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

How do you know if you need help?

Does your partner do the following?

· Embarrass you with bad names and

· Look at you or act in ways that scare you?

· Control what you do, who you see or talk
to, or where you go?

· Stop you from seeing or talking to
friends or family?

· Take your money or Social Security,
make you ask for money,
or refuse to give you money?

· Make all the decisions?

· Tell you you're a bad parent or threaten to
take away or hurt your children?

· Act like the abuse is no big deal,
it's your fault, or even deny doing it?

· Destroy your property or threaten
to kill your pets?

· Intimidate you with guns, knives, or
other weapons?

· Shove, slap or hit you?

· Force you to drop charges?

· Threaten to commit suicide?

· Threaten to kill you?


If you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, you might be a victim of crime.

The Children and Family Center is here to help you. Our confidential services are free, and we want to listen.

Please call our 24 hour crisis line at (660) 562-2320 or 1-866-382-7867.

Call 911 if in immediate danger.

I know someone who needs help

You might be wondering if your friend, sister, mother, coworker or family member is dealing with an abusive situation.

We encourage you to call our crisis line at 1-866-382-7867 for help, or in the case of immediate crisis or violence, call 911.

Most people think of domestic violence, and immediately think of black eyes and bruises. There are many components that control the daily life of a victim of abuse.


What is domestic violence?

Most people think of domestic violence as black eyes and bruises that can be seen. It’s more than that! Domestic violence is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors that one person exercises over another. It’s a chronic abuse of power. It may start with controlling the victim by calculated threats, intimidation and escalate after months or years to physical violence.

Physical Violence is any physically aggressive behavior; withholding of physical needs (interrupt sleep or meals, deny help if sick), indirect physically harmful behavior, threat of physical violence (to others, to children) or destruction of property.


Physical violence includes:


Throwing Objects
Shooting, etc
Hold hostage


Unwanted touching


Psychological abuse includes:

Verbal Abuse:

Name calling, cursing and threats
Derogatory or demeaning comments
Emotional Abuse:
Exploits vulnerability or character
Insulting or criticizing
Forcing victims to perform humiliating acts

Threats to harass, harm, or kill the victim or victim's family
Telling the victim he/she is mentally unstable/incompetent
Consistently disregarding, ignoring or neglecting the victim's requests & needs

Using actions, statements or gestures that attack the victim's self-esteem

Broken Promises



Economic Abuse:

Controls all the money

Doesn’t allow employment outside the home or sabotages attempts to work or go to school

Refuses to work and support the family

Ruins credit ratings

Spends money on non-essentials

Other Forms Include:

Denial of basic human needs - food, clothing, shelter, medical attention, or personal hygiene
Attacks property or pets
Locking victim in the home
Providing no access to a car or telephone
Not allowing contact with friends and family
Use of children to control adult victim

Damages relationships by spreading rumors or distorted information

Stalks partner or ex-partner


If you find yourself in a violent situation, please call us at (660)562-2320 or toll free at 1-866-382-7867.  If you’d like further information about domestic violence, creating a safety plan, protecting your identify and getting help, please refer to the web page link  – The Dynamics of Domestic Violence.

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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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