Domestic Violence

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Domestic Violence Is A Crime!

Domestic 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.

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 deputies/detectives may want to take photos of the scene for evidence.
  • If needed, go to a hospital emergency department for medical care.


  • 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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Safe Shelter

The Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
P.O. Box 1367
Columbia, MO 65203-1367
Office: (573) 875-1369
Fax: (573) 817-1280

Shelter Hotline (24 hours)
In Columbia: (573) 875-1370
Toll Free: (800) 548-2480

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:

  • Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Adult victims of abuse/assault and sexual assault
  • Adult survivors of incest
  • Child victims of physical and sexual abuse

Services offered include:

  • Temporary safe place to stay for women and children who are in immediate danger.
  • 24-hour hotline (1-800-548-2480) for victims to call for information and emotional support.
  • Support group with weekly meeting and free childcare during the meetings.
  • Court advocates who help women complete a petition for an order of protection and accompany them through court proceedings.
  • Professional counseling.
  • Advocates who accompany women through a sexual assault exam and subsequent court proceedings.

Area served: Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Chariton, Cooper, Howard, Montgomery, Randolph, and Saline Counties

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Order of Protection

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:

  • Order the accused abuser not to abuse, threaten to abuse, molest, stalk, or disturb your peace.
  • Order the accused abuser not to enter the premises of your home.
  • Make a temporary order of custody of minor children.
  • Order specific personal property and effects to be turned over to you.

Filing an order of protection:

  • You do not need an attorney.
  • You do need an accurate residence or employer address for the person who assaulted you.
  • You do need to bring a picture of your abuser if possible.
  • You do need a description of the abuser's car.
  • You are not required to pay an advanced filing fee in order to file. The court will decide at the end of the full order hearing.

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, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. 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.


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Contact Information

Law Enforcement & Emergency Response

Emergency Response (Police, Sheriff, or Ambulance) 9-1-1

Non-Emergency Response (573) 442-6131
or 3-1-1

Local Law Enforcement Agency Administrative Phone Numbers

Ashland Police Department (573) 657-9062

Boone County Sheriff's Office (573) 875-1111

Centralia Police Department (573) 682-2132

Hallsville Police Department (573) 696-3838

Sturgeon Police Department (573) 687-3321

True North

P.O. Box 1367
Columbia, Missouri 65203-1367
(573) 875-1370 or (573) 875-1369
Toll free 800-548-2480 in Missouri

D.O.V.E. Prosecutors

Boone County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Boone County Courthouse, 4th Floor

705 East Walnut Street
Columbia, Missouri 65201-4485

Office: (573) 886-4100
Fax: (573) 886-4148

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM If non-emergency and answering machine comes on, leave a message and your call will be returned.

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Additional Resources

Emergency Housing

The Shelter Hotline (573) 875-1369

The Shelter Hotline (toll free number) (800) 548-2480

Harbor House Emergency Lodge (573) 442-1984

Lois Bryant House (women only) (573) 443-0096

New Life Evangelistic Center (men only) (573) 875-0603

St. Francis House (men only) (573) 875-4913

Welcome Home (573) 449-3522

Voluntary Action Center (8:00 AM - 4:00 PM) (573) 874-2273

Health Services

Boone Hospital (573) 815-8000

Columbia Regional Hospital (573) 875-9000

Family Health Center (573) 214-2314

University Hospital (573) 882-4141

Legal Aid

Family Violence Clinic (573) 882-9728

Mid-Missouri Legal Services (573) 442-0116

Other Services

Missouri Victim Automated Notification System (toll free) (866) 566-8267

Crime Victims' Compensation Program (800) 347-6881

Deafline Missouri (888) 380-DEAF (3323)

Family Counseling Center (573) 449-2581

Family Support Division (573) 441-5952

Mid-Missouri Crisis Line (888) 761-HELP (4357)

United Way (573) 443-4523

Salvation Army (573) 442-3229

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