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.
This mission is certainly a challenging one, because according to the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence (MCADSV) in Missouri in 2010:
61% of domestic violence homicides were perpetrated with a firearm in 2010.
For updated statewide statistics contact:
The Missouri Coalition Against Domestic & Sexual Violence;
217 Oscar Drive; Jefferson City, Mo. 65101