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Do you have a passion for helping children? 
CADA is seeking volunteers for Tuesdays from 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.

Tuesday night volunteers play a critical role in ensuring CADA is able to offer support group to victims and survivors of domestic violence. Providing childcare means survivors have fewer barriers to this important service! 

Click here to email CADA's Volunteer Coordinator. 
Project Catalyst
We are excited to announce a grant we received in partnership with Open Door Health Center and Violence Free Minnesota. CADA was one of six domestic abuse programs in the state selected by Violence Free Minnesota to be a part of this project. There are also two other states participating in Project Catalyst. The mission of Project Catalyst is to foster intimate partner violence, human trafficking, and health leadership and collaboration at the national, state, and local level to improve the health and safety outcomes for survivors of intimate partner violence and human trafficking and to promote prevention. Community health centers, like Open Door, help increase access to primary care for patients by reducing barriers such as transportation and cost for those who are underserved or underinsured. 

CADA and Open Door will receive training and support from Futures Without Violence, a national organization working to prevent intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking. They will train CADA and Open Door staff using comprehensive training curricula, health care provider resources, patient education materials, and quality improvement tools. The goal is that any patient presenting at Open Door will be screened for domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking and if they choose, be connected with a CADA advocate. Alternately, CADA staff will ensure that clients are aware of the health impact of violence and be connected with a health center in their area. Both organizations will then collect data to show improvements in patient health and safety after the grant cycle has ended.

"Survivors of intimate partner violence and human trafficking can experience some serious health problems as a result of their abuse, such as chronic physical and mental health issues," said Lisa James, director of health at Futures Without Violence. "These sites have the potential to make a tremendous impact on the health - and lives - of survivors in their respective states."

Click here for more information about Project Catalyst, or email Erika Boyer-Kern, CADA's Community Advocacy Manager. 
Thanks for the warm welcome!
On Wednesday, March 4th, CADA hosted an open house for our new Martin County office in Fairmont.

We are so happy to be able to provide services to Martin County residents and have felt very welcomed by the community. 
Upcoming: Sexual Assault Awareness Month
At CADA, we are preparing for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in April. One way you can help spread information and awareness about sexual assault is by hosting a jar of teal ribbons at your local business. You can encourage customers to take a ribbon to show their support for survivors and spread awareness. 

Click here if you would like to take part in Sexual Assault Awareness Month and would like a jar of ribbons for your business! 
Financial Abuse: When Money is Power
When many people think of abusive relationships, physical and emotional abuse usually come to mind. One thing that is rarely talked about, but is present in nearly all abusive relationships, is financial abuse. Financial abuse is a common tactic abusers use to maintain power and control over their partner. According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence, financial abuse occurs in 99% of abusive relationships. At CADA, victims and survivors often name financial abuse or the ramifications of financial abuse as a main reason for staying with or returning to an abusive partner.

Financial abuse can be hard to identify. Financial abuse does not leave bruises. It is a form of abuse that you cannot see. Financial abuse can be an invisible weapon used against victims and survivors. Like other forms of abuse, the first signs of financial abuse can be subtle. For example, an abuser may buy gifts for their partner, or offer to take care of the finances to be helpful. After time though, this can lead to more insidious behaviors like giving their partner an allowance or denying their partner access to financial information or bank accounts. Then, when the victim attempts to take some control over the finances, they may realize that the situation has deteriorated. They may be faced with debt, accounts that are no longer in their name, or little to no access to money or resources.

As with other forms of abuse, financial abuse may be very overt and blatant. An abuser may use threats of violence, sabotage their partner’s employment, or force their partner into fraudulent or other illegal activity.

Some other signs of financial abuse include: 
  • Running up debt on shared accounts without one partner's knowledge
  • Giving the victim an allowance
  • Forcing a victim to show receipts and account for every cent spent
  • Controlling how joint money is spent
  • Denying access to bank accounts or financial information
  • Withholding money for basic necessities like food or medication
  • Giving presents or paying for things and then expecting compliance or sexual favors in return
  • Applying for credit in a victim's name
  • Spending money on themselves but not allowing their partner to do the same.

The impacts of financial abuse can be long-lasting and extremely damaging. Without access to money or financial resources, victims are often trapped in abusive relationships. Without money, victims struggle to see a way out. How will they support themselves and their children? How will they pay for housing?

Additionally, many victims and survivors face a damaged credit history after an abusive relationship. This can make it hard to find housing, or obtain assets like a car. After abuse, many victims also have a sporadic employment history because an abusive partner would forbid them from working or sabotage their employment. Additionally, victims may face legal issues relating to the financial abuse they experienced. Some victims face a future of co-parenting with their abusive partner. Victims have told CADA advocates stories of their children going to their father’s house for the weekend and their father will buy the children lots of presents and reminds them that mom will never be able to do that.

In healthy financial relationships, one partner may manage the day-to-day finances, but both partners have equal access to money, financial information, and have equal decision making power. In healthy relationships, partners share their financial goals and create goals as a couple. Partners also support one another in achieving their joint and individual financial goals. Financial decisions, especially long-term or large financial choices are made together and agreed upon in a respectful manner. In a healthy relationship, no one needs to hide money, or lie about day-to-day spending, or ask for permission to access money.

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24-hour Crisis Line: 1-800-477-0466
Blue Earth County: 507-625-8688
Brown County: 507-233-6663
Faribault County: 507-526-5275
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Martin County: 507-399-2001
Nicollet County: 507-934-5583
Sibley County: 507-233-6666
Waseca County: 507-835-7828
Watonwan County: 507-375-3040