A real person behind the stats—I came to the Children & Family Center shelter as a victim
                                                after years of an abusive marriage. The staff provided shelter to me and my children.  They
                                                helped me find a job and housing in the community.


                                                Myths and Facts

                                                Myth 1.  Domestic violence only occurs to women living in poor, urban areas.

Fact: Domestic violence occurs in intimate relationships where the perpetrator and the victim are currently or previously have been dating, living together, married or divorced.  They might have children in common or not. Between 64 and 85 percent of the victims are women; men are responsible for the vast majority of these attacks. Read More...


What is the Children and Family Center?

The Children and Family Center provides a safe and nurturing place for individuals and families who have experienced abuse to find safe shelter and a nurturing environment to learn and grow through crisis and case management, court advocacy, support groups, 24-hour crisis hotline, shelter, and parent and community education.  We serve the five counties of Northwest Missouri – Nodaway, Atchison, Holt, Gentry and Worth.


Residential and outreach services are provided at a 20 bed shelter in Maryville, MO.  Last year we provided a combination of prevention, education, and support for more than 750 individuals experiencing abuse.  Since 2003 services have expanded to include:

Crisis management

Case management

Court Advocacy

24-hour crisis hotline

Hospital-based advocacy for sexual offenses

Residential shelter

Local Sexual Assault Response Team (SART)

Children’s Program

Support groups

Children and Family Center

Of Northwest Missouri

Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Local Contact                                                                                                 24-Hour Crisis Hotline

(660) 562-2320                                                                                               1-866-382-7867

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Children and Family Center

1220 E. 2nd St

Maryville, MO

(660) 562-2320 (Office)

1-866-382-7867 (Hotline)



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