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April 2022 Newsletter

March in Review

March came in like a lamb and went out like a lion both in weather and service needs. River City Domestic Violence Center has grown to match the increase in need for advocacy in the past month. Take a look at our numbers!

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Our Growing Team

As River City Domestic Violence Center continues to grow and change to meet the needs of the community, our team of advocates is evolving, too! Click below to meet the River City Domestic Violence Center Team.

Meet our Team

Springing Forward Into Awareness


Events for Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention Month:

4.27 - Cup of Prevention

Hosted by EMERGE, formally known as the Sexual Assault Response Team

Featuring Muddy Mo's coffee and Casey's cookies!

This event will allow the EMERGE team to share how they respond to and prevent sexual assaults from happening within our community and how, as a community, we can all work together to end this crime of violence.

Join the EMERGE team at United Way - Community Impact Center

920 Broadway Ave., STE 1

Presentation from 11:00am-12:00pm

Meet and Greet with EMERGE Immediately Following

4.27 - Denim Day

Clothing Does Not Equal Consent

Wear denim to support survivors and bust the myth that clothing implies consent.

Click Here to Read More About Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Event for Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month:

4.1 - Wear Blue Day

Wear Blue Day was created to raise awareness that child abuse happens in every community, even ours. As a community, we have the power to help families avoid situations which may lead to child abuse.

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The RCDVC Team in Blue for Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention!

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Executive Director, Stacy Starzl, and Director of Program Operations, Kim Cap, alongside Police Commander, Todd Brandt, forming a blue alliance against child abuse.

It can be difficult to identify ways to help stop child abuse. but here are a few ideas to try this month:

A - Approach struggling parents and offer assistance.

P - Promote free/low-cost services for youth and parents.

R - Report suspected child abuse or neglect by calling CPS.

I - Invest in community resources, like after-school programs.

L - Lend a hand, ear, or shoulder to a parent or child in distress.

River City Family Connections works to help families that may need additional services to safely interact with their children. Yankton is lucky to have such great resources! Click below to learn more.

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Coming Soon - A Fresh Toy Room!

As River City Domestic Violence Center continues to serve victims of domestic and family violence, we have developed a need to revamp our current shelter toy area. The new area will feature calming colors, a cloth tipi, and kid-friendly storage. As we strive to have a soothing environment for our shelter residents, we are developing an area that is both fun and trauma sensitive for kids and adults.

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Donation Station

Thank You to Our Generous Doners and Partners!


CASA Executive Director Sherri Rodgers-Conti helped River City gear up for Child Abuse Prevention Month by reminding everyone to wear blue on Friday, April 1st in the most scrumptious way possible! Thank you, CASA!


James Huisman, representing Yankton Antique Auto Club, presented River City Domestic Violence Center's Education and Survivor Services Supervisor, Anna, with a $100 donation. Thank you, Antique Auto Club!

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