Business Office: 573-642-1418  Fax: 573-642-7706

24-Hour Help Line

Calling our 24-Hour Help Line

CARDV’s help line is available 24/7 to victims and survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault, and for those who may not be sure whether or not their relationship is abusive.  Calling the help line does not commit you to further services and is confidential.

During an initial help line phone call, you can share your situation with an experienced, non-judgmental victim advocate.  Our victim advocates can answer questions you may have about different types of abuse, what kind of help is available and how to access it, and emergency safety planning.  The victim advocate’s goal is to support you and empower you in the decisions that you believe are the best for your life situation.

You can also call the help line for immediate crisis intervention to assist you to a safe location, access medical services immediately after an assault, or assist you with completing orders of protection.  We can help you access emergency temporary shelter if you are facing an immediate threat of abuse.

Before you call, make sure you are in a safe place.  If it is an emergency, please call 911.

Safety Planning

Safety planning is critical for individuals that want an organized plan to avoid or to react to danger scenarios. If you feel like you may be in an abusive situation, whether it is happening now or might happen in the future, having a safety plan is recommended. While each safety plan is different, it can include information about how others can help you in a time of need, how you can protect yourself and others around you in an abusive situation, and resources that you can contact if you feel threatened.

Listed below are some tips on safety planning for specific situations. If you would like further help, please contact the CARDV helpline.

Safety Planning Tips



Safety while living with an abusive partner

-Find escape routes in your home that are away from weapons

-Have many practical reasons for leaving your home at different times of the day

-Keep a charged phone near you at all times

-Discuss code words or signals with a trusted friend or family member in case of an emergency

-Keep an emergency bag hidden in case you have to leave suddenly

Safety with children

-Teach your children how to escape safely

-Remind them not to intervene in a violent situation

-Teach your children how to call 911 in an emergency

-Have a plan of where the children can go in an emergency (trusted neighbor, grandparents, etc.)


Safety with pets

-Ask trusted friends or family members to provide a temporary home for your pet

-Local pet programs can assist in caring for animals while you are seeking safety.  CARDV can assist in making necessary arrangements.

-If the abuser has the pet, ask law enforcement officers if they can intervene

-If you have left your abuser and have your pet, consider changing veterinarians


Checklist of Emergency Situation Items

-Order of protection copy

-Birth certificate

-Vaccination and medical records

-Social Security cards

-Welfare identification

-Green cards

-Driver’s license and registration


-Address book



-Credit cards


Resources on Safety Planning

Services We Offer

All services are FREE and CONFIDENTIAL for victims and survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault

  • Local and Toll Free Help Line: answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide emotional support, referral information, and safety planning.
  • Crisis Intervention and Case Management: one-on-one action planning, emotional support, resource information, and advocacy during or following immediate crisis
  • Emergency Room Advocacy and Accompaniment: including, but not limited to, transportation to University Hospital for SAFE exams
  • Emergency Temporary Shelter: brief, offsite placement is available to victims of intimate partner violence (and the children of victims) or sexual assault
  • Health and Wellness Support: encouragement, support, and guidance to help you realize and achieve your physical, spiritual, and emotional life goals
  • Protection Orders: one-on-one assistance to complete emergency orders of protection for victims of intimate partner violence or sexual assault
  • Court Advocacy: support throughout qualifying civil and criminal procedures for victims of domestic and sexual violence
  • Support Group: weekly sessions offering group support and developing self-compassion.  Thursday afternoons. Call for more information!
  • Counseling: we contract with qualified service providers to meet the mental health needs of adult survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
  • Prevention Education and Advocacy: presentations, workshops and seminars to schools, colleges, and treatment centers

Victim Resources

Mid- Missouri Legal Services

Columbia: (573) 442-0116  Toll Free: (800) 568-4931

Jefferson City: (573) 634-4545  Toll Free: (888) 476-4545



MOVANS:  1-866-566-8267

Missouri victim automated notification system. 

Access to information and notification for:Offender Custody Status, Court Hearings, Protective Order Status.



Missouri Safe at Home

Address confidentiality program. 

Contact CARDV to apply!


Crime Victim’s Compensation

The Crime Victims’ Compensation Program financially assists people who have sustained physical or psychological injury as a result of a violent crime by paying for reasonable medical and counseling expenses as well as lost wages if the victim was gainfully employed on the crime date.

Healing and Self-Care

Self-care is not selfish. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.

Self-care is essential for overall health, especially after the trauma of domestic or sexual violence. It is critical in the process of healing and taking care of your body and mind. Some examples of self-care include surrounding yourself with positivity, focusing on your physical needs, rebuilding mental health, and learning how to take “time outs” when needed. 

Ideas for Physical Self-Care

Ideas for Emotional Self-Care

Remember to take time for yourself and work on self-care, even if seems difficult to implement into your life. Make your self-care routine specific to your needs and interests. If you are having a hard time with self-care, consider scheduling daily self-care time in a planner or in an agenda.