Kristi Noem: More help needed to fight domestic violence, trafficking


Services to help survivors of sexual and domestic violence and human trafficking have come a long way in South Dakota, but victims are still in great need, a group of local experts told Rep. Kristi Noem this week.

Noem visited Sioux Falls Thursday afternoon and met with local advocates, service-providers and law enforcement about the challenges they face fighting sexual and domestic violence and human trafficking in Minnehaha County.

The overarching theme from advocates was a need for more money to employ counselors, psychiatrists and other mental health experts who can help survivors and addicts, especially in rural areas. Local law enforcement also discussed how drugs are infiltrating and amplifying many local violence and trafficking cases.

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