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Intervention Center has new director, advocate

Headwaters Intervention Center executive Kari May, left, and victim’s advocate Diana Cushman provide services to victims of domestic violence in the area. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)

By Anna Erickson

Headwaters Intervention Center and Family Crisis Center has a new executive director who is working to build the program and continue to serve victims of domestic violence in the area.

Kari May was previously a victim’s advocate for HIC. She will be completing her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bemidji State University in the spring.

The HIC has an all new staff, with Diana Cushman hired as a victim’s advocate.

May and Cushman provide advocacy by providing a listening ear, helping victims sort through their options and assist with filing Orders for Protection or Harassment Restraining Orders. They make referrals to other agencies as well, such as Social Services.

HIC had 71 new clients in the last quarter and May continues to see a need for the services offered by the agency.

HIC receives some funding through the Office of Justice but relies heavily on fundraising and donations.

May would like to see some programs return if there is enough support to get the funding.

The SAFE Parks program, for example, was discontinued last summer due to decreased funding.

Other programs continue to be offered.

The HIC offers transitional housing and emergency shelter referrals for victims and their children.

Kids Konnection Safe Exchange and Parenting Time Center is another program offered by HIC.

The program offers children and their non-custodial parents a safe place to visit. It’s also a place where children can get reacquainted with their parent if there have been periods of separation.

Fundraising is done throughout the year, with the biggest event in October, with a dinner and silent auction.

HIC also relies on volunteers to help with basic office work, basic home repairs, be a volunteer advocate, help with supervised visitation or man the 24-hour crisis line.

The 24-hour crisis line is available seven days a week for anyone who needs someone to talk to. It is 800-939-2199.

May has been active on the HIC’s Facebook page and provides information about domestic violence, including the most recent Femicide Report, which is released by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women.

For more information about the HIC, call 732-7413. For more information and the Femicide Report see Page 2A.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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