Southern Valley Alliance - Domestic Violence Support
During the 2021/22 school year, Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS) students in the Healthcare & Medicine Program at Shakopee High School partnered with Southern Valley Alliance (SVA) to make a difference in the community. SVA is a non-profit organization serving Scott and Carver Counties to provide assistance for victims of domestic violence with crisis intervention and advocacy, support groups, court advocacy and community engagement and education. Students Nalin Nguyen, Olivia Kjome, Caden Allen and Diana Hernandez worked together to spread awareness within the community to prevent future relationship abuse and to “end the cycle of violence." The below resources are applicable to all district students, staff and community members.
"We learned a lot about the behavioral side of domestic violence and common misconceptions, including that nearly 50% of our peers may not get help when they need it," noted CAPS students during their final project presentation. "By physically putting up posters at local businesses and organizations, in addition to surveying students at our school, we were able to take initiative and make a difference."
Did you know, according to the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 1 in 3 adolescents in the United States experience dating abuse; that translates to about 1.5 million teenagers in a single year. SVA helps all those impacted by domestic violence in Carver and Scott counties, including victims, families, organizations and communities. People can experience domestic violence vastly differently depending on cultural, religious, racial and gender background. At SVA, there is an understanding of the importance of addressing these influences and working with survivors to provide culturally competent services and resources. SVA’s support staff are readily available to help combat negative situation(s) and provide a variety of resources that includes a 24/7 free and confidential crisis line, court advocacy, safety planning, support groups and community engagement/training. Visit svamn.org to learn more and get support.
This page was created in partnership with Shakopee High School CAPS students, SVA and with support from St. Francis Medical Center.