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yet I shall dare to hope.
- Lamentations 3:21

Children's Inn
Serving Victims of Domestic Violence

Children's Inn is a private, non-profit organization founded in 1977 that provides free services to victims of domestic violence. Services provided include:

  • Crisis Hotline
  • Counseling Services
  • Immediate shelter for women and children
  • Parenting Education
  • Battered Women's Support Group
  • Children's Groups
  • Safety Planning
  • Advocacy
  • Rural Advocacy
  • Community Referrals
  • Community Education
  • 24-Hour Availability
  • Interpreter Services Available

Children's Inn provides services to women, children and men who are victims of domestic violence, elder abuse, dating violence, sexual assault, and child abuse & neglect.

Services are provided, but are not limited to, the counties of Minnehaha, McCook, Lincoln, Turner, and Union.

Children's Inn offers the opportunity of new beginnings for victims. The ultimate goal of Children's Inn programs is to break the cycle of violence and abuse.

Many relationships experience violence.

This may take the form of:

  • Hitting, slapping, pushing, choking, beating, or inflicting serious injury.
  • Threats of physical harm.
  • Destroying belongings or threatening to destroy them.
  • Name calling, saying cruel things to humiliate.
  • Forcing a partner to engage in sexual behavior.
  • Isolating a partner from friends, family and support systems.
  • Extreme jealousy.
  • Cruelty to pets to control a partner's behavior.
  • Shifting responsibility for the abusive behavior to the victim.
  • Using the children to control a partner's behavior.
  • Not allowing a partner to be involved in family or economic decisions.

Violence within a relationship will not end without some form of intervention.

Children's Inn services are provided regardless of race, color, religion, sex or national origin.

National Statistics

  • One in four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
  • Battering is the number one cause of injury to women.
  • Every nine seconds a battering incident occurs.
  • 4,000 women die annually from partner abuse.
  • Almost five children die every day as a result of child abuse. More than three out of four are younger than four years old.
  • Fifty percent of homeless women and children are fleeing domestic violence.
  • As estimated 3.3 million children witness domestic violence each year.
  • Every two minutes someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted.
  • A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds.

Violence and abuse are a reality in our communities. Local help is available...

Crisis Hotline: (605) 338-4880
Toll Free: 1-888-378-7398

Supported in part by United Way.

"Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for giving us a place to go when we had nowhere and being so very kind and nice to us."
Alice, age 29

"There aren't enough words to appropriately express my gratitude to the staff. They encouraged and supported me through my most difficult times. I will make it a goal to advocated and support you in any way possible to give back what was given to me, a belief in myself and knowing I am worthy of good things."
Shari, age 47

Children's Inn
Love, Hope & Safety

409 N. Western Ave. - Sioux Falls, SD 57104
(605)338-0116
www.chssd.org/childrens inn

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Children's Inn
Serving Victims of Domestic Violence