Collaboration Helps Save Lives



Bringing together program and service providers, the Jackson County Domestic Violence Fatality Review (JCDVFR) team is a collective which has been years in the making. The team will review domestic violence-related fatalities to better understand the dynamics of domestic violence-related homicides and near fatal cases, and develop recommendations and strategies to prevent future deaths.

This collective is vital, in particular to those helping protect domestic violence victims and survivors. “Our work centers around saving lives and preventing future domestic violence occurrences and homicides,” explains Rose Brooks Center CEO, Lisa Fleming. “This review will enhance the community’s coordinated response to those who need us most – victims and survivors of domestic violence.”

The JCDVFR team launched its new review process in May after years of collaboration, and is committed to creating the systems and societal change needed to ultimately save more lives.

Original Jackson County Safe Family Coalition members.

Read our press release to learn more about the team, its review process and launch at

Pictured left to right: Detective Erika Albin (Lee’s Summit PD), MaryAnne Metheny (Hope House), Ilene Shehan (Hope House), Lisa Fleming (Rose Brooks Center), Donna Bushur (Health Forward Foundation), and Sonia Medellin (Mattie Rhodes)

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Rose Brooks Center

Rose Brooks Center is about saving lives. Read letters from the CEO, stories about featured programs, and more here.

Bridge Program

Serving patients experiencing domestic violence in the safety of local hospitals and clinics.

Children's Programs

Offering a wide variety of services to support the emotional and physical well-being of children who are healing from domestic violence.

Community Training

Since 2001, Rose Brooks Center has been providing quality domestic violence education to the Kansas City community and beyond.

Court Advocacy

Advocating for and guiding survivors through complex court systems.

Economic Empowerment

Helping survivors repair the effects of economic abuse through credit repair, budgeting, and education.

Emergency Shelter

Providing a safe sanctuary where individuals, families, and pets are welcomed, wrapped in support, and can begin to heal.

Employment Advocacy

Employment Advocacy includes developing job interview skills, job search, and ongoing support to survivors in maintaining employment.


Providing confidential support, information, individual safety planning, resources, and more. The 24-hour Hotline is 816-861-6100.


Helping survivors find safe, affordable housing and gain economic stability within a safe home, free from violence.

Onsite Clinic

On-site medical and healthcare services within the safety of emergency shelter.

Pet Shelter

An on-site state-of-the art pet shelter for dogs, cats, and other family pets.

Police Advocacy

Providing advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and education for officers to improve victims safety.

Project SAFE

A school-based violence prevention program working to end the cycle of domestic violence by providing support to youth dealing with violence at home or communities.


Stories about our incredible volunteers and the work they do to support our mission.