Registration for the Sexual Violence Institute is NOW OPEN!

The South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault is excited to announce that registration for the 2023 Sexual Violence Institute is NOW OPEN! Please click here for the tentative agenda.

Please register at by March 30th. There is NO registration cost to attend. All travel costs are on your own, however there are very limited scholarships available to assist with travel costs. Please contact Kathy at or call 605-731-0041 for more information.

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Spearfish Holiday Inn and will be held until March 11th. Please call the hotel at 605-642-4683 and mention the SD Network to reserve a room.

Please note that snacks and lunch will be provided each day thanks to the generous sponsorship of Native Hope.

Sexual Assault White Paper

Sexual Assault White Paper

Background & Purpose: In 1999, the South Dakota Network Against Family Violence and Sexual Assault (The Network) began operation to meet its mission: “Working together to promote victims’ rights for a safer South Dakota.” The Network is a state-level non-profit agency focused on addressing violence through the life course, with an emphasis on domestic violence and sexual assault. This document focuses specifically on The Network’s efforts to address sexual violence across South Dakota.

Report Process: The Network contracted with the Center for Rural Health Improvement (CRHI) in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine (USD) for this report. This report was completed by Bridget Diamond-Welch, Ph.D. Diamond-Welch is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Associate Director of CRHI overseeing the team’s research & evaluation portfolio. Diamond[1]Welch has over a decade of experience with research, data management, and analysis. Her research specialization is in interpersonal violence with a focus on sexualized victimization. Diamond-Welch’s efforts were assisted by Network staff and interns. The staff and interns provided overviews of The Network’s program operations.