domestic violence

Tribes Gain Better Access to National Crime Databases

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – A federal program for Native American tribes to access national crime information databases is expanding. The number of participants in the Tribal Access Program is expected to rise from 47 to 72 by the end of 2019. The tribes can use the databases to do background checks, and see outstanding warrants and domestic violence protection orders. The…

Take Back the Night Event Supports Domestic Violence Victims and Survivors

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — One in four women fall victim to domestic violence. A Sioux Falls survivor is speaking out on the anniversary of her attack hoping to raise awareness. An empowerment walk kicked off Take Back the Night. It’s an event to support those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. “To take back what’s been taken away from them…

Bison Man Posts $1M Cash Bond In Kidnapping, Rape Case

BISON, S.D. (AP) – A Bison man has posted $1 million in cash to bond out after being charged with kidnapping and rape. A Perkins County grand jury’s indictment of 55-year-old Richard Seidel stems from a Nov. 2 incident. Seidel also faces domestic violence and gun-related charges. Seidel was released on Monday after posting the $1 million in cash via…

Why Protection Orders Often Don’t Work

Local victims advocacy organization shares how family, friends can help a loved one in trouble

Michelle Markgraf from the Sioux Falls based Compass Center talks about the tragic loss of a young mother from Mitchell, why 36-year-old Marie Brinker may have let her husband come back home even after filing a protection order, and the resources available for families facing a situation of domestic violence. Brinker suffocated after having a sock stuffed in her mouth,…

Compass Center Hosting “It’s In The Bag” Benefit

The Compass Center in Sioux Falls is a non-profit organization that serves survivors of domestic and sexual violence. Since their services are free of charge, the Compass Center holds benefits to fund their efforts, including their “It’s In The Bag” event. The event will include a silent auction, raffle prizes, giveaways and much more. It will be held tomorrow night, Tuesday,…