Rose Brooks’ FIRST Program



In August of 2020, Rose Brooks Center’s original service celebrated 42 years of providing critical care as a lifeline to thousands each year. In 1978, seven board members established a charter to support the community through shelters, hotlines, and education. On August 22, the Rose Brooks Hotline opened as a lifeline for the entire community – a first of its kind.

The term lifeline to describe a hotline is not used lightly. For victims in danger, it provides support, information, individual safety planning, resources, and a reminder that someone is out there who cares – and can help.

One survivor recounts her first call to the hotline. “You’re supposed feel safe at home. And I just didn’t know how to do it… how to get away. So I just picked up the phone and made the call. I called Rose Brooks. They talked with me about my situation and told me there was space available. And I’d have to say it was one of the best days of our lives as a family. It was a decision that I made that helped to brighten my future.”

If you or someone you know needs to talk, please consider reaching out to this free and confidential lifeline. Rose Brooks is here at 816-861-6100.

To read more about Rose Brooks Center’s start, and how we determined our name, visit our overview page at

Rose Brooks Is Here

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.