Viewing this website could place you in danger.
Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear searches.
Please ensure you are using a safe computer.
If you are in danger and do not have access to a safe computer, call our 24-hour crisis hotline at 636-232-2301 or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.
If you are at a safe computer, read below for steps to stay safe.
Steps to Stay Safe
Use a safe computer at a library or community center. This is especially important when researching escape plans. Searching for bus tickets, shelter information, housing, or classified ads on a home computer can alert your abuser and increase your risk.
If you bookmark this or any other site about domestic violence, your abuser may see your computer activity. If you can, clear all web browser cache, cookies, and history. See instructions below for reducing risks.
Instructions for Internet Explorer
1. To delete temporary internet files, cookies (cryptic bookmarks that a Website can place on your computer to acknowledge your visit) and web addresses in your history:
2. On the menu at the top of the browser window, click on Tools>Internet Options…
3. In the dialog window that opens, click on the “General” tab.
4. In the section labeled “Temporary Internet Files”, if you wish to delete all files and cookies, click on the “Delete Files…” button. A confirmation dialog will open asking if you want to delete all files in your temporary internet folder. Click “OK.”
5. If you wish to selectively delete files and cookies, click on the “Settings…” button. A dialog window will open. Click on the “View Files…” button. A window will open with a list of all your temporary internet files and cookies. You can highlight the files you wish to delete and hit the delete key or click Edit>Delete.
6. To empty the History folder, click on the “Clear History” button and then the “OK” button.
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.
The emergency shelter accommodates six families in a community-living home until they can support themselves or family.
Residents share in daily activities and learn skills such as cooking, parenting education, and other life skills.
Residents agree to a goal-based program which focuses on safety, healing, and financial independence.
Safe and Secure Environment
Access to Care
Pets Referral Program
Referral & Resourcing
Therapy, Counseling, & Coaching
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.
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
State-wide domestic violence resources and network
National domestic violence resources and network
Steps to quietly build a credit history
If you know a friend of loved one who is being abused, consider taking these steps:
Set up a time to talk. Try to make sure you have privacy and won’t be distracted or interrupted. Let her know you’re concerned about her safety.
Be supportive. Listen to her. It may be very hard for her to talk about the abuse. Tell her that she is not alone and that people want to help.
Offer specific help. You might say you are willing to just listen, to help her with child care, or to provide transportation, for example.
Keep in mind that you can’t “rescue” your friend. She has to be the one to decide it’s time to get help. Support her no matter what her decision.
Let your friend know that you will always be there no matter what.
Know the different warning signs of abuse.
Learn more ways to help a friend or loved one who is being abused.
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or 800-787-3224 (TDD).
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 will expand services by building Mary's House of Hope at A Safe Place, three transitional housing complexes with twelve total apartment units for women and children preparing for independent life. Construction of the building structures began in Winter 2020.
- Received 866 hotline calls
- Served 1,864 clients
- Turned away 904
- Offered 4,127 nights of safety
- Educated 1,079 individuals about
- Held 130 sexual assault and domestic violence group meetings
- Presented at 45 community events
- Provided 156 hours of court advocacy for survivors
- Provided 238 hours of professional therapy
In 2004, I was involved in a custody case due to domestic violence. I worked
with A Safe Place to create a plan that would allow me to get out. During my stay at the shelter, I received more resources and support than I could have
ever imagined. My healing process began, and I was finally gaining confidence and peace I had lost so long ago. My girls also had a safe place where they could talk about their experiences and find healing.
When I left the shelter, I couldn’t afford a new place to call home. I had to go back to a former residence known by my abuser. Shortly after I moved, he broke into my home and assaulted me and my best friend, threatening both of us with a knife. Thankfully, I escaped without injury, but my friend was hurt. The police came and I filled out another restraining order. Because I didn’t feel safe staying there with my children, I was forced to move in with my family. I did not want to burden them and I feared for their safety, but I had nowhere else to turn.
If I had access to transitional, safe housing after my stay at A Safe Place, I would not have been assaulted again or placed my family at risk. A Safe Place played a huge role in my journey to freedom from the abuse. I am where I am today because of the services they provided me at such a crucial time in my life. I have since moved on to a successful career, safe home life, happy family, and healthy marriage. If transitional housing had been available, I know the next step in my journey would have been less traumatic.
The continued safety net of A Safe Place would have given me the additional leverage needed to confidently take those steps back into society. Had transitional housing been available, it would have given me the opportunity to safely establish the financial stability and structure needed for a fresh start. Transitional housing allows survivors to prosper while still feeling safe. I hope that other women find the strength and courage to leave their abusers, and that, with your support, they have the resources and the time to safely gain full independence and stability.
By donating cash, stock, bonds, real property or other marketable securities to a qualified domestic violence shelter, Missouri taxpayers can receive tax credit up to 50% of their gift of $100 or more.
Sample tax credit benefit based on a 28% Federal Tax Bracket*
$1,000 | Gift to A Safe Place
-$500 | Missouri Tax Credit (50%)
-$280 | Federal Income Tax Credit Deduction
-$60 | State Income Tax Deduction
+$140 | Federal Tax on State Savings
$300 Net Cost to You
*Please consult your tax adviser for specific individual tax savings.
- Baby Lotion
- Baby Shampoo
- Baby Wash
- Baby Wipes
- Baby Swing
- Bobby Pins
- Can Opener
- Coffee Pot
- Hair Brush/Comb
- Hair Products
- Heating Pads
- Kitchen Knives
- Mattress Pads (twin)
- Pajamas (all sizes)
- Plastic Drawers
- Sanitary Napkins
- Sippy Cups
- Slippers (all sizes)
- Trash Can
- Walmart Gift Cards
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.