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St. Paul Intervention Project

1509 Marshall Ave St. Paul, MN 55101 651-645-2824 Provides legal advocacy services for victims of domestic violence. They find pro-bono attorneys and legal aid services to aid victims in protective orders, custody and divorces. Assists  in finding shelter for St. … Continue reading

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Bridges to Safety

St. Paul City Hall/Ramsey County Courthouse 15 West Kellogg Blvd. Room 140 St. Paul, MN 55102                                                 … Continue reading

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Storefront Group

6425 Nicollet Avenue S. Richfield, MN 55423 612-861-1675 www.storefront.org Offers outpatient mental health counseling to residents in the south metro area. They do not have interpreters and do not serve many refugees/immigrants. They accept many third party insurance plans. A Somali staff person, … Continue reading

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Asian Women United of Minnesota

Provides shelter and  advocacy services for Asian battered women and children of all ethnic groups.  Located in Minneapolis. Emergency Help Line: (612) 724-8823 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) Office Phone: (612) 724-0756 Melissa Siri-outhay, Outreach Advocate, ext. … Continue reading

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Domestic Abuse Project

To learn about Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) therapy and advocacy services, call DAP first at 612.874.7063 For shelter in the state of Minnesota and 24-hour crisis assistance 1.866.223.1111 Services: Free legal advocacy to victims/survivors of domestic violence at the Minneapolis … Continue reading

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Home Free

Now under Missions, Inc: www.missionsinc.org/programs/home-free For battered women and their children 24 hour Crisis line – (763) 559-4945 Talk to an advocate at: 763.559.9008 For residents of Plymouth, New Hope, Golden Valley, Brooklyn Park, Corcoran, Dayton, Rogers, Hassan, Greenfield, Osseo, … Continue reading

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Wilder Foundation Southeast Asian Services (SAS)

SEAReferralFormAdult Southeast Asian Services (SAS) Adult Mental Health 451 Lexington Parkway North St. Paul, MN 55104 Tel: 651-280-2111 Fax: 651-280-0367 www.wilder.org Both Western and traditional health methods used to help Southeast Asians, including Hmong and Cambodian with mental health issues, and the … Continue reading

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Civil Society

1-888-7-SAFE-24 www.civilsocietyhelps.org Free Walk-in law clinics for trafficking victims Monday: Lao Family Community, 320 University Ave. St. Paul 55013 9:00-12:00 : Hmong available 12:00-2:00: Immigration Law YWCA, 2121 E Lake St., Mpls., MN 55407 5:00-7:00: Immigration Law , Spanish available … Continue reading

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