Boone County Sheriff
Boone County Sheriff's Department and Jail
2121 County Dr.
Columbia, MO 65201
Office (573) 875-1111
Fax (573) 874-8953
Family Violence is a Crime!
Family violence includes causing physical harm or threatening physical harm, use of force to coerce you to do or not to do something, verbal abuse, and sexual abuse of any family member or intimate partner.
YOU HAVE A RIGHT NOT TO BE ABUSED.
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE SAFE.
If you are assaulted:
Go to a safe place.
Call 911 immediately.
Don’t move or disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred. The police may want to take photos of the scene for evidence.
Go to a hospital emergency department for medical care.
Don’t blame yourself. The person who committed the assault is responsible.
Apply for an Ex Parte Order of Protection.
You may want to seek professional counseling, information, and legal assistance from the D.O.V.E. unit to help you deal with the consequences of the assault.
Boone County has a Domestic Violence Enforcement Unit (D.O.V.E. Unit) who's mission is to decrease the level of domestic violence, by investigating domestic violence cases, promoting deterrence of violence, assisting victims, and interrupting the cycle of violence. The D.O.V.E. Unit, which is housed at the Columbia Police Department, is a specialized unit comprised of three investigators, two advocates, and two Assistant Prosecuting Attorneys.
If you have been the victim of assault, there is help available!
You are NOT the cause of someone else’s abusive behavior
You do NOT deserve to be abused
You DO have the right to expect and demand help and respect
You DO have the right to think, feel, and make choices and changes!
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The D.O.V.E. Unit has detectives from the Columbia Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff's Department who have been specially trained in investigating domestic violence. The detectives receive all reports of a domestic nature within several days of when the incident occurred. One of the detectives will contact you either in person, by telephone, or by letter to interview you. This interview is an important part of the investigation. The detective will ask you questions about the assault or incident that occurred, previous incidents of abuse, injuries from the assault, and if you have had contact with the abuser since the incident occurred. You must be truthful in your statements even if you are embarrassed, ashamed, or fearful. If you are not certain, say you are not sure. If you have visible injuries, the detective will ask you to take photographs to document the injuries for court.
After the initial interview, you may later remember more information about the incident or have questions regarding the investigation. Call the detective. The detective should also be kept up to date on your injuries, such as bruises, as they begin to appear. Be sure you have the detective's name and telephone number so you may reach him or her easily.
If arrested, the suspect will be held in jail during the prosecution unless he posts bail, the charges are dropped, or the judge releases him on his own recognizance. If the suspect is released, he may be instructed not to see or talk to you. If he does contact you, call the police immediately. Any such contact can be used as a basis for returning the suspect to jail.
If you have questions regarding a domestic situation you are in, you may call any of the detectives with the D.O.V.E. Unit and speak with them without making a formal police report. They can give you options that are available to you in your particular situation.
There is a victim advocate from The Shelter with the D.O.V.E. Unit. It is her job to help you get the resources you need to be safe and healthy. You many want to find emergency shelter, obtain an order of protection, gain full custody of your children, or move away from your abuser. The advocate can help you with any or all of these things. Should you wish to stay in your relationship, the advocate can help you with safety planning. The D.O.V.E. advocate will help you no matter what you choose. The advocate works closely with investigators and prosecutors so you can get the maximum benefit from the system.
When abuse happens and a police report is made, the report is sent to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney. Within the Boone County Prosecutor's Office, there are two prosecutors who work on adult abuse/assault cases. They look at the evidence and determine if a crime was committed, and it so, if charges will be filed. If the charges are filed, it is the State of Missouri that is prosecuting the defendant. This means that you, the victim, are not filing charges and are not in control of pursuing or dropping charges. The prosecuting attorney will prosecute the criminal case against the assaulted you.
You should contact the Prosecuting Attorney's Office about your case soon after the police make a report. When you contact the prosecuting attorney, you can get information about:
The prosecuting attorney will need the following from you:
If you have any questions, the Victim Response Team in the Prosecutor's Office can help with your needs.
Within the Prosecutor's Office, there is an advocate who can assist crime victims and witnesses through the criminal system. The advocate can provide:
If you feel you are being abused physically, mentally, verbally, or sexually, call the Shelter at 875-1370 (or toll free 1-800-548-2480 in Missouri) for information on what you can do to stop the abuse and to get away from the abuser.
You will be able to get information free of charge on housing, financial aid, medical aid, and counseling services.
