Safe Options Services
One of the agencies supported by United Way of Vermillion is the Domestic Violence Safe Options Services – formally known as the Council Against Domestic Violence.
Domestic Violence Safe Options Services (DVSOS) is committed to building a community that works together to serve and empower victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, and to the eradication of such acts of interpersonal violence. This is done through the provision of support services and public educational programs that challenge the traditional norms, beliefs and behaviors that may lead to violence.
The most important activity DVSOS is to provide confidential, free of charge services for victims and survivors. DVSOS services include 24-hour hotline, permanent and temporary shelter, transportation, clothing, food, medical services, counseling, emergency deadbolts, cleaning supplies and toiletries.
Women Rising is an ongoing support group meeting weekly with free childcare available. DVSOS recently obtained an office space in the community to provide victims and survivors with a safe and confidential environment for appointments and referral services.
The bridge across the Missouri River has made the Vermillion area accessible to Nebraskans from a sparsely settled area. Clients utilize medical services at our local clinics, attend the University and are employed at businesses such as Wal-Mart and Hy-Vee. DVSOS is seeing victims who were assaulted in Nebraska and seeking guidance about leaving the perpetrator to start a new life, likely in the Vermillion area.
United Way funds are more and more valuable as across the board cuts from federal and state grants are realized. DVSOS has developed and in-depth strategic plan to incorporate numerous goals including:
- DVSOS seeks to raise community awareness through educational activities including: senior citizens, international and disabled populations, elementary, middle school, high school and college aged students and community service agencies.
- It seeks to provide long-term case management by offering supportive services to survivors.
- Increase the visibility of DVSOS through comprehensive community training opportunities, develop and maintain a Web site and provide materials in appropriate languages.
- Enhance the support group by incorporating healthy lifestyle educational pieces such as: recognizing the red flags in relationships, stress management and self- defense training.
- Enhance and extend partnerships with service providers and community agencies in Clay, Union and Turner counties.
For additional information about the United Way of Vermillion, please contact the office at 24 East Cherry St., Vermillion, SD 57069 or call 605-624-5354. The e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the United Way Web page at www.unitedwayofvermillion.org. The mailing address is Box 216, Vermillion, SD 57069.