The mission of the Violence Prevention Center is to serve individuals and families in Cook County affected by domestic and sexual violence and to act as a catalyst in building healthy relationships and developing a community where violence is not tolerated.

Violence Prevention Center. Cascade Building, 21 W. 2nd St., Grand Marais, MN 55604.

(218) 387-1262. (218) 387-1237.


free & confidential


24-Hour Crisis Line

(218) 387-1237


Our trained advocates are on call 24/7 via phone to offer support and resources.


Although we can not give legal advice we can support you through a  variety of legal processes both civil and criminal including applying for restraining orders.

Information & Referrals

We can help you find the information you need to make the decisions that are right for you, as well as refer you to additional resources both within and ouside of Cook County.


Unsure if you want to report to law enforcement? 

We can help you explore your options so you can make the decisions that are right for you.

Support & Educational Groups

We provide support groups for survivors, as well as community and school education around healthy relationships, unhealthy relationships, body safety, and domestic and sexual violence. Need a speaker or educational programming for an event or class? We can create an educational experience for children pre-k to 6th grade learning about body safety, teens learning about dating violence and sexual assault, and adults learning about the effects of violence in our community. 

Lending Library

We have a library of over 650 books available to everyone. Books can be checked out from our office directly, or via the Grand Marais Public Library Catalog.

Emergency Short Term Safe Housing

If you feel unsafe in your home, we can provide

short- term, 

emergency safe housing.


We can accompany you to the hospital or clinic for medical care. We can advocate for what you need and support you through the process.

 Emotional Support

If you want to talk confidentially we will listen, believe and support you. Anyone is welcome to call our crisis line anonymously to speak to a trained advocate. 

Anyone can be subjected to or affected by domestic and/or sexual violence regardless of age, race, gender identity/expression, ethnicity, national origin, abilities, immigration status, sexual orientation, religion, or socioeconomic status. The VPC does not discriminate and works with anyone who currently is or has been subjected to or affected by domestic and/or sexual violence. We work with primary survivors of domestic and/or sexual violence as well as secondary survivors. Secondary survivors are those who are close to the primary survivor and suffer consequences of the violence alongside the primary survivor. Secondary survivors can be friends, family, co-workers, neighbors, teachers, religious leaders, coaches, community members etc. Our staff and volunteers create a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment for everyone.

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If you are in danger, call 911 or our crisis line at (218) 387-1237 

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