You do not have to give your name to the person you talk to, and all information you give over the phone at this number is confidential.
The Shelter offers free confidential services to:
Services offered include:
Area served: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Montgomery, Randolph, and Saline Counties
The Shelter Hotline (24 hours)
In Columbia: 573-875-1370
Toll free: 1-800-548-2480
An order of protection can help to protect yourself or your children from someone who is abusing or harassing you. It can help set limits by requiring the abuser to stay away from you or your home. A protection order can send a strong message to the abuser letting the abuser know that abusive behavior is not acceptable and it is illegal.
An ex parte order may:
Filing an order of protection:
IF YOUR ABUSER VIOLATES AN ORDER OF PROTECTION, YOU SHOULD CALL THE POLICE (911).
You can file an order of protection 24 hours a day against the person who is abusing you. The Boone County Circuit Clerk's office (located at Courthouse) provides orders of protection during business hours: Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm. The Shelter offers emergency orders of protection when the Clerk's office is closed. An advocate from The Shelter is available to assist you in filling out an order of protection. Call 875-1369 for information.
In Boone County, our law enforcement agencies have adopted the following policy.
Law enforcement agencies of the City of Columbia, County of Boone, police departments of all incorporated cities within Boone County, the University of Missouri Police Department, and the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office will respond to acts of domestic violence as a crime regardless of the relationship of the parties.
Victims of domestic violence will be treated with respect and dignity and will be given all available assistance by law enforcement personnel responding to an incident of domestic violence.
Law enforcement officers should arrest batterers in all situations where an arrest is legally permissible and probable cause exists to believe that a crime has occurred.
Training will be provided regularly to enhance law enforcement response to domestic violence.
As a Crime Victim in the State of Missouri you have the right to
You have the right to be notified of
You have the right to participate in prosecution, including the right to
You have the right to protection from harm.
You may have the right to financial assistance.
Victims may be eligible for financial assistance from the state if they have suffered economic loss.
Crime victims who want more information regarding their rights may contact the Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office or the Missouri Attorney General's Office.
Police, Sheriff, or Ambulance dispatch (Columbia & Boone County):
Ashland Police Department
|(573) 874-7652 (Front desk)|
|(573) 875-1111 (Administrative Office and Jail)|
Hallsville Police Department
Sturgeon Police Department
The Shelter Hotline
|(573) 875-1369 or 1-800-548-2480|
Harbor House Emergency Lodge
Lois Bryant House (Women only)
New Life Evangelistic Center (Men only)
St. Francis House (Men only)
Voluntary Action Center (8am-4pm)
Columbia Regional Hospital
Family Health Center
|Family Violence Clinic||(573) 882-9728|
|Mid-Missouri Legal Services||(573) 442-0116|
|Missouri Victim Automated Notification System||1-866-566-8267 ( Toll Free)|
|Crime Victims' Compensation Program||1-800-347-6881|
|Deafline Missouri||1-888-380-DEAF (3323)|
|Division of Family Services||(573) 882-9180|
|Family Counseling Center||(573) 449-2581|
|Mid-Missouri Crisis Line||1-888-761-HELP (4357)|
|United Way||(573) 443-4523|
|Salvation Army||(573) 442-3229|
Please visit the Columbia Police Department's DOVE Unit Web site also.
There is a great deal of valuable information already available on the Internet. Rather than duplicating the efforts of others, we have provided links to many of these organizations as a public service. The inclusion of a web site however, should not be construed as an endorsement of any agency. The Boone County Sheriff's Department takes no responsibility for, and exercises no control over, the organizations, views, accuracy, copyright or trademark compliance or legality of the material contained on these Web sites.
Attorney General's Office: Protecting crime victims - Includes information on crime victims' rights, how to order a free copy of the booklet "Protecting Victims of Domestic Violence," and a list of several state and national agencies and organizations.
Domestic Violence and the Law: A Practical Guide for Survivors - Explores survival and legal options for domestic violence victims. You may order a copy of this 48-page booklet or read it online from The Missouri Bar Web site.
Domestic Violence: Safety Plan Guidelines – Safety Strategies provided by the National Center for Victims of Crime
Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse – Electronic clearinghouse for related information
National Center for Victims of Crime – Information/referral line: 1-800-FYI-CALL
National Domestic Violence Hotline – (800) 799-SAFE
Office of Victim Services – Missouri Department of Corrections
Violence Against Women Office – U.S. Department of Justice
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