Domestic Abuse Service Center
IMPORTANT UPDATE (February 25, 2021): To maintain the safety and well-being of Hennepin County community members and staff during the Derek Chauvin trial, 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.
The provisional remote services access room in the Government Center—LL0720—will be closed indefinitely on March 1. Those who need to access services should call (612) 348-5073.
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.