At CADA, we are mourning and grieving the death of George Floyd and countless other Black lives that have been taken.  For over 40 years, CADA has supported and served victims of relationship abuse and sexual violence. We have also worked toward ending violence in our communities. We are proud to stand along with countless individuals, social change groups, and organizations calling for and fighting for justice, equity, and a violence free life for all.

Systemic racism and institutional trauma adds to the harm and trauma already caused by domestic and sexual violence for people of color who are victims and survivors. We know that people of color experiencing relationship abuse or sexual violence may be less likely to call law enforcement for help or willingly enter the criminal justice system by reporting instances of abuse to law enforcement. These individuals may also be disproportionately impacted by policies that increase barriers for access to safe housing, employment, and health care.

In a statement against oppression, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) explained, "Oppressions, whether they be in the home, in communities, or in systems, have at their root the desire to gain and maintain power and control over others." Anti-oppression work and anti-racism work is critical to ending domestic and sexual violence and working toward violence free homes and communities. CADA’s mission is providing safety and support to victims of domestic and sexual violence through education, advocacy, and shelter. We cannot do that work without recognizing the systems of oppression many victims and survivors must navigate because of their intersecting identities.

As Violence Free Minnesota said, "In order to end violence and abuse in our homes, we must also end patterns of violence and abuse enacted in our streets and condoned by our institutions." Everyone has the right to safety and live free from violence.

Update on CADA's Services
We want to provide an update on CADA's services and we continue to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Advocacy Services: 
Advocates throughout CADA's nine-county service area continue to offer phone or video meetings with victims and survivors. If it is not safe to meet by phone, advocates can meet with individuals in person while practicing health and safety precautions. 

Shelter remains open to those seeking safety from violence and abuse. Advocates and residents are taking precautions to keep everyone safe and healthy. 

Keep Me Safe Supervised Parenting Time and Exchange Centers:
In-person Keep Me Safe supervised visits and exchanges have resumed. To schedule a visit or exchange in June or July, please contact us at 507-625-8688 ext. 115 or email

Education and Groups:
CADA is offering virtual support groups rather than in-person groups for victims and survivors. The Southern MN Offender Education Groups remain temporarily cancelled until further notice. 

This year, Pride Month is coinciding with anti-racism protests around the world. 

Organizations like Human Rights Campaign, GLAAD, and more have reminded us that the first Pride wasn't a celebration, but a protest and riot let by queer and trans people of color.

It is important to remember that important social change often comes out of struggle, protest, and collective action.

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While CADA always welcomes your donation, this month, we encourage you to lend your support to organizations across our community and state whose missions focus on racial justice work. 

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CADA Offices

24-hour Crisis Line: 1-800-477-0466
Blue Earth County: 507-625-8688
Brown County: 507-233-6663
Faribault County: 507-526-5275
Le Sueur County: 507-934-5583
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