The Mission of the Abbie Shelter is to promote safety, independence, and empowerment to victims of domestic and sexual violence. We believe all victims and survivors need access to information and resources and have the right to make decisions in their own lives. We believe our community must willingly assume a significant role in preventing and responding to domestic and sexual violence.
Our goals are to serve victims and survivors of domestic and sexual violence through the following:
The Flathead County Crime Victim Advocate helps crime victims to know their rights and what resources are available to them. Contact information is also provided for additional services in the Flathead Valley including 24-hour services.
The judicial system can be especially confusing for children who find themselves as victims of crime. The Flathead County Sheriff’s Office oversees the Children’s Advocacy Center in Kalispell. This center provides a comfortable environment for children to talk to professionals who are trained in interviewing children. Most agencies in the Flathead Valley partner with the Child Advocacy Center and use their resources. A team of workers in different disciplines come together here to make the child’s experience easier and eliminate the need for the child to retell his/her story many times.
Montana Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Abuse is a statewide coalition of individuals and organizations working together to end domestic and sexual violence through advocacy, public education, public policy, and program development in Montana. Their website provides educational information as well as contact information for resources around the state.
The Children’s Justice Center is an agency-wide initiative at the Montana Department of Justice dedicated to improving how we respond to child victims, developing state-of-the-art approaches by keeping up with the newest research and, most importantly, helping child victims recover and move on with their lives.
While no amount of compensation can erase the physical and emotional trauma experienced by crime victims, the Crime Victim Compensation program strives to reduce some of the financial burdens victims may suffer. The Montana Crime Victim Compensation Program can help with loss of wages, medical expenses, and funeral expenses incurred as the result of personal injury crimes.
Coping with the traumatic experiences of abduction and sexual exploitation demands courage and determination on the part of the victim, parents, guardians, and other family members. The master-level trained mental health and child welfare professionals at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children® work within the Family Advocacy Division to proactively help families, law enforcement, social service agencies, and mental health agencies by providing a support network for child victims and their families.
The National Center for Victims of Crime is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. The center has forged a national commitment to help victims of crime rebuild their lives. Through collaboration with local, state, and federal partners, the National Center:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), is committed to protecting the public and ensuring that the rights of victims are carefully observed. HSI administers the Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien’s release from custody. However, victims and witnesses are required to register with HSI in order to receive notification of a criminal alien’s release.