Connections Duluth is a collaboration that brings together Access North Center for Independent Living of Northeastern Minnesota (Access North), Arc Northland, Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP), Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA), and Safe Haven Shelter and Resource Center for Battered Women. The work of Connections Duluth is centered in the understanding that people who are marginalized by mainstream culture experience victimization at higher rates. Based on this understanding, the collaboration has kept vulnerable groups such as people with disabilities, American Indians, and other people of color at the center of their work.
Our Unique Contribution
Connections Duluth has not only addressed issues related to disability, but has incorporated other cultural factors that impact an individual’s experience of violence/abuse and disability. Based on the demographics of the region they have been able to focus on the experience and cultural perspective of the American Indian community. As part of their work this collaboration have provided the staff at each organization with unique training opportunities, developed a website for sharing resources across agencies, and created a template of adaptable policies and procedures for service organizations.