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Our mission is to build a safer rural Minnesota for children, women and men.  We are dedicated to empowering crime victims, promoting healthy relationships, preventing assault and abuse, and providing education, parenting time and crisis nursery services.

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Other Victim Resources

After a crime victimization, contact New Horizons Crisis Center. Our services are free and confidential. Learn more about options and available resources to help throughout the recovery process.

If you are not sure we provide a certain service, just ask – and if what is needed is beyond what we provide, we can connect you with other professionals, agencies, and groups that may be able to help. We consider our agency a “one-stop shop,” where we can help a person, family, or support persons victimized by crime get the help they need. Below are few of the many other resources available to those victimized by crime.

  

When the offender is in custody:

To request to be notified of an inmate’s release or to obtain other custody information:

Minnesota Victim Information and Notification Everyday Service (VINE)

1.877.MN4.VINE • 1.877.664.8463

www.vinelink.com

For information on financial compensation in cases of violent crime, call:

Crime Victims Reparations Board

651.201.7300 • 1.888.622.8799

If you are a crime victim or witness and you believe your rights have been violated, call:

Crime Victim Justice Unit

651.201.7310 • 1.800.247.0390 ext. 3

 
Our Services

We provide ongoing support services to people who have been victimized through our Abused Children, General Crime, and Sexual Assault Programs at New Horizons Crisis Center. Services are free and confidential* and are available to people who have been victimized and their support persons; services include, but are not limited to:

  • Support. We are there for a person as much or as little as he or she needs. We provide options and then support the person with whichever healthy and safe option he or she chooses.
  • Crisis Counseling. We are able to meet one-on-one immediately after a crime or even years later to help a person work through what has happened. We can be a listening ear.
  • Safety. We can help a person or family apply for a Harassment Restraining Order (HRO) or Order for Protection (OFP). We can also help a person develop a safety plan or apply for an address confidentiality program.
  • Information. We can help normalize feelings and provide information about what a person may be feeling emotionally or physically after victimization. We can provide books or other resources.
  • Financial. We are able to help a person with the reparations process. When a person meets the requirements of reparations, he or she may be eligible to have crime-related medical expenses, mental health expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages and other specific expenses covered (excluding property losses). We can also help explain the process of restitution and help eligible candidates complete restitution forms. On certain occasions, we can cover small costs for an immediate need directly related to victimization.
  • Resources. If a person needs services or resources that are above and beyond what we provide, we have an extensive resource list that enables us to refer people to the appropriate agency or professional. We can connect a person with such services as transportation, emergency housing, and food shelves.

New Horizons Crisis Center can also provide services in other settings for a person victimized by crime and can often act as a liaison between these agencies and the person needing services:  

  • Medical Advocacy: We are able to provide support during sexual assault medical-evidentiary exams. We can help connect a person with follow-up care after a sexual assault.
  • Legal/Court/Law Enforcement Advocacy: We can be in contact with such criminal justice system agencies as law enforcement, the prosecutor’s office, court administrator’s office, etc. We can be present through legal and court proceedings, including court hearings, law enforcement interviews, and meetings with the prosecutor.
  • Post-Conviction Advocacy: We can assist victim impact statements and provide support if a person chooses to read his or her statement in court or read a statement on behalf of a victim. We can also assist with other post-conviction issues, such as notification of when the offender is released from jail or prison.

All of our telephone lines are answered 24-hours a day, with the exception of our campus office. Contact us to find out more about our available services and other programs.

  
*Visit HERE learn more about our confidentiality policy.
 
 
Survivor's Measure of Growth

Use the statements below to better understand your recovery and to help you develop your own list of goals.

  • I acknowledge that something terrible happened to me.
  • I am beginning to deal with my feelings about the crime.
  • I am angry about what was done to me but recognize that my anger is not a constant part of my feelings. It intrudes into other parts of my life in a negative way.
  • I can talk about the crime experience with an advocate at New Horizons Crisis Center, counselor, or therapist.
  • I am beginning to understand my feelings about the crime.
  • I can give responsibility for the crime to the person who victimized me. The responsibility is not mine to accept.
  • I could not have prevented the crime, and I recognize that I did the best I could to get through it.
  • I am developing a sense of my own self-value and am increasing my self-esteem.
  • I am comfortable with choices I make for myself.
  • I am developing a sense of being at ease with the subject of my crime.
  •  I recognize that I have a choice about whether or not to forgive the offender(s).
  • I recognize that I have begun to get back control in my life and that the offender(s) do not have power over me.
  • I recognize that I have the right to regain control.
The Survivor’s Measure of Growth is from the New York City Task Force Against Sexual Assault.
 
