Mission: Alexandra house's mission is to empower victims of domestic and sexual violence, and inspire social change through education, support and advocacy.
Programs: Shelter program: we operate a 24-hour emergency shelter that can house up to 35 women and children at a time. Alternative emergency shelter is offered to male victims of domestic and sexual violence. Advocates work closely with clients, providing assistance in protection planning, securing safe permanent, affordable housing, and connecting clients to valuable resources in their community. Advocates also work with children during their stay in shelter, providing education and support around a range of issuesincluding safety planning, domestic/family violence, child abuse, self-esteem and sexual abuse. Alexandra house offers schooling for children in grades k-12, as well as pre-k education, made possible through a partnership with the anoka-hennepin school district. In 2014, alexandra house provided in-home case management and advocacy to 125 families providing a limited number of ongoing rental subsidies, financial support in the manner of damage deposits, one month rental assistance, and application fee assistance. We assist clients in going back to school, finding employment, and re-establishing or repairing their credit history. Alexandra house currently offers seven support groups to shelter residents and community members that include domestic and sexual violence walk-in group, healing through writing group, womens issues, coffee and conversations educational seminars, restorative parenting, mindfulness and meditation, and self-esteem support group. Children and teens staying in the shelter are also offered a weekly support group. In 2014, we provided support group services to 350 women and kids. In addition, 68 victims benefited from ongoing therapy. In 2014, we sheltered and provided advocacy and support services to 575 women and children and 2 men.
community program: many clients who have experienced domestic and sexual violence do not require shelter, but do need legal advocacy and support services, especially as it relates to civil and criminal court matters. Alexandra house has a satellite office in anoka, which houses our legal, youth services, and hospital advocacy programs. Legal advocates partner with local law enforcement agencies so that victims of domestic violence receive the assistance of an advocate immediately following a domestic assault or domestic-related crime. In 2014, alexandra house received 669 referrals from law enforcement; of those referrals, 343 victims were determined to be high risk and directly connected to an advocate. The remaining victims were contacted by advocates shortly after the incident. Legal advocates provided crisis intervention, ongoing support, and crime victim advocacy throughout criminal court proceedings to include: accompanying victims to court hearings; serving as a liaison to prosecutors, helping victims understand the criminal court process and crime victim rights, and assisting them in accessing resources like crime victim assistance, reparations, and victim notification. In 2014, legal advocates assisted 144 clients in filing protection orders and provided support and advocacy to petitioners at 189 protection order hearings; ofp project attorneys provided legal representation to 66 petitioners. The community program also works to educate victims on their civil legal rights through the family law legal clinic. Offered monthly and facilitated by volunteer attorneys, victims are provided general information related to family law issues and then given an opportunity to meet 1-1 with an attorney to discuss and obtain legal advice on their specific legal issue. In 2014, 30 victims benefited from this service. Alexandra house advocates also work with victims of domestic and sexual violence identified by health care personnel. In partnership with mercy and unity hospitals and select allina affiliated clinics, advocates provide in-person, patient follow-up at local hospitals and clinics to victims of domestic or sexual violence 24-hours/day. When the victim has been sexually assaulted, we also work closely with the sexual assault nurse examiners (sane) program to support the victim through the evidentiary exam, assist them in reporting the assault should they wish to file a police report, and provide ongoing emotional support and referrals to the victim. In 2014, advocates responded to 188 victims of domestic and sexual violence at our local hospitals and clinics. Community program legal advocates provide legal advocacy, support, and assistance to primary and secondary victims in person and over the phone and in 2014, reached out to and/or fielded calls from 4,956 callers.
youth services program: our youth services program intervenes in the lives of youth who are experiencing abuse within a dating relationship or their home, while at the same time reaches youth before the cycle ever begins youth who are at a critical stage in their lives, forming attitudes and beliefs that will affect how they treat or will be treated by dating partners in the future. Alexandra house partners with six school districts in anoka county to provide on-site, school-based support and advocacy services to students impacted by dating violence, sexual violence, and domestic/family violence. In addition to providing individual advocacy sessions, alexandra house youth services advocates facilitate support groups in each of the high school programs they are located within. While the majority of time spent in the high schools is devoted to intervening once a student has been impacted by violence, one day each week is devoted to providing education in the classroom setting around the issue of dating violence and for the purpose of making students aware of available services and how to access them. In order to reach youth who may be at higher risk, youth services advocates also facilitate groups and educational presentations with adolescent males and females housed at the lino lakes juvenile secure and non-secure facilities. In 2005, the youth services program launched the centers for disease controls (cdc) choose respect campaign, a public awareness initiative focused on preventing dating violence and promoting healthy relationships among youth. Targeting youth aged 11-14 years, choose respect inspires youth to give and get respect in all their relationships and guides them in attaining the skills needed to make healthy, positive dating choices throughout their lives. Youth services programming extends into the summer months through partnerships developed with local mobile home communities, local ymcas, churches, local youth initiatives, and others. Services provided include a choose respect summer youth group and family programming located on-site at several mobile home communities in anoka county that incorporates a family meal, violence prevention education, community resource sharing, and family friendly activities. In 2014, youth services program provided individual advocacy, support groups, choose respect programming and summer outreach activities to 1369 children, teens, and parents. They also gave 176 classroom presentations to 7,294 students and teachers from kindergarten through grade 12.