Early in 1991, members of Harrisonville, Missouri, Business and Professional Women's club attended a workshop on domestic violence and its impact on families and communities. Realizing that Cass County was without services for battered women and their children, the Business and Professional Women's club knew they must take on the task. In April, 1992, an informational meeting at Cass Medical Center was attended by 120 Cass County citizens. The first Board of Directors was established in January 1993, and ground breaking began June 5, 1994. Since Hope Haven opened its doors on August 1, 1995, over 14,000 victims have been served.

 

Domestic violence survivors should create safety plans that include places to go, important phone numbers and personal records. The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV) urges women to review their personal plan often, make changes as needed, and take ownership in their plan. Among the items MCADSV encourages are: Identification cards, social security cards and birth certificates Immunization records Public assistance cards/Medicaid cards Passports, green cards, work permits Money, checkbook, ATM cards, credit cards Medication and medical supplies Keys Car registration, insurance papers Divorce or separation papers Lease, rental agreement or house deed Car mortgage payment book Children’s toys, security blankets Your...

 

At Hope Haven, we provide support groups for victims of domestic and sexual violence to help find coping skills, understand domestic/sexual violence, and learn to set healthy boundaries in relationships. Hope Haven also offers children's group during adult groups. Children's groups aim to instill healthy coping skills, improve communication, recognize thoughts and feelings, and understand safe people and places. If you're interested in attending a support group at Hope Haven, call 816.380.4663.

 

MYTH:  Domestic violence is rare. FACT:  Domestic violence affects 1 out of 4 women at some point during her lifetime.  Men can also be victims of domestic violence, but women make up about 97% of domestic violence survivors.  Domestic violence happens equally in heterosexual and homosexual relationships. MYTH:  Domestic violence is not a serious problem in the U.S.. FACT:  Battering is the single largest cause of injury to women in the United States – over mugging, automobile accidents and rape, combined. (NCADV 2003). MYTH: Victims of abuse are crazy if they choose to stay in an abusive relationship. FACT: To those of us outside of the intimate relationship, some survivors may exhibit behaviors that may seem unusual or even bizarre.  It is important to...

 

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