More than thirty years ago Hope House opened its doors with one goal in mind—save lives by providing safe refuge for those affected by domestic violence. Since then, Hope House has grown to offer comprehensive services including prevention, education and support for thousands of people traumatized by domestic violence every year. With two secure locations in Independence and Lee’s Summit, Hope House is the largest domestic violence shelter in Missouri.
122 women and children can be housed between the two locations. Unbelievably, both shelters are at capacity every day of the year. Programs and services include:
- outreach therapy
- court and legal program
- a safe visitation center
- hospital-based advocacy
- on-call women's advocates who work with area police departments
- professional trainings on domestic violence for medical students, newly recruited police officers, corporations, hospital personnel and social workers
Domestic Violence Statistics at Hope House
Hope House's hotline and programs help thousands of survivors of domestic violence each year. In June, 2014 alone we logged the following numbers:
Number of women in shelter: 133
Number of children in shelter: 90
Number of hotline calls: 500
Number of people turned away due to capacity: 264
Even with 100% funding and staffing, the need would still be greater than the resources available. For those we are able to help every day, we depend on the Kansas City community giving back to their neighbors in need through monetary donations and volunteer hours.
Learn more at hopehouse.net.