Information Center

Domestic Violence


If you have been the victim of the crime of domestic violence, I want you to know that you are important to us. My staff and I will do all that we can to help you make it through this process. Domestic violence is one of the great destroyers of our families and society today. Victims of domestic violence include not only abused adults, but also include the children who see and hear the physical and emotional abuse by the abuser against the abused adult. Far too often, children are also subject to similar direct physical and emotional abuse by the abuser.

We are here to help you through the process of using the criminal justice system to try and stop the abuser's cycle of violence in the home. The Victim/Witness Service Office is here to provide assistance to victims of domestic violence. They are here to help you and your family. Please let them assist you during this traumatic time in your life.


YOUR FIRST STEP TO SAFETY: CALL 911

  • If you are injured go to the hospital.
  • Keep any evidence of physical abuse (ripped clothing, pictures, etc.)
  • Call the local hotline number for immediate shelter information and other resources that are available for you and your family.
  • Call our office for information and assistance. We are here for you and we care what happens to you.
  • No one asks or deserves to be a victim of family violence. If you are in an abusive relationship, there is help available for you as well as your abuser.

LOCAL HOTLINES
(417) 864-7233 or (800) 831-6863

NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HOTLINE
(800) 799-7233 or TDD(800) 831-6863

HARMONY HOUSE - LOCAL SHELTER
(417) 837-7700 or (800) 831-6863

THE VICTIM CENTER CRISIS HOTLINE
(417) 864-7233


GREENE COUNTY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ADVOCATE

Your Greene County Domestic Violence Advocate is here to assist you as a victim of domestic violence. You have a right to live your life in safety and in peace. Our job is to help protect and preserve that right, but we need your help.

Dorothy Dewitt, Domestic Violence Victim Advocate
DDewitt@greenecountymo.org
(417) 868-4082 or (800) 552-0911


SERVICES

  • Crisis Intervention
  • Information and referrals
  • Criminal justice system education
  • Case status updates
  • Victims' rights information
  • Secure waiting room
  • Counseling and community referrals
  • Transportation to court
  • Child care while testifying
  • Missouri Crime Victims' Compensation application assistance

HOW TO OBTAIN AN ORDER OF PROTECTION


MISSOURI SAFE AT HOME

Safe at Home can be one part of your comprehensive safety plan by providing a substitute address so that survivors of domestic violence who have relocated to an address unknown to their abuser can keep their address confidential on new records created by state and local agencies and the courts.

www.SafeAtHome.com