CSADV provides shelter services for the Sioux City Region, and domestic abuse services for Plymouth and Woodbury Counties; offering a healing environment to recover from trauma and address any obstacles to safety.
Food, bedding, clothing, and other essentials are provided to those staying in the CSADV shelter. CSADV can also help individuals or families who are at risk of being homeless due to domestic violence, helping them to access safe and affordable housing.
Sign language and other interpreters are available.
Mobile users: content will appear below the list of services.
Every day we receive calls from people like you who are in need of help with a difficult or threatening situation. SafePlace strives to meet the vast needs of the Siouxland community at all times. Around-the-clock staffing by trained advocates means you can call us any time day or night for help. All services are free, and all information is confidential.
Crisis Line counseling may include:
If you want help or need help, call:
SafePlace provides shelter services for 19 counties in Northwest Iowa, to Dakota County in Nebraska and Union County in South Dakota. Our safe shelter offers a healing environment to recover from trauma and address and obstacles to safety. Our main shelter is in Sioux City, and we have a network of other shelter options across the area we serve. Our shelter is never “full”, and there is no waiting list. No one in a dangerous, unsafe situation is turned away.
Food, bedding, clothing, and other essentials are provided to those staying in the shelter. The shelter has 12+ bedrooms, a large kitchen, children’s playroom, a living room, and a secure outside play area.
While staying in the shelter, immediate crisis intervention is provided, along with legal and medical advocacy and case management. Children receive age-appropriate therapeutic activities, and there is a family area available for families to spend time together outside of the community living environment. SafePlace can also help individuals and families who are at risk of being homeless due to domestic violence by helping them to access safe and affordable housing.
Sign language and other interpreters are available.
Advocacy is based on a philosophy of respect, confidentiality, and support. As advocates, we hope to widen clients’ possible choices and provide the support necessary to promote safety. This respect allows each individual the right to determine the course of her or his own life.
Counseling provides brief, solution-based peer support in a one to one environment.
Crisis intervention, on the phone or in-person, to stabilize emotions, clarify issues, provide support, and explore options to meet the individual’s immediate needs.
Crisis intervention includes, but is not limited to:
Case management activities may include, but are not limited to:
Hospital/medical advocacy includes such services as: accompaniment and support during examinations, information about victim rights in regard to reporting injuries to law enforcement, and assistance applying for crime victim compensation to reimburse medical expenses.
Court advocacy consists of providing women and men with information about her/his legal rights and options concerning Orders of Protection, divorce, custody, prosecution of assaults, and other legal concerns; accompanying and providing support during any legal proceedings; and providing referrals for legal assistance. Court advocacy is considered a basic service that programs should provide.
Another abusive incident is going to happen. The best way to prepare is to have a safety plan. Think of your plan as a seatbelt. You put it on before you drive, knowing it will help keep you safe during an accident.
It may seem overt, but it is important to remember that in moments of crisis, the brain functions differently than when it is calm. Having a safety plan ready to go can help protect yourself in those stressful moments.
A good way to create a safety plan is to speak with a trained domestic violence advocate. To speak with a SafePlace advocate, call (712) 258-7233.
A safety plan will prompt you to think about where you can go temporarily to be safe and consider the next steps. The next steps may include acquiring an order of protection, breaking a lease or initiating divorce proceedings. The safest option for some survivors may be to leave the home they share with their abusers, but remember, it is all up to you and what you decide is the safest and most feasible.
A safety plan is not a replacement for calling 911, filing for an order of protection or contacting a lawyer but a safety plan could involve those steps.
Step 1: Prepare
Collect evidence. If your situation allows it, keep a journal of abusive incidents (date, time, details), including threats, as well as copies of threatening or abusive emails and text messages, police reports, doctor or hospital records for help if and when you file for an order of protection or press charges against an abuser. Keep this evidence outside of your home, like a workplace, a trustworthy friend’s house or a safety deposit box.
I can keep the evidence I’ve collected or will collect, which includes:
At _____________________________ (safe place the abuser won’t find).
