According to CADV statistics, 386 men, women and children in the area experienced domestic violence, while 424 hotlines calls were placed from those fleeing violence and needing help in the past year.

On any given day approximately 20,000 phone calls are placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.

That’s according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, who reports in Missouri, 34,841 adults, youth and children received domestic violence services in 2014, but over 23,000 people were turned away from full shelters in that same year.

In order to meet the growing need of shelter and services, the Lake of the Ozarks Citizens Against Domestic Violence/Victim Outreach Center recently announced a new expansion project, Vision 2020. The strategic plan reinforces the non-profit’s commitment to victims while expanding current services to reach more of the tri-county Lake area.

According to board member Trish Creach, the plans include new outreach offices in Miller and Morgan counties, expanding staffing to teach domestic, sexual and teen dating violence prevention in schools and working with local businesses and pooling resources with other organizations to strengthen transportation and childcare services for victims.

Additional plans include forming a task-force to address the underpinnings contributing to sexual and domestic violence, expanding the current facility to provide more room for victims, increasing current staffing levels to focus on helping victims once they leave the shelter, and adding additional board members to their ranks.

“Many come to us with no clothes or other belongings as they have often escaped with their children in a rush to escape further harm,” Creach said during CADV’s 17th annual brunch fundraiser. “Just over the past year, we have had an average of 7 victims per night in the shelter; fortunately, CADV was there to help. In that same period, 54 women in the area were sexually assaulted; CADV was there.”

According to CADV statistics, 386 men, women and children in the area experienced domestic violence, while 424 hotlines calls were placed from those fleeing violence and needing help in the past year.

One in seven woman in Missouri have been sexually abused, according to NCADV, while one in three women and one in four men in the United States have experienced some sort of physical violence by an intimate partner.

“Unfortunately, we continue to see the number of domestic violence and sexual violence rates grow every year. As our organization expands and chances the services we offer, we uncover more areas where victims needs are just not being met,” Creach said. “Victims lack resources that we often take for granted such as transportation, childcare, a job, and more. Any of these things can cause a victim to return to their abuser, especially when children our involved.”


The CADV/VOC was started in 1985 as a grassroots organizations that received non-profit status the same year while becoming a member of the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence. The organization operated a 24-hour crisis hotline and referral services on a volunteer basis until receiving a grant in the late 1980s to expand staff and services through the Victim of Crime Act.

In 1994, CADV purchased a permanent shelter facility with a total bed space capacity of 22 beds before undergoing renovations and expansions in 2012-2013 to increase the capacity to 28 beds. CADV currently has a board of directors, an executive director, a legal programs coordinator, an outreach supervisor, a case manager, a full time counselor and five residential advocates combining for over 60 years of experience.

CADV also works with Lake Area Sexual Assault Response Team for hospital advocacy and provides a support group that meets weekly.

NCADV National Statistics:

• On average, nearly 20 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States. During one year, this equates to more than 10 million women and men.

• 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of [some form of] physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

• 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men have been victims of severe physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

• 1 in 7 women and 1 in 18 men have been stalked by an intimate partner during their lifetime to the point in which they felt very fearful or believed that they or someone close to them would be harmed or killed.

• On a typical day, there are more than 20,000 phone calls placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide.

• The presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by 500%.

• Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.

• Women between the ages of 18-24 are most commonly abused by an intimate partner.

• 19% of domestic violence involves a weapon.

• Domestic victimization is correlated with a higher rate of depression and suicidal behavior.

• Only 34% of people who are injured by intimate partners receive medical care for their injuries.

• 1 in 5 women and 1 in 71 men in the United States has been raped in their lifetime.

• Almost half of female (46.7%) and male (44.9%) victims of rape in the United States were raped by an acquaintance. Of these, 45.4% of female rape victims and 29% of male rape victims were raped by an intimate partner.

• 19.3 million women and 5.1 million men in the United States have been stalked in their lifetime.60.8% of female stalking victims and 43.5% men reported being stalked by a current or former intimate partner.