RACS is the only organization dedicated to survivors of interpersonal violence in seven of the nine counties served.
RACS provides services at no cost to survivors in nine counties: Cole, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Morgan, Moniteau, Osage, Southern Boone, and Southern Callaway. An emergency 24-hour hotline, advocacy services, outreach, case management, counseling, and a women’s and children’s shelter ensures that supportive, confidential and crisis services are available where and when survivors need them.
In 2020, RACS began to develop prevention efforts that are designed to be proactive rather than reactive to sexual violence. The Jefferson City Safe Communities Coalition, or JCSCC, is the community based coalition that oversees and implements these prevention efforts. Jefferson City Residents are invited to join the JCSCC and help Jefferson City “Take a Stand” against sexual violence.
Sexual violence is a hidden but pervasive social issue, causing untold pain and suffering not only to the children, women, and men directly affected but to whole communities. Sexual violence is often seen as a problem that is too big to solve, mainly because the level of commitment and attention required seems insurmountable. In fact, sexual violence is preventable but requires an informed investment of resources, people, and leadership, and a strong commitment from stakeholders at multiple levels across many sectors. Primary prevention efforts must be evidence-based and seek to promote healthy relationships by reducing factors associated with violent behaviors and strengthening protective factors that support positive behaviors and resilience. It means moving from investments targeted at individual perpetrators and survivors to investments that target populations and communities to change attitudes, norms, and behaviors. Extract from Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence: Preliminary Research by Lana Wells et al.
RACS provided 15,354 services to 793 survivors in 2022. Of those 332 men, women, and children received 7,208 residential services that included 4,923 bed nights and 19,692 meals.
Shelter Advocates answered 1,618 Hotline calls from survivors seeking support and resources.
Outreach Advocates served 104 survivors by providing 1,576 Court Advocacy Services and 2,293 General Advocacy Services.
RACS Licensed Professional Counselors provided 2,799 hours of counseling to 175 survivors.
RACS strives to help survivors find hope in their journey of healing in a safe space.
When you donate to RACS you are helping survivors by helping to give them hope in their healing journey. Every part of your donation goes back to supporting survivors.
Without the support of generous donors, RACS would not be able to provide the safe healing environment that currently exists for survivors. Your support ensures that RACS professional staff are able to focus on the needs of each individual resident and survivor while maintaining dignity and confidentiality. We know that we can’t meet every need of every survivor on our own and we invite you to be a part of continuing to create a space of healing and hope for survivors where ever they may need it.