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Supervisors fully fund CSADV request

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Council on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence (CSADV) will receive $10,000 in the 2013-14 Plymouth County budget.

Margaret Sanders, CSADV executive director, and Cathy VanMaanen, Plymouth County CSADV outreach coordinator, presented the budget request to the county board of supervisors Tuesday.

The supervisors fully allocated the $10,000 request, which was the same as the CSADV asked for, and received, in the current fiscal year.

Sanders explained changes in CSADV services in wake of a proposed statewide regionalization system.

The Iowa Attorney General's Crime Victim Assistance Division (CVAD) has divided the state into six regions for providing domestic violence and sexual assault services.

Each region must have comprehensive sexual assault, domestic violence and shelter programs, Sanders said.

"If you provide domestic violence services, that worker is not to provide sexual assault services," she said. "In a rural area, with the office here in Le Mars, that's very problematic for us in terms of this position."

That's because VanMaanen and other outreach coordinators are cross-trained to provide both domestic violence and sexual assault assistance, Sanders said.

"We want this position to be available to provide whatever needs that happen as someone seeks services," she said.

Sanders said in terms of the CSADV's proposed budget, she is trying to gather enough dollars so VanMaanen's position would be independent of CVAD funds.

"With support from the board of supervisors and the Le Mars United Way, I would be pretty close," Sanders said.

VanMaanen echoed Sanders' concerns about being unable to provide both domestic violence and sexual assault services.

VanMaanen said most of the 168 people she served in 2012 were women, and most of them presented as domestic violence victims.

"What we've come to find out through counseling, providing support and listening to their stories is most of those are sexual assault victims as well," she said.

That may have occurred in their current relationship or be a previous sexual assault or child sexual abuse, VanMaanen said.

"Most, I would say two-thirds, have experienced both of those violent crimes," she said. "Being able to provide services and be knowledgeable in both of those areas really is critical."

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