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Are You In Danger?

Some signs of domestic abuse can be more subtle than others, which can make it difficult for you to determine if you are in a dangerous situation or not. However, domestic violence is about power and control, and even seemingly small signs can point to a much larger issue. At Working Against Violence, Inc. (WAVI), we're here to guide you in assessing your case and coming up with a solution that allows you to safely leave a dangerous situation.

If you are in immediate danger, please call 911 or the National Domestic Violence Hotline:
800-799-SAFE (7233)

Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) Hotline:
800-656-HOPE (4673)

Working Against Violence, Inc (WAVI) Crisis Line:
888-716-WAVI (9284)

Power and control wheel includes explanations about using coercion and threats, intimidation, emotional abuse, isolation, children, male privilege, and economic abuse as well as minimizing, denying, and blaming victims of abuse.
Signs of Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a systematic pattern of controlling, coercive and violent behaviors intended to punish, abuse and ultimately control the thoughts, beliefs and actions of another. Some of the signs of domestic violence include:

  • Isolation
  • Threats of suicide
  • Intimidation
  • Destruction of property
  • Insults
  • Denying
  • Hitting
  • Restraining
  • Manipulation
  • Blackmail
  • Minimizing
  • And many more

Click here to learn more about the signs of domestic violence, as well as how you can get help.

Signs of Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is an act of violence, any non-consensual or unwanted sexual touching or sexual act. Sexual assault is an expression of anger, power and aggression. It’s about control and domination, not about sex. Sexual assault is a crime, and includes:

  • Acquaintance or date rape
  • Marital rape
  • Sexual harassment
  • Indecent exposure
  • Stranger rape
  • Incest
  • Any unwanted sexual contact
  • Child molestation
  • Voyeurism

Click here to learn more about the signs of sexual assault, as well as how you can get help.

Local Law Enforcement and Emergency Services

Pennington County Sheriffs Office

Dispatch - 605 394-2151 Investigations - 605 394-6115

Rapid City Police Department

Dispatch - 605 391-4131 Investigations - 605 391-4134

Box Elder Police Department

605 923-1402

Rapid City Regional Emergency

605 719-8222

Sioux San Hospital

605 355-2500


Create a Safety Plan

Click the button below for easy-to-use forms that help you develop a strategy for safety in the case of a violent event. There is an extensive plan, and a shortened version.

Personalized Safety Plan


Reporting Abuse

To report abuse, contact your local law enforcement agency or dial 911. If you would like a Case Manager to accompany you throughout this process, please contact WAVI at 605-341-3292 or 888-716-9284 (WAVI).

When reporting abuse, you have the following rights:

  • The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy.
  • The right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender.
  • The right to be notified of court proceedings.
  • The right to be present at all public court proceedings related to the offense, unless the court determines that testimony by the victim would be materially affected if the victim heard other testimony at trial.
  • The right to confer with the attorney for the government in the case.
  • The right to restitution.
  • The right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender.

How WAVI Can Help

If you need help leaving an unsafe situation, WAVI is here for you. We provide a women, children and men's shelter, a 24/7 hotline, assistance with case management, information for additional community resources and more. With WAVI, you can rest assured that you have a caring team in your corner.

We are an equal opportunity provider and our services are offered at no cost to clients.

WAVI Services and Resources


What do the colors purple and teal stand for?

You may notice the colors purple and teal are used throughout our website, as well as on other WAVI materials. In addition to being beautiful colors, they also hold a significant meaning.

Teal represents sexual assault and sexual violence awareness and support.
Purple represents domestic violence awareness.

Please stand with us in spreading awareness for both of these important causes!


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Fact: Domestic violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.