Have a getaway bag. This bag should be kept somewhere the abuser can’t find it like a friend’s house or workplace. It should contain important documents such as: your driver’s license, passport, birth certificate, Social Security cards, copies of financial records, your lease or deed, health insurance information, prescriptions, marriage license or divorce papers, and all similar paperwork for your children, if applicable. Other items your bag should include, if possible, is cash in case the abuser cancels credit cards or blocks you from accessing bank accounts.
I will make sure to pack the following in my getaway bag:
And will hide it at ____________________________ (safe place the abuser won’t find).
Step 2: Plan
Decide where to go. When the time comes to leave, you need to have a plan of where to go. Consider an emergency shelter, like SafePlace, a friend or family member’s house (which the location is unknown to the abuser), or if affordable, a hotel or apartment that allows you to pay in cash so the abuser cannot track you there. Consider getting a prepaid or pay-as-you-go cell phone in case the abuser can trace your cell phone.
I will be leaving_____________________________ (approximate date/time) and going to _____________________________________. I will only tell _____________________________ (trusted friend/family member/advocate) of my whereabouts.
Plan for all possibilities. You know your partner best and what abusive tactics he or she is most likely to use. The abuser may start to feel like something is different in your demeanor and become more controlling. The most dangerous time for a survivor is often when the abuser feels like he or she is losing control. Prepare for all possibilities by thinking about different scenarios that could happen to you and what you will do. For example, if an abuser always shuts the bedroom door before, he or she becomes violent, can you unlock a window ahead of time, given you’re on the ground floor, and exit through it when this starts? If an abuser threatens to keep or harm your children or pets if you leave, can you make sure they’re in a safe place before you leave, such as taking them to a trusted relative’s house? Can you create a code word that, if you say it in front of your children, they’ll know to run next door to the neighbor’s house and call 911?
I know my partner is likely to use the following tactics to control me and keep me from leaving:
To counteract these things, I will prepare by doing the following:
Step 3: After you leave
Stay vigilant. After you leave an abuser, or after an abuser is forced to leave your situation, you’ll want to have safety precautions to keep you and your family safe. This might include an order of protection, alerting your place of employment and your children’s school what is going on and giving them a photo of the abuser so they can alert you if he or she comes around, using a different route to get to and from work or school, changing your schedule, taking a break from social media so the abuser is less likely to track you, and changing your phone number and making it unlisted.
After I leave, I will do the following actions to help keep myself safe:
This is a basic outline and plan for leaving an abuser, but there are many things to consider when doing so.
If you or someone you know has suffered personal injury from a violent crime, the Iowa Crime Victim Compensation Program may be able to help. This program was created to help crime victims with the many costs of violent crime. It is funded entirely by fines and penalties paid by criminals.
SafePlace has advocates that are available to assist victims with filling out the compensation form. Forms are available at any SafePlace office, or from your local law enforcement of county attorney office. For more information about this program, visit the Iowa Victim Compensation Program website.
Iowa Crime Victims Compensation Program:
Gay and bisexual men experience abuse in intimate partner relationships at a rate of 2 in 5, which is comparable to the amount of domestic violence experienced by heterosexual women. ¹
Abusive partners in LGBTQ relationships use all the same tactics to gain power and control as abusive partners in heterosexual relationships — physical, sexual or emotional abuse, financial control, isolation and more.
But abusive partners in LGBTQ relationships also reinforce their tactics that maintain power and control with societal factors that compound the complexity a survivor faces in leaving or getting safe in an LGBTQ relationship. ²
¹ Greenwood, Gregory, et. al. (2002) “Battering and Victimization Among a Probability-Based Sample of Men Who Have Sex With Men.”
American Journal of Public Health. 92 (12).
SafePlace provides educational opportunities to the communities we serve. Educational presentations are available to all segments of the community and can be modified to best target your group and fit your schedule. Presentations are informative and assist the public in becoming more aware of the issues surrounding intimate partner violence. All educational programs are offered free of charge. If your class, group, or organization would like to schedule a presentation, please contact our agency.
