How To Get Help
MOCADSV serves as a public resource for information on domestic and sexual violence, as well as a link to service providers in the state.
MOCADSV is not a 24-hour service provider and does not provide crisis services. For immediate help in Missouri, see the map below for local service providers or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-7233 or the National Sexual Assault Hotline 1-800-656-4673. For the Deaf Crisis Line videophone call 321-800-3323 or text Hand to 939683.
How an Order of Protection can help you
For many survivors, becoming a victim of a violent crime is their first introduction to the legal system. It can be complicated and confusing.
Chapter 455 of the Missouri Revised Statutes (RSMo) offers legal protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, harassment, and stalking. There are no court costs for this and you do not need to hire an attorney. (Full definition of the law is in Section 455.010 RSMo.) A parent or guardian can also apply for an Order of Protection on behalf of a child younger than 17.
Once issued, an Order of Protection is valid throughout Missouri and in every other state. It should be enforced by law enforcement officers in every state. This also means that if you have an Order of Protection from another state, it is valid in Missouri.
In the legal process, a person who seeks an Order of Protection is called a “Petitioner” and the person whom an order is sought against is called the “Respondent.”
After you, as a victim of abuse, complete the written request for a protection order, a judge may issue an Order of Protection to order the Respondent to stop abusing, sexually assaulting, harassing, or stalking you and require the Respondent to stay away from your home or workplace. If you are a sexual assault survivor, you are eligible for an Order of Protection even if you did not know or have a relationship with the perpetrator before the assault. For the purposes of getting an Order of Protection, any sexual act that occurred by force or without your consent is considered sexual assault.
MOCADSV offers several publications and resources to help you understand domestic violence law and how to obtain Orders of Protection.
MOCADSV publishes nationally and internationally recognized materials. These include statewide service statistics, tip sheets, how-to guides, and The Resource series, which covers a variety of advocacy topics from service provision to administration. Members have access to all of MOCADSV’s publications. Click here to learn more about the different types of membership MOCADSV offers.
FORGE is a national organization that seeks to reduce the impact of trauma on transgender and non-binary survivors of domestic and sexual violence while empowering survivors and service providers.Click to View
Founded in 1987 by lesbian survivors of battering, the NW Network works to end abuse in diverse lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. As an organization founded by and for LGBT survivors, the NW Network is deeply committed to fostering the empowerment of all survivors of abuse.Click to View
Human trafficking resources
The Coalition Against Trafficking and Exploitation (CATE) is the state-wide anti-trafficking coalition for Missouri. They provide training, resources, and connection to providers across the state.Click to View
Immigrant and refugee resources
The Alliance for Immigrant Survivors (AIS) is a national network of advocates and allies dedicated to defending and advocating for policies that ensure immigrant survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, trafficking, and other gender-based abuses have access to life-saving protections that all survivors of violence deserve.)Click to View
The Missouri Immigration Policy Coalition is a coalition composed of state-wide organizations and individuals advocating for issues impacting immigrants in Missouri building a proactive policy platform that works toward cultural and legislative changeClick to View
The National Immigrant Women's Advocacy Project (NIWAP) addresses the needs of immigrant women, immigrant children, and immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and other crimes by advocating for reforms in law, policy, and practice. NIWAP is a national provider of training, research, policy development, and technical assistance to support advocates in the field and in government who work toClick to View
The Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence is a national resource center on domestic violence, sexual violence, trafficking, and other forms of gender-based violence in Asian/Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.Click to View