RACS counseling services are provided by Licensed Professionals who are well versed in Trauma. The type of counseling offered is individual and group counseling. Counseling is provided to any adult or child whose life has been impacted by domestic violence, sexual assault, and/ or stalking. RACS 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. To speak to a counselor please call 573.634.8346 x 104
Support groups are held every Thursday in Cole County and then on Monday nights in Moniteau County. Support Groups allow victims of domestic violence to share their stories, concerns, and strengths. Through the support group, they will learn that they aren’t alone. For more information about RACS support group, call (573)634-8346, ext. 104.
The RACS confidential hotline services are available 24 hours/day, aimed at empowering, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Shelter Advocates who answer the hotline help provide survivors with emotional support, develop problem-solving skills, and assist with immediate crises, and agency referrals. In addition, RACS hotline functions as a means of answering questions and accessing information concerning domestic violence and sexual assault. The RACS 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-on-one contact, including accompaniment to hospitals, courts, and law enforcement agencies. Outreach Advocates travel to RACS’s outer eight counties to serve survivors who can’t come to RACS. 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 provide support throughout court proceedings. If you need to reach an advocate, please call 573.634.8346 x 113.
The Speakers’ Bureau is offered for community education and awareness, with programs available to groups, institutions, and elementary and secondary schools on many subjects, for example, “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.
One day, a fisherman was fishing from a riverbank when he saw someone being swept downstream, struggling to keep their head above water. The fisherman jumped in, grabbed the person, and helped them to shore. The survivor thanked the hero and went on their way. A few minutes later, he heard another cry for help and observed another person swept downstream. This scenario continued all afternoon. Finally, the fisherman said to himself, “I can’t go on like this. I’d better go upstream and find out what is happening…”
Since 1980, RACS has provided services for those who are “swept downstream” by sexual and intimate partner violence, but has begun moving “upstream” to identify and address risk factors that lead to sexual violence.