Lewis House Shelters
360 Communities operates two Lewis House Shelters that provide emergency housing and assistance to individuals and families escaping from domestic or sexual violence. At the Lewis House, trained advocates offer emotional support, safety planning, referrals to community resources and help in navigating the court system.
360 Communities opened our first Lewis House in 1979, and since then we have grown to two locations. With Lewis Houses in Eagan and in Hastings, we provide victims of domestic and sexual violence safe housing as they recover and build a successful and safe future.
360 Communities Lewis House advocates walk with survivors through the legal process, helping fill out orders for protection, attending court hearings and providing information.
- Attend criminal and civil hearings with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in all three court houses in Dakota County (West St. Paul, Apple Valley and Hastings).
- Are trained to assist with writing Orders for Protection, Harassment Restraining Orders, and Victim Impact Statements. It is always best practice for survivors to have a trained advocate assist with writing an order.
- Make referrals to the legal clinic, held by Legal Assistance of Dakota County at each Lewis House location each month, where questions about family law issues can be answered.
At 360 Communities, we offer support groups for women or children experiencing domestic or sexual violence as well as groups for secondary victims. Please visit our Sexual Assault Services page to fill out our interest form and get connected with a group today.
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