Domestic Abuse Service Center
IMPORTANT UPDATE: To maintain the safety and well-being of Hennepin County community members and staff, all services available at the Domestic Abuse Service Center will be provided remotely until further notice. These remote services, including advocacy, Orders for Protection, and safety planning, can be accessed by calling (612) 348-5073.
We strongly encourage individuals to contact the services number—(612) 348-5073—before coming to the Domestic Abuse Service Center.
However, if someone finds themselves in the Government Center seeking help concerning domestic abuse, a conference room has been set up on the same level equipped with phones to call the services number: (612) 348-5073. The room is LL0720—a video has been created with directions for reference.
Director of the Domestic Abuse Service Center DeAna Smith, spoke with the University of Minnesota School of Public Health about domestic violence during the pandemic. Listen to the podcast here.
The Domestic Abuse Service Center (DASC) recently celebrated its 25th anniversary in October, 2019. Since 1994, DASC has helped more than 1.5 million victims, filed 90,000 Orders for Protection, and charged more than 60,000 Gone on Arrivals.
Over the past 25 years, DASC has evolved, though always proudly adhering to their mission statement "to respond to the needs of victims of domestic violence through a trauma informed lens delivered by a diverse and inclusive staff that reflect the community we serve.”
Victims come to DASC daily seeking help, guidance and support. They can receive multiple services in one centralized location, such as, advocacy, filing order for protections, connecting with a prosecution team, and seeking legal consultation and representation from pro-bono attorneys.
DASC is located on the lower level of the Hennepin County Government Center behind the cafeteria. It is served by multiple bus routes and the Government Plaza Station on the METRO Blue Line.
It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, closed legal holidays.