Crime Victim Resources

MN VINE for inmates in County Jails or Local Detention Facilities is a free and anonymous service that provides victims of crime two important features: custody status information about inmates in county jails and custodial facilities, and notification to victims of an inmate’s release. 

MN HAVEN is a notification system within the Department of Corrections that provides notice to registered users on changes in an offenders custody status of offenders who are supervised by the Department of Corrections. 

Community Health Services Inc. (CHSI) Battered Women’s Program & Sexual Assault Intervention Project provides bilingual victim advocacy services to women, children, and men who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence. Advocacy services may include shelter/relocation assistance, supportive services, and referrals to community organizations. CHSI advocates assist with Order for Protection, court advocacy and coordinate with legal systems.

Northwestern Mental Health Center (NWMHC) is a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic.  NWMHC provides a full range of mental health and substance use disorder services to individuals.  NWMHC takes a person-centered approach that looks at the whole health (physical, behavioral health and social service needs) of the individual.  It provides a comprehensive set of services that promote recovery, wellness, trauma-informed care and a focus on whole health to serve individuals in need of care.  NWMHC serves adults, adolescents and children, as well as placing a special emphasis on active and veteran military care.

CVIC is a North Dakota based program which provides a safe shelter services, promotes violence prevention education, supervised parenting time center, court advocacy, safety planning and evidence-based therapy.

Violence Intervention Project serves victims of domestic and sexual violence through crisis call response, emergency assistance, advocacy support, safe shelter, supervised visitation services and other housing support. A trained advocate is available 24 hours a day to listen, help assess needs and safety, and help locate needed resources or help in deciding if reporting a rape or an assault is the right option.

Standpoint exists to serve domestic and sexual violence survivors, advocates, attorneys, and other professionals working within the justice system in the state of Minnesota. Experienced lawyers and advocates provide support, training, over the phone advocacy, and legal advice: free of charge, regardless of income.

Legal Services of Northwest Minnesota (LSNM) provides free legal help in twenty-two northwest Minnesota counties. Only people with low-incomes and issues critical to daily life receive services through LSNM. Depending on the issue, LSNM may give legal advice, review court papers, assist in drafting paperwork, mediate, negotiate, litigate, and/or represent at an administrative law or district court hearing. LSNM offers a self-help clinic on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at the Polk County Law Library. Call 1-800-450-8585 for more information.

Safe at Home is a statewide address confidentiality program administered by the Office of the Minnesota Secretary of State. Safe at Home is designed to help people who fear for their safety maintain a confidential address. 

Minnesota Public Access offers access to case information for certain court records in the Minnesota Court Information System.