Outcomes & Impact

Empowering Survivors with Successful Intervention

The St. Paul and Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Project's (SPIP's) successful intervention and transitional services achieve promising results each year. Our services reach victims of diverse economic and professional backgrounds, ages, sexual orientations and identities, gender identities and languages, as well as varying spiritual beliefs. Every advocacy encounter is tailored to each victim's unique needs and situation.

Who We Serve

SPIP serves victims of domestic violence and their children, who have suffered isolation, physical and mental abuse, are in danger and live-in genuine fear, and are at imminent risk of homelessness.

Of the estimated 6,200 victims served each year:

  • The majority are primarily from the St. Paul and Ramsey County areas
  • The majority have dependent children, with 62% of those having one to two children; 32% two to four children, and over 6% five or more children
  • 96% identified as female and 4% identified as male
  • Participants’ Race/Ethnicity = 12% Hispanic/Latinx; 38% African American; 2% American Indian; 16% Asian/SE Asian Pacific Islander; 28% European American; 4% Multi-racial
  • 10% were homeless and over 70% were assisted in sustaining their housing
  • 7% identified as LGBTQIA+, 19% were new immigrants/refugees; 16% had limited English proficiency, and 4% had a physical/mental disability
  • Due to the impact of the abuse, the majority were at or below the poverty level when attempting to be free of the abusive situation

Our Impact

SPIP's holistic, collaborative approach has transformed systems, attitudes and the response to domestic violence. The results of our work are:

Victims and their children have increased safety and protections, greatly reducing continued emotional abuse, reoccurring injury, risk of imminent harm and domestic homicides

Victims better understand how trauma is expressed emotionally, physically and cognitively in primary and secondary victims, and ways of coping with the residual effects of trauma

Victims’ isolation is broken through them telling their story and being believed and helped

Victims have an increased safety net of community-based and government resources that address the short-, mid- and long-term needs of the victim and their children

Victims experience self-empowerment as barriers are removed through advocacy, knowledge and support

Victims access support, services and resources that contribute to long-term stability, moving from crisis and survival to strength and flourishing

Victims increasing their self-awareness regarding the impact of domestic violence on them and their children

Victims realize that they and their family are valued and that there is an entire community that cares about their well-being