North Dakota domestic violence rates continue to slowly increase. Williston may be rural, but it has high rates of domestic violence. People of color and people with disabilities are disproportionately affected by domestic violence, but anyone can be a victim.

Domestic Violence/Abuse can come in many forms; physical, sexual, verbal/emotional, mental/psychological, financial/economic, cultural/identity and threats of technological actions . An abusive relationship can include any or all of these types of behaviors, sustained over a period of time and often escalating.

You probably know someone who is a victim of domestic violence because it happens to 1 in 3 people. If you think about it, that's a massive amount of people that this is affecting. 1 in 3 people, that we know of. Those are the only numbers that can be accounted for because usually the abuse goes unreported. So those numbers are more than likely quite a bit higher.

There are ways to get help if you or someone you care about is a victim of domestic violence. Contact the Family Crisis Shelter, Inc. in Williston. They provide safe shelter, advocacy, counseling, referrals, and support.

The Family Crisis Shelter is a 24-hour, 7 day-a-week, crisis intervention program for victims and families of domestic violence and sexual assault, serving Divide, McKenzie & Williams counties in NW North Dakota. The Family Crisis Shelter is the only shelter within a 130 mile radius to specifically assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

The Family Crisis Shelter is reaching out to the community because they are in dire need of help. They need donations to fill their pantry & freezers with food.

In-Kind Donations:

  • Food:
    • Cereals
    • Pasta
    • Beans
    • Ramen noodles
    • Rice
    • Boxed meals/sides
    • Sugar/Flour
    • Pancake mix
    • Boxed Desserts
    • Packaged Sauces/Spices
    • Drink Mixes
    • Breads
    • Crackers
    • Oatmeal
    • Dressings/Condiments
    • Veggies
    • Fruits
    • Soups
    • Canned Tuna/Chicken
    • Coffee/Tea
    • Peanut Butter/Jelly
    • Cooking Oils
    • Meats
  • Everyday Essentials
    • Shampoo/Conditioner
    • Body Wash/Bar Soaps
    • Feminine Products
    • Lotion/Deodorants
    • Toothbrushes/Tooth Paste
    • Shaving Razors
    • Shaving Gel
    • Hair Products
    • Hair Brushes/ Combs
    • Hair Ties
    • Bath Towels/Wash Cloths
    • Makeup
  • Clothing Items
    • Women’s socks, underwear, bras
    • Boys & Girl socks and underwear
    • Diapers Sizes 3-6 and pull-ups 2T-4T
  • Household items
    • Laundry Soap/Pods
    • Dryer Sheets
    • Bleach
    • All Purpose Cleaners
    • Toilet Paper
    • Paper Towels
    • Cleaning Wipes
    • Dish Soap/Sponges
    • Stain Remover
    • Luggage
    • Bedding
  • Extras
    • Dressers
    • Couches
    • Beds (in good condition)
    • Table & Chairs
    • End Tables
    • Coffee Tables
    • Lamps
    • Vacuums
    • Microwaves
    • Dishes
    • Pots & Pans
Donations can be dropped off at 421 34th St E, Williston, ND, United States, North Dakota. For more information call (701) 572-0757.
CAWS North Dakota is the statewide sexual and domestic violence coalition. They support 20 advocacy crisis intervention centers located across North Dakota.
It happens in high numbers, but nobody talks about abuse. There's a lot of shame and fear that keep it behind closed doors. Domestic violence impacts the community as a public health problem. The more we talk about domestic violence, the more likely it becomes that we build awareness, identify abusive behaviors, and take action to prevent harm to people in our communities who may be family, friends, neighbors, or coworkers.

Some of the ways to get involved in domestic violence awareness include talking about the components of a healthy relationship, supporting organizations that work with domestic violence survivors, providing resources to those in domestic violence situations, listening to survivors and being active bystanders.

If you are in danger, please use a safer computer, call 911, a local hotline, the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673 or the U.S. National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

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