Direct Services

Nisaa functions as a resource advocate and support for the African communities in Iowa affected by domestic violence and sexual assault by providing crisis advocacy; safety plans, individual and group counseling; liaising with the law enforcement, employers and educational institutions; criminal justice and legal advocacy. Court accompaniment; immigration assistance; for instance; VAWA or U-Visa applications; medical care support and advocacy. Help with housing, education, employment, and government benefit applications, finding child care; assistance with victim’s compensation, registration and notification; follow-ups; and any information and recommendations related to needs of victims/survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault. Nisaa Family services for instance, could include helping a victim first obtain a protective order and find safe housing, and later possibly get legal help from a pro bono attorney and accompany the victim to court hearings. Nisaa collaborates with other agencies and organizations with the objective of providing better services to the victims.