On October 18, we held a virtual event to help spread awareness of domestic and sexual violence. You can help by learning more, spreading awareness and sharing resources.
Progress & Statistics:
For far too long, this crime was ignored as a “private matter” within families. Survivors of these horrific acts were left with little or no support…often trapped by economic issues and legal red tape.
But things are getting better thanks to tireless advocates who have worked for years on this issue. By recognizing that advocates have succeeded in the past … we can draw strength in knowing we will continue to succeed in the future.
For example, in Missouri, victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking can now terminate their leases without penalty. This will allow survivors to leave dangerous situations without being victimized again by financial penalties they cannot afford. Making it easier for survivors to relocate will help them heal … and keep them safe. Passing this bill was not easy. It took years and perseverance.
And just last year, we passed the Victims Safety and Security Act sponsored by Senator Jill Schupp. This law, often called VESSA [VESS-uh], will help protect and empower victims of domestic violence, by allowing for unpaid leave for employees who are – or have a family member who is – a victim of domestic violence.
The statistics show, there is still a long way to go.
• In the St. Louis Region during 2020, more than 40% of domestic violence aid requests were left unmet due to lack of agency resources. View the MCADSV 2020 Fact Sheet.
• Missouri ranks #2 in homicide of females murdered by men. View the Violence Policy Center report.
Please find a few helpful resources below that were shared by speakers and panelists during the virtual event.
• MCADSV: How to get help and find services
• MCADSV: Resources – including reports, research and legislative advocacy
• National Domestic Violence Hotline – Call, chat and text support
• SQSH: Support for St. Louis LGBTQIA+ community
• Life Source Consultants: Domestic and sexual violence crisis center
• JADASA: Anti-violence outreach organization serving women, girls and their families