Rape and Abuse Crisis Service

RACS Services
Emergency Shelter:
The Rape and Abuse Crisis Service provides emergency shelter 24 hours a day for domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their children. The location of the shelter is confidential for safety reasons, and is monitored by security cameras. Food, clothing, toiletries, and other essentials are provided for victims, as well as referrals to other assistance agencies. Our goal is not to direct, but rather to encourage independence while providing support. All services are free and confidential, and are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis.
Counseling services, including individual and group counseling, are provided to any adult or child whose life has been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault and/ or stalking. Licensed professional counselors offer support and understanding of each individual's situation, and assist clients in dealing with the impact of the violence in their lives. Counseling is available to individuals both within and outside of the shelter.
Domestic Violence Support Group:
Support groups are held each week to allow victims of domestic violence to share their stories, their concerns, and their strengths, and to learn that they aren't alone. For more information about our support group, call RACS at (573)634-8346, ext. 0, or toll-free at 1-800-303-0013.
Confidential hotline services are available 24 hours/day, aimed at empowering victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, providing them with emotional support, help in developing problem-solving skills, assistance with immediate crises, and community and agency referrals. In addition, our hotline functions as a means of answering questions and accessing information concerning domestic violence and sexual assault. Our hotline numbers are 1-800-303-0013 and 1-573-634-4911.
Advocates are available to provide crisis intervention and emotional support to victims through one-to-one contact, including accompaniment to hospitals, courts, and law enforcement agencies. In addition, a victim advocate is available through the Cole County Prosecuting Attorney's Office to provide legal advocacy and assist in filing orders of protection in Cole County, and to provide support throughout court proceedings.
A Speakers' Bureau is offered for community education and awareness, with programs available to groups, institutions, and elementary and secondary schools on many subjects including “good” and “bad” touches, healthy vs. unhealthy relationships, date rape prevention and date rape drugs, dynamics of domestic violence, and RACS services. Other programs focus on addressing domestic violence in the workplace or healthcare settings. Programs can be tailored to fit the needs of individual groups.
In-service training is provided for anyone working with domestic violence and sexual assault victims and their families, including educators, healthcare providers, and RACS volunteers.
Case Management:
Case Management is provided for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, providing assistance with accessing resources for permanent housing, vocational, legal and mental health counseling, alcohol and drug abuse, child abuse, and medical treatment.