The Kansas City Missouri Police Department responds to approximately 5,000 domestic violence calls a year. That’s an average of almost 14 calls a day requesting help.
One case of domestic violence is too many, but if that call is yours, our officers and social workers are trained to help you.
If you are the victim of domestic violence, you are not alone. It is far too common. According to the CDC, about 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men have experienced contact sexual violence, physical violence, or stalking by an intimate partner.
KCPD’s Domestic Violence Unit is dedicated to understanding abuse in intimate partner relationships. They continually train with community partners who are solely focused on helping victims of abuse. Additionally, the Unit assists people suffering from harassment & stalking, elder abuse, violations of probation, domestic violence robberies and domestic violence property damage.
According to the Department of Justice: domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, psychological, or technological actions or threats of actions or other patterns of coercive behavior that influence another person within an intimate partner relationship.
You may be in abusive relationship if your partner*:
- Threatens to hurt you or other people you care about
- Hits, kicks, punches, pushes, chokes or uses physical force against you
- Criticizes or blames you for everything that goes wrong
- Humiliates you in front of other people
- Controls your access to money
- Control the decision-making in your relationship
- Controls your time and actions
- Puts you down, calls you names, makes you feel like you’re crazy
- Destroys your property or abuses your pets
- Threatens to hurt you or commit suicide if you leave
- Forces or coerces you to have sex when you don’t want to
(* examples are courtesy of Women’s Advocates)
You are not alone. Help is available, locally and nationally.
Shelters Available for Victims of Domestic Violence
Please call 816-HOTLINE or 816-468-5463.
This phone is answered 24 hours a day, and you will be able to get information free of charge on housing, financial aid, medical aid, counseling services and shelters.
Eastern Jackson County
Hope House provides safe, confidential shelter for adults and children, serving as a short-term safe house. Hope House also provide counseling for both adults and children.
Kansas City South
The mission of Rose Brooks Center is to break the cycle of domestic violence so that individuals and families can live free of abuse. Rose Brooks helps hundreds of domestic violence survivors, their children and pets, seek shelter while escaping violence each year, while thousands more are served outside of shelter through groundbreaking community programs.
Kansas City North
Synergy House/Safe Haven
Synergy Services provides care to assist individuals and families with immediate respite from violence. Program offerings include crisis hotlines, emergency shelter, transitional housing, therapeutic services, advocacy, mentoring and violence prevention programs.
Northeast Kansas City
Newhouse is Kansas City’s longest-running domestic violence shelter, helping survivors of domestic violence escape abuse and find safe shelter. Newhouse is now the second shelter in the Kansas City Metro Area to have an attorney on staff. The goal of their legal services program is to empower survivors and help them understand and navigate the civil and criminal legal process.
Mattie Rhodes Center
The Domestic Violence Program was started in June 2000. The Mattie Rhodes Center provides counseling and support to help emotionally and physically abused women reclaim their lives. The program gives special consideration to Hispanic and Spanish-speaking women who, for a variety of reasons, typically do not utilize existing community resources to escape from violent homes.
AdHoc Group Against Crime
Provides referrals and therapy for victims of violent crime.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
** Some shelters provide child care, please inquire when calling**
Jennifer Miller, Victim Advocate, in the Victim Services Office of the Violent Crimes Division is available to speak with any crime victim regarding the Crime Victim Compensation program. You can contact Jennifer at 816-234-5205 or Jennifer.Miller@kcpd.org.
Additionally, each of KCPD’s Patrol Stations also provides a social worker who can help provide resources. You can call each station and ask to speak to the social worker.
Access to the Missouri State Courts Automated Case Management System. You are able to inquire on case records including docket entries, parties, judgments and charges in public court.
VINE is a victim notification network. It allows survivors, victims of crime, and other concerned citizens to access timely information about offenders or criminal cases in U.S. jails and prisons. You can search for and register to receive notification about the custody status of an offender
Missouri Victim Automated Notification System
A fully automated, information notification system that immediately notifies registered users upon a change in an offender’s incarceration and court status.
Crime Victim’s Compensation Program
Administered by the Department of Public Safety and is designed to financially assist victims who have sustained bodily or psychological injury in paying for medical expenses, counseling expenses, funeral expenses and lost wages or support. Go to the web site or call 1-800-347-6881.
The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project (KCAVP)
KCAVP is a Missouri 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation committed to providing domestic violence, sexual assault, and bias crimes advocacy and education to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community.
Elder Abuse and Neglect Hotline
Investigating abuse of older persons who live in the community or in long term care facilities.
Division of Senior and Disabilities Services
Jefferson City, MO