The Network is a state-level non-profit agency comprised of caring people dealing with the concerns of domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Our member programs employ and support individuals of all racial, social, religious and economic groups, ages, abilities, and lifestyles. Rural, urban and tribal areas are proudly represented. The Network believes that the abuse of power in society fosters domestic violence, rape, gender inequality, racism, and poverty by perpetuating conditions in which certain groups benefit from the domination of others.
We believe that domestic violence results from the use of force or threat to achieve and maintain control over others in intimate relationships. The Network opposes the use of violence as a means of control over others and supports equality in relationships.
All of our programs and services are rooted firmly in the belief that people victimized by crime have the right to assume power over their own lives by making informed choices regarding their empowerment journey. The Network is dedicated to the empowerment of those victimized by domestic or sexual violence.
Therefore, we are passionate about eliminating personal and societal violence and welcome the help of all people as allies. We believe in a world free of violence and we are committed to turning this dream into a reality. The Network envisions a world free of violence. We are committed to making this dream a reality by diligently working in collaboration with other community allies to advance prevention endeavors and improve response efforts across our state. Networking with other entities in our community creates avenues to impact long-term systemic and social change.
Mission: Working together to promote victim rights for a safer South Dakota.
Vision: Committed to advancing prevention endeavors, improving response efforts and advocacy by diligently working within our communities, across our State and in our Tribal Nations.
The staff of the Network is comprised of passionate professionals with many years of experience in the field:
Executive Director: Krista Heeren-Graber
Assistant Director: Kathy Rutten
Financial Director: Bonnie Tschetter
Grants Compliance Supervisor: Eric Lingen
Business Manager: Vien Hall
Director of Program Development and Evaluation: Christy VanDeWetering
Grants Manager: Raina Boyum
Grants Project Manager: Olivia Boese
FAST Coordinator: Tanya M. Grassel-Krietlow
Grants Project Specialist: Annie McMillan
TA Coordinator West River: Mike McCormick
Prevention Specialist: Brandi Storgaard
Attorney Consultant and Adviser: Tracey Dollison Decker
Contracts and Procurement Specialist: Mike Rutten
Intern: Megan Timmerman