SafePlace provides educational prevention programming for preschool children through college level. All curriculum concepts are age and developmentally appropriate and each level builds upon the previous section. This programming is designed to address the issues of bullying, harassment, healthy relationships, and dating abuse in a non-threatening fashion. The educational programs incorporate role plays, skits, live characters, printed materials, film and video, discussion between the presenter and audience, and much more. It is our belief that prevention education is vital to ending child and adult victimization. All education programs, as are all SafePlace services, are offered free of charge.
Quit It! – Kindergarten-Third Grade – This research-based program gives children a vocabulary and conceptual framework that allows them to understand the distinction between teasing and bullying and how to respond to bullying. Activities help students to understand how rules help us to get along, what makes them feel welcome and unwelcome in school, and
Bully Proof – Grades 4-5 – This research-based program engages children to think about the distinctions between teasing and bullying. Activities help children focus on the boundaries between appropriate and inappropriate, playful and hurtful behavior. Included are useful tips on how to safely respond to bullying behavior.
Building Healthy Relationships – Kindergarten-Fifth Grade – This research-based curriculum addresses harassment prevention and relationship skills. The curriculum includes lessons for examining self-identity and personal boundaries, fostering mutual respect, developing effective communication skills, learning to resolve differences, and building healthy relationships.
Building Healthy Relationships – Grades 6-12 – This research-based curriculum addresses sexual harassment prevention and relationship skills. This curriculum includes examining self-identity and personal boundaries, fostering mutual respect, developing effective communication skills, learning to resolve differences, and building healthy relationships.
Second Step – Grades K-8 – This pro-social skills curriculum involves lessons that address empathy, perspective-taking, and communication, bullying prevention, emotion management, problem-solving, decision making, and goal setting and substance abuse prevention.
Gender Violence/Gender Justice – Middle School and High School – This research-based program explores power, inequalities and violence in relationships, including dating and friendships. The program creates discussion about the larger topics of gender violence, including sexual harassment and sexual assault.
In Their Shoes: Teens and Dating Violence – Grades 9-College – This is a scenario- based training designed to help participants talk about what dating is like for young people. Participants will become teen characters, make choices about their relationships, and be able to discuss the results. The training is intended to increase awareness of teen dating violence, help teens and adults recognize unhealthy patterns in relationships, and learn that everyone has a role to play in helping teens to have healthy relationships.
Love is Not Abuse – Grades 9-12 – This research based program focuses on issues of teen dating violence. Students will learn to identify the warning sings of an abusive relationship, how they can support a friend who is being abused and how to confront a friend who is abusive.
Safe Dates: Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Healthy Relationships – Grades 6-9 -This research based program that addresses attitudes and behaviors associated with dating abuse and violence. The program raises awareness of what constitutes healthy and abusive dating relationships, what is dating abuse and its causes and consequences, and equips students with the skills to develop healthy relationships, including positive communication, anger management, and conflict resolution.
Mentors in Violence Prevention – Grades 7-College – This prevention program trains youth to become leaders in addressing violence in their schools. This program utilizes a bystander approach to prevention and education by raising awareness, challenging thinking, opening dialogue, and empowering young people to make a difference.
Coaching Boys into Men – Grades 7-College – This prevention program gives coaches the information and tools to address violence prevention with their athletes. The CBIM curriculum consists of a series of coach-to-athlete trainings that illustrate ways to model respect and promote healthy relationships. The CBIM card series instructs coaches on how to incorporate themes associated with teamwork, integrity, fair play, and respect into their daily practice and routine.
SafePlace staff recognizes that these are sensitive issues. Presenters are certified as domestic abuse counselors/advocates and are trained in each of these curricula.
To schedule any of these presentations, please contact the Education Coordinator (712) 277-0131.
SafePlace provides safety, advocacy and support to empower adults and children (who have experienced domestic violence) through leadership and education. SafePlace works collaboratively with the community to promote social change and end violence.