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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 crisis line at (651) 777-1117 or our business office at (651) 251-5079.

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.

Community Education

Canvas Health also offers community education on a range of topics relating to violence and abuse.

Download information about Abuse Response Services Education Programs here.

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Abuse Response Services Support Group

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 Tara Kline, Abuse Response Services Manager, at (651) 600-9399 to set up a quick informational session to join.

The group meets every Tuesday 5-6 p.m. via Zoom.

Download a flier about the sexual violence support group here.

Crisis Line, Appointments & Educational Presentations

24/7 Rape & Sexual Violence Crisis Line

(651) 777-1117

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To schedule an educational presentation

Tara Kline, Abuse Response Services

(651) 600-9399

Meet The Team

Tara Kline

Abuse Response Services Therapist/Supervisor

As both a therapist and a sexual assault advocate I am committed to the belief that all people deserve to live free of violence and the fear of violence. I am invested in creating an environment where people can heal from their trauma. I strive to create an empowering, safe atmosphere that helps survivors and their families.

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Specialty Areas

  • Sexual Assault Education, Therapy & Crisis Services
  • Trauma therapy for sexual and domestic violence victims and survivors. Specific areas of diversity expertise include: LGBTQ+ and women’s issues, multi-cultural experiences with a range of nationalities and cultures. I use a mixture of feminist therapy along with other anti-racist modalities.
  • I also specialize in providing advocacy for victim/survivors of sexual violence, primary prevention education for the prevention of sexual violence and counseling that is specific to victim/survivors and their families.
  • Ages Served: 13+

Professional Experience

I have been in trauma work for over 10 years working with victim/survivors of sexual assault. Outpatient general mental health therapy for more than 2 years. I am trained to work with all forms of mental health issues and needs.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Gender, Women, and Sexuality - University of Minnesota
  • Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy - St. Mary's University, Minnesota

Marianne Mersch

Abuse Response Advocate

My focus is facilitating an environment that inspires opportunity and independence, while problem solving and improving the lives of others in my community.

Clinic Locations

  • Community-Based

Specialty Areas

  • Sexual Assault Education, Therapy, and Crisis Services
  • Ages Served: 13+
  • Abuse and Trauma

Professional Experience

Currently working part-time as an abuse response advocate for Canvas Health, providing support and resources to victims of sexual violence. I also work full time as a social worker for Washington County in adult mental health, managing a case load and civil commitments with the courts. I am also a Housing Quality Inspector, inspecting units and homes, ensuring minimum housing quality standards are met.


  • Public Health - University of Tampa, Tampa FL

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