NCTC To Host Speaker Cari Flory To Highlight Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Violence Intervention Project will host presenter, Cari Flory, a survivor of domestic abuse at Northland Community and Technical College on October 25. Cari will share her inspirational journey during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The presentation will be held Tuesday, October 25 at 1 p.m. in the Gunderson Commons on NCTC’s Thief River Falls campus. It is open to the public and free of charge.

This will be Cari’s return to public speaking after situations beyond her control stripped her of her 27-year profession as a public speaker, singer, and songwriter seven years ago. She will share the story of her journey out of domestic violence into a healthy state of self-worth, self-care, self-love and confidence. She will also highlight the key element of success in these situations and how victims of domestic violence can rise to a place of confidence within them and stand strong.

According to the Violence Intervention Project (VIP), “Cari arrived at VIP broken and defeated. During her stay with us she began to regain her identity, heal and gain strength to go forward into a new life. Students focusing on becoming health professionals, law enforcement professionals, social workers and others interested in human survival will benefit from hearing Cari’s story. We encourage educators and staff, along with community members to attend.”

Violence Intervention Project (VIP) was originally conceived in May 1990 by two groups of concerned local citizens: the Martha Ripley Alliance and Project Safe. VIP is a private non-profit agency that serves victims of domestic & sexual violence in Red Lake, Pennington, Marshall, Kittson and Roseau Counties. Victims of domestic or sexual violence who are in Minnesota or anywhere in the United States may be served via a call to VIP’s crisis line (1-800-666-6667). Shelter may be provided to victims coming from any location. Victims may access advocacy services at VIP’s office in Thief River Falls on a 24/7 basis.

Any questions about the presentation can be answered by Kelsy Blowers, Counselor, Northland Community and Technical College, 218-683-8543 or Sandi Bentley, Executive Director, Violence Intervention Project, 218-681-5557.

Northland Community and Technical College (NCTC) is a comprehensive college with campuses in Thief River Falls, MN, and East Grand Forks, MN. NCTC also has an aerospace site in Thief River Falls, MN, and a satellite site in Roseau, MN. NCTC offers certificates, diplomas, transfer courses, two-year degrees (A.A.S., A.S., A.A.) in more than 80 areas of study, workforce training and education programs. NCTC is a member of Minnesota State, the fourth-largest system of two-year colleges and four-year universities in the United States, and is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer. For more information about Northland Community & Technical College, visit or call 1.800.959.6282.