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History and Purpose

                                                                                                                                                          
 
H
istory:  H.I.T. No More, Inc. (Homes In Trouble--No More) was incorporated under the laws of the State of Missouri on May 27, 1997 as a perpetual public benefit Not-For-Profit (501C3) Corporation.  This corporation was formed to succeed the operations of the domestic violence education program known as “The Domestic Violence Project Learning Center” or “DVP”, which had existed since 1987 under the direction of Randy Cantrell with the assistance of Larry L. Copelin as lead facilitator.


In September of 2001 we expanded our services to include classes in Branson, Mo. to include the counties of Stone and Taney.

 

At it’s inception, the program was eight-weeks in duration. On January 1, 2003 we extended to a twelve-week program.  Then later that same year, in order to comply with the Batterers Standards from the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCADSV), we began our long-term (26 to 52wks) program that we call “Dynamics Of Violence” or (DOV).

 

In September of 2007 we began voluntary classes for the inmates of the Greene County Jail and are still involved as part of the training given to the police cadets at the Springfield Academy as well as Drury College.

 

And in February of 2008 we further expanded our program by beginning classes in West Plains, Mo. to be able to provide domestic violence/relationship classes to Howell, Wright, Ozark, Douglas, Texas, Shannon & Ripley counties.  The classes in West Plains were suspended in 2009 due to the economy. 
  
In July of 2008, at the request of the Wright County Court, we agreed to begin classes for domestic violence offenders in Mountain Grove, Mo. These classes began on September 5, 2008.  Classes are held on Thursday afternoons from 2 to 4pm.
 
Branson classes are held on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

 

Primary Purpose:  Our function and purpose at the start and now is to educate, support and protect the victims of domestic violence and stop partner abuse through education, support, intervention and motivation of both the victim and the batterer.  It has been estimated that a victim of domestic violence will leave and return to the batterer an average of seven (7) times before they finally get free of the abuse.
 
Therefore, if the victim decides to stay, they will need survival skills, and if they decide to leave they will need to know how to do so in the safest possible way.   

  

H.I.T. NO MORE, INC.

MISSION STATEMENT

 

H.I.T. No More is and will be a perpetual public benefit not-for-profit corporation dedicated to assisting the communities of Southwest Missouri to end domestic violence through education and intervention with both the batterer and the victim. 

Our motto is:  “A Chance For Change In Relationships”. 

 

 

This mission is certainly a challenging one, because according to the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (MCADSV) in Missouri in 2010:
  • There were over 41,490 arrests in Missouri for Domestic Violence.
  • There were 2,009 arrests for violating an Order of Protection.
  • There were 723 arrests for first-degree domestic assault.
  • There were 2,410 arrests for second-degree domestic assault.
  • And there were 6,950 arrests for third-degree domestic assault.
  • There were 41 intimate partner homicides in Missouri in 2010.  (28 were perpetrated by men against their female intimate partners; 9 perpetrated by men against children and other bystanders; and 4 perpetrated by women against their male intimate partners).

                     61% of domestic violence homicides were perpetrated with a firearm in 2010.

            

  • In November of 2006 Missouri was part of a one day snapshot study of services provided to DV Victims—on this day there were:  1,992 new sheltered women & children; 175 women & children were provided with transitional housing; 1,096 were provided with other services; 204 were turned away because of no room or services available.

 
For updated statewide statistics contact:

The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence;
217 Oscar Drive; Jefferson City, Mo.  65101
    (573) 634-416
 
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