Seeking Justice and Healing

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The criminal justice system can be daunting for anyone, let alone someone who is experiencing the trauma of being a victim of crime. When survivors of domestic violence step into a court room, they are often coming face to face with the person who hurt them for the first time since the assault, and it can be terrifying.

As we consider the victim, who is not only seeking justice but healing, we realize there is a gap that needs to be filled in supporting them through the process. Rose Brooks Center has been providing this assistance through our Court Advocate program for over 19 years in several Jackson County courts, including Order of Protection, Municipal, and Family Courts. Advocates talk victