Victim Services: Counseling & Advocacy Team, The Compass Center

The Compass Center

Serving the area since 1976, The Compass Center believes the Sioux Falls community has the power to stop violence, and it works to both educate the community and empower survivors of sexual and domestic violence.

The Compass Center provides crisis intervention, counseling and advocacy services to children, adolescents and adult survivors. They are dedicated to removing as many barriers as possible between a victim of violence and the resources they need to find healing. Because the number one barrier tends to be the cost associated with services, The Compass Center is committed to offering free survivor services regardless of income or insurance status.

In addition to typical one-on-one counseling, The Compass Center also offers specialized services at no additional cost. These include Play Therapy for children ages 3-12, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Therapy and ParentChild Interaction Therapy. They also offer a 24/7 Rape Crisis Hotline for immediate access to crisis intervention services.

In addition to individualized client services, The Compass Center also provides educational training to local groups.

Trainings available include Safe Bars for local service industry workers, It’s Our Business for preventing harassment and violence in small to medium-sized businesses, Prison Rape Elimination Act training for correctional facility officers and staff, Bystander Intervention training and Dating Violence/Healthy Relationships sessions for school-aged groups and college students.

“It is rare to find such a wide array of victim services, combined with a depth of expertise in trauma-informed care and specialized services, all under one roof. It is even rarer to find these services available at no cost to the clients,” Chief Development Officer Jason Lemke said. “The counseling staff are all highly-trained, master’s-level counselors, several of whom hold specialized licensure. The advocacy coordinator is credentialed at both the state and national level.”

The Compass Center

1704 S Cleveland Ave, Suite 3
Sioux Falls, SD 57103


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