If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, contact local authorities immediately.
We have emergency shelter available for those who need it, as well as crisis intervention, contract counseling, and judicial advocacy. We will do everything we can to make sure that you and your loved ones stay safe.
Our office can be reached Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., but our crisis line operates 24/7 year round. If you have questions, want information, or simply want to ask about your options, give us a call at (701) 873-2274.
Make a safety plan.
Creating a safety plan is a big step when considering escaping an abuser. A safety plan helps a survivor to strategize what they will do to stay safe. Leaving an abuser is considered a very dangerous step in finding your freedom and independence. Abusers thrive on the power they hold over their victims, so when they feel as though they are losing that power, they may act out violently. Because of this, a strong safety plan can be extremely important.
WARC's trained advocates can help you draft a safety plan, even before you are ready to leave. Having advocates involved in your safety planning will lend you the expertise of experienced advocates and provide a connection to law enforcement, should it be necessary.
If you want to know more about what goes into safety planning, here is an interactive safety plan from the National Domestic Violence Hotline. Even if you choose to do the online safety plan, we encourage you to reach out to our office at (701) 873-2274.
Remember that you are not alone, and this is not your fault.
No matter what, remember that there are people out there who are ready to help you. The actions of an abuser are not your fault. You deserve a life free of abuse, fear, and control. If you are struggling with believing in yourself, your worth, and your freedom, contact us. We can provide informational resources, as well as counseling with a local Master's-level counselor. More than anything, we want you to know there are resources for you and people who care.