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Domestic violence is a pattern of assaultive and coercive behaviors that perpetrators use to control their intimate partners. These assaults occur in different forms, including physical, sexual, psychological and economic. If you feel you are a victim of domestic violence there are resources that can help.
- The National Domestic Violence Hotline is 1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)
Before you make the decision to leave or to file for an Order of Protection, you should create your own personalized safety plan. The following safety plan chart is a tool to help you identify and evaluate your options and create a personalized plan to reduce your risk of being harmed again by the person hurting you. Use what applies or change it to reflect what you need in your situation. There is no right or wrong way to develop a safety plan, and it does not have to be written down. The safety plan below may help you anticipate the dangers you may face, and is an adaptable tool to help you increase your safety in your ever-changing situation. Download a personalized safety plan to complete.
Missouri has criminal statutes that deal with harassment and stalking.
Stalking is conduct that serves no legitimate purpose that is directed at a specific person that causes that person to reasonably fear for his or her safety or causes that person emotional distress. This conduct may be in many forms such as calling, following, writing, emailing, etc. The new stalking law now includes conduct that is made with the intent to cause a person to reasonably fear for his or her family's safety as well as the safety of the family's pet or livestock. The statute is 565.225 RSMo.
Harassment is conduct that includes unwanted communication that may be threatening, intimidating, frightening or causes emotional distress to another person. The new harassment law also has increased penalties for certain types of harassment. The statute is 565.090, RSMo.
The Missouri Adult Abuse Act (Chapter 455, RSMo) allows victims of domestic violence or stalking to file for orders of protection. Court clerks CAN assist you in filling out orders of protection.