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A Safe Place

Vision: A Safe Place will assure survivors and their children a comprehensive treatment process in a safe and secure environment in Jefferson County.

Mission: To provide, with dignity and respect, a comprehensive, quality program including education, therapy/counseling, shelter advocacy, accessibility, referral network, etc. to any battered survivor and his/her children.

Domestic Violence Shelter

"We will never forget our time at A Safe Place. At one time, we were just trying to make it through another day. Now... we are happy. We don't have much, but we have each other, tons of good times, and a sense of security. Life is good."


  • A Safe Place is a residential shelter and program providing services to meet immediate needs of domestic violence survivors and their children. Abuse may be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, psychological, or the destruction of property or pets.
  • Children who grow up in violent homes frequently learn violence as an acceptable means of resolving conflict or exerting control. These children are more likely to become victims or abusers as adults. A Safe Place provides a comprehensive program for the survivor and family, teaching healthy conflict resolutions and lifestyles.

Living Quarters

The emergency shelter accommodates six families in a community-living home until they can support themselves or family.

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Daily Activities

Residents share in daily activities and learn skills such as cooking, parenting education, and other life skills.

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Residents agree to a goal-based program which focuses on safety, healing, and financial independence.

Key Benefits

Safe and Secure Environment
Access to Care
Pets Referral Program

Referral & Resourcing
24-Hour Staff

Therapy, Counseling, & Coaching 
Perpetrator Referral


Shelter Care

Survivors learn to break the cycle of violence through individual counseling, support groups, education, comprehensive parenting, fitness, and wellness programs. Feelings of dependency are replaced with self-sufficiency. Self-esteem, assertiveness, communication, and decision-making skills are taught, and assistance with nutrition, budgeting, housing, job searching, and career planning is provided. Additional services include:

  • 24-Hour Crisis Hotline
  • Emergency Shelter Program
  • Residential Shelter Program
  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Life Skills Group
  • Domestic Abuse Education Group
  • Court Advocacy
  • Recreational Activities
  • Child Play Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Crime Victims Advocacy

A Safe Place empowers survivors and their children to rise above the pain of domestic abuse and begin a safe and healthy life. 

Community Groups

Domestic Violence Support Group

Sexual Assault/Abuse Support Group

These support groups, free and on-going, empowers survivors to rise above the pain of domestic abuse and begin a safe and healthy life.

Learn from others’ experiences and support each other in the process of healing, change, and transformation.


Speak With Our Staff

Receive counseling, advocacy, referrals, and other services


Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence

State-wide domestic violence resources and network

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

National domestic violence resources and network

Secret Financial Escape Plan

Steps to quietly build a credit history



A Safe Place is the only domestic violence shelter in Jefferson County.

A Safe Place was founded in 1987 to serve survivors of domestic violence. In 1998, the shelter opened at a new, undisclosed location to provide increased care and protection to the residents.  

Looking to the future...

A Safe Place has expanded services by building Mary's House of Hope at A Safe Place, a transitional housing complex with four apartment units for women and children preparing for independent life. 

2021 Impact

  • Received 1,226 hotline calls
  • Served 1,1916 clients
  • Turned away 1,022
  • Offered 6,194 nights of safety
  • Educated 263 individuals about domestic violence
  • Assisted with 109 orders of protection 
  • Provided 101.25 hours of court advocacy for survivors
  • Provided 541 hours of professional therapy
  • Provided 357 hours of crisis intervention services

A Safe Place is supported by financial gifts, grants, volunteer time and services, and donations of supplies. Donations are tax deductible to the extent of the law.

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