Synergy Services

Ending violence in our community requires a comprehensive approach of efforts to provide safe places for victims of violence, to empower survivors to rise above their circumstances and to educate the entire community.  Through integrated programs in the areas of residential services, clinical services and community education, Synergy touched more than 40,000 people last year.

Among Them:

  • Almost 1,300 women and children found refuge in our shelters, while our hotlines handled 4,456 calls.
  • Synergy’s therapists saw over 3,000 patients for a total of almost 7,000 individual sessions, 1,400 family sessions and 8,500 group sessions.
  • Over 20,000 people participated in our community education programs to empower and educate people to overcome or avoid violence.
  • Many others participated in mentoring programs, received help with court proceedings, or benefited from another of Synergy’s programs.

MinCAVA Electronic Clearinghouse

We are an online resource community only.  Our services are limited to electronic information delivery. We do not provide direct or emergency assistance for persons experiencing violence; therefore, we do not provide counseling services, financial assistance, or legal advice. Please contact your local service providers if you are seeking such assistance.

The Minnesota Center against Violence and Abuse (MinCAVA) has information on these subjects:  child abuse, domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, trafficking, workplace violence, youth violence and more.  Most information is in PDF form, but some are in regular text or web pages.

Geropsychology Central

“building a bridge between the past and the future…”

Geropsychology Central helps those who are concerned with helping older persons and their families maintain well-being, overcome problems, and achieve maximum potential during later life stages. This site involves people who have particular knowledge, skill, training and experience related to the aging process, and in dealing with older persons and the special issues that affect them.

In other words, this site is beneficial to those who are in the aging process and how to better keep their wits about them and decrease the possibility of dementia and/or alzheimers.

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence

Domestic violence should never, ever happen.  No one should abuse anyone, ever.

Unfortunately, it does occur, and there has to be ways to help overcome the madness that domestic violence is.

The National Resource Center on Domestic Violence is one of those ways to overcome.  It is the NRCDV’s mission to improve societal and community responses to domestic violence and, ultimately, prevent its occurrence. We provide a wide range of free, comprehensive, and individualized technical assistance, training, and specialized resource materials and projects designed to enhance current intervention and prevention strategies.

Our Sponsor


U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association

In 1975, the U.S. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (USPRA) and its members developed and defined the practice of psychosocial/ psychiatric rehabilitation, establishing these services as integral to community-based treatment and leading the recovery movement. Today, with nearly 1,400 members, USPRA is the preeminent association advancing the practice of psychiatric rehabilitation and recovery.

The ARC

We are the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental disabilities.

Survivors International

Survivors International was founded in 1990 by a clinician who felt compelled by a deep sense of betrayal by his own profession when he read a medical article about doctors’ and psychologists’ roles in designing and carrying out torture in many parts of the world. We grew out of this need to serve the population of refugees and immigrants who had survived torture and/or war trauma in their home countries. While the torturer’s aim is to destroy the victim by inflicting excruciating physical pain and terrifying mental abuse, the goal of Survivors International is precisely the opposite: to strengthen and rebuild a sense of self and trust in humanity. We are a multi-disciplinary network of professionals and volunteers from the fields of medicine, psychology, social work, public health, and human rights dedicated to helping those who have been affected by torture to pick up the pieces after all sense of basic trust has been lost. Through this network Survivors International provides necessary services to survivors at minimal or no cost. Survivors International also provides training programs for individuals and agencies working with refugees and immigrants to improve their understanding of the experience of torture and its psychological impact on the person, so that treatment interventions can be optimized.

Torture victims come to Survivors International because they are in pain for reasons that are unique to their torture. They do not feel physically well. Their joints hurt where they were hung from the ceiling; their muscles are sore where their legs were stretched; their noses are misshapen; and teeth are broken where rifle butts were taken to their faces. They have headaches, trouble sleeping, nightmares, and memories which flood their thoughts. These are the symptoms of trauma we wish to heal and ultimately eliminate.

The Who Cares? Trust

The Who Cares? Trust is a voice and a champion for children and young people in the UK living in care.   The site is also beneficial for other countries as well.

Despite recent advances in policy and legislation, many children in care still face a future of extreme under-achievement, instability and poverty. All too often, these young people are on the outside looking in on the opportunities their peers experience as a matter of course. They can feel socially excluded for their whole lifetime; their trust and self-esteem can be so undermined that they are unable to achieve their full potential. They have to cope with obstacles far beyond the normal milestones of development experienced by all children as they grow up.

The Who Cares? Trust was set up as a charity in 1992 to improve the everyday lives and future life chances of these children, of whom there are currently 74,000 around the UK. The charity grew out of the magazine Who Cares? (started in 1985) which we still publish today.

As well as helping thousands of children in care directly through our publications and projects, we also help bring about change by guiding and influencing those responsible for children in care. We help them to think and do differently, with the needs and perspective of the child at the centre.

We give young people in care a voice through their involvement in our magazines and publications, and by helping them relay their concerns and views to decision-makers in local and central government.

With the right help and people in their lives who believe in them, every child in care can thrive. The Who Cares? Trust is dedicated to making this vision a reality.