According to North Dakota Council on Abused Women's Services, domestic violence is on the rise in North Dakota, with almost 150 more cases since 2012.
Bonnie Campo talks with Minot's Domestic Violence Crisis Center to find out how they are expanding their aid to help victims who live outside of the Minot city limits.
(Bonnie Campo, Reporter) The Domestic Violence Crisis Center estimates that every nine seconds a woman in the U.S. is battered, and with population booming in rural North Dakota, they set up two facilities here in Mohall, and Kenmare to offer support.
(René Enders, Mohall and Kenmare Victim Advocate) " The numbers have escalated, and my position was created through a 3 years grant. It was specifically designated to be used in oil affected counties."
(Bonnie Campo, Reporter) "They have also set up two new centers in Watford City/Williston area. To physically get away from the environment, they have temporary safe homes in Minot."
(René Enders, Mohall and Kenmare Victim Advocate) "Their are able to stay there for up to a month, after that it is a case by cases basiswhetherer that will be extended or they may go into temporary living apartments. Those somebody can live in up to 18 months."
(Bonnie Campo, Reporter) "The also offer baby-sitting, and a 24-hour crisis line for anyone in need, because the most important thing to remember is, it can happen to anyone at anytime. No matter where you live, they want to make sure you know you are not alone."
(René Enders, Mohall and Kenmare Victim Advocate) "When you are out on a farm, or away from neighbors, it is very difficult. You do feel isolated, but I think having a presence here, in a community that is close, you get more of a comfort feeling. It's not a trip to Minot. It's easy to call me. I can be there quickly."
(Bonnie Campo, Reporter) "If you are looking for support, visit the Kenmare location on Tuesday or Thursday, downtown across from the Kenmare Theater, or the Mohall center on Monday, Wednesday or Friday in the basement of the Zion Lutheran Church. Both are usually open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In Minot, Bonnie Campo KX News."
Children are also welcome at these shelters.
To reach a rural advocate of the crisis center dial (701) 263-5002