Victim Rights

If you are a victim of crime, Minnesota law provides you with specific rights. At New Horizons, we can help explain your rights.

  

You have the right to be notified of:

  • Crime victim rights.
  • Prosecution process and the right to participate in it.
  • Contents of any plea agreement.
  • Changes in court proceeding schedule when a victim has been subpoenaed or requested to testify.
  • Final disposition of the case.
  • Appeals filed by the defendant, the right to attend the oral argument or hearing, and the right to be notified of the final disposition.
  • Proposed sentence modifications for the off ender, including the date, time, and location of the review and the right to provide input.
  • Release or escape of the off ender from prison or custodial institution or transfer to a lower security facility.
  • Offender's petition for expungement.
  • Right to request restitution.
  • Right to apply for reparations.
  • Information on the nearest crime victim assistance program or resource.
  • Petition to civilly commit an off ender, outcome of that petition, and notice of off ender’s possible discharge/release from civil commitment.

You have the right to protection from harm:

  • Right to a secure waiting area during court proceedings.
  • Right to request that home and employment address, telephone number, and birth date be withheld in open court. Right to request that law enforcement agency withhold identity from the public.
  • Protection against employer retaliation for victims and witnesses called to testify and for victims of violent crimes and their family members who take reasonable time off to attend court proceedings.
  • Tampering with a witness is a crime and should be reported.

You have the right to participate in prosecution:

  • Right to request a speedy trial.
  • Right to provide input in a pretrial diversion decision.
  • Right to object orally or in writing to a plea agreement at the plea presentation hearing.
  • Right to object orally or in writing to a proposed disposition or sentence.
  • Right to inform court of impact of crime orally or in writing at the sentencing hearing.
  • Right to inform court at the sentencing hearing of social and economic impact of crime on persons and businesses in the community.
  • Right to be present at the sentencing and plea presentation hearings.
  • Right to submit statement regarding decision to discharge/release off ender from civil commitment.

You have the right to apply for financial assistance:

  • Victims of violent crime may apply for financial assistance (reparations) from the state if they have suffered economic loss as a result of the crime.
  • Victims may request the court to order the defendant to pay restitution if the defendant is found guilty or pleads guilty.
  • Victims may request that a probation violation hearing be scheduled 60 days prior to the expiration of probation if restitution has not been paid.

Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Harassment Victims have the right to:

  • Be informed of prosecutor’s decision to decline prosecution or dismiss case along with information about seeking a protective or harassment order at no fee.

  • Protection against employer retaliation for victims to take reasonable time off to attend order for protection or harassment restraining order proceedings.
  • Domestic abuse victims have ability to terminate lease without penalty or payment.
  • Sexual assault victims can make confidential request for HIV testing of off ender.
  • Sexual assault victims do not have to pay the cost of a sexual assault examination
  • Sexual assault victims may not be required to undergo a polygraph examination in order for an investigation or prosecution to proceed.

Rights are from the Office of Justice Programs: Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

 
Victim Information

As a survivor of crime you and your support persons may be faced with a lot of questions and concerns. You may also be healing in a variety of ways—perhaps physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

You may be experiencing different emotions, such as denial, guilt, disbelief, loss of control, anger, fear, depression, confusion, embarrassment, shame, helplessness, difficulty with relationships, changes in regular routines (such as sleep and eating patterns), among other physical and emotional responses. Every person responds differently to a crime, and almost all responses are a normal part of the healing process.

You may have questions like: Why did this happen to me? Will I ever heal from this? Will my life be the same? What will happen next? What are my options?

New Horizons Crisis Center is here to help answer the many questions you may have after a crime has occurred and help support your through your emotions and explain your available options.  

We find that talking about a crime with an advocate at New Horizons Crisis Center. Talking may:

  • Help you through the feelings that may keep you feeling isolated.
  • Work through the denial of what happened.
  • Assist in getting in touch with feelings — even uncomfortable and painful ones.
  • Enable you to begin forming trusting and intimate (non-exploitive) relationships.
  • End the silence which sometimes allows a crime to thrive.
  • Help yourself from blaming yourself. The crime was not your fault.
  • Begins the healing process.

Don’t be afraid to seek help. We are here for you. Browse the rest of our website for additional contact information and to learn more about our program and services.