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Canvas Health’s Abuse Response Services serves victims of sexual assault and teen relationship abuse in Washington County. The program offers a range of services, including 24-hour telephone crisis response, short-term counseling, 24/7 response to local hospital emergency rooms, support groups, legal advocacy, Safe at Home application assistance and community education. All services are free.
If you have experienced a sexual assault or dating violence, call our 24 hour helpline at (651) 777-1117 .
You may call also call our business office at (651) 251-5079 to request information or schedule an education presentation.
Canvas Health works with victims of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation. If you would like to access these services, please call (651) 777-1117. Read more about sex trafficking and sexual exploitation here.
Canvas Health also offers community education on a range of topics relating to violence and abuse. Download our education flier for a list of topics and more info!
Contact ARS_info@canvashealth.org for more information or to schedule a presentation.
The Sexual Violence Support Group is a free support group for Washington County residents (ages 18+) who have experienced sexual abuse. Learn about the culture surrounding sexual violence, common reactions and feelings, as well as coping skills that may aid in the healing process. This group will offer a variety of psychoeducation topics, as well as mind and body techniques.
Contact us at ARS_info@canvashealth.org to set up a quick informational session to join.
The group meets every Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. via Zoom.
Download a flier about the sexual violence support group here.
Prevention and Education Specialist
I believe in meeting people where they are to support changes they want to make in their lives.
I have worked in crisis advocacy for more than 4 years supporting victims/survivors or sexual violence and domestic abuse.
24/7 Rape & Sexual Violence Crisis Line: (651) 777-1117
To schedule an educational presentation: ARS_info@canvashealth.org; (651) 251-5079
Abuse Response Service Advocate
Jessica believes that every woman deserves to live a life free from violence and exploitation, and she will continue to fight for that goal as long as she is able. Her passion and dedication serve as an inspiration to all who work in this important field.
Jessica Smith is a Native American woman and an Anti-Trafficking Advocate at Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center. She has dedicated her life to helping women who have been victims of sex trafficking and domestic violence, using her own experiences as a survivor to inform and inspire her work. Jessica’s journey began as a survivor of trafficking and domestic violence herself. She understands the pain, trauma, and long-lasting impact that such experiences can have on a person’s life. Despite the challenges she faced, Jessica refused to let her experiences define her. Instead, she used them as a source of strength and inspiration to become a survivor advocate for other women who have been through similar experiences. Jessica’s work is deeply rooted in her passion for community advocacy, MMIW Crisis, Sex trafficking, culture, and trauma-informed care. She believes that these are the key components that can help survivors heal and recover from their experiences. Over the past five years, Jessica has worked tirelessly as an advocate, using her expertise and experience to provide support and guidance to women in need. Jessica’s work as an advocate has taken many forms. She has worked in a youth shelter, providing a safe and supportive environment for young women who have been victims of trafficking and domestic violence. She has also engaged in street outreach, connecting with women who are living on the streets and may be vulnerable to trafficking and other forms of exploitation. In addition to her work with individual women, Jessica is also deeply committed to raising awareness about the issue of sex trafficking and domestic violence.
She believes that education and advocacy are key tools in the fight against these pervasive problems, and she has worked tirelessly to raise awareness in her community and beyond. Despite the challenges she has faced, Jessica remains deeply committed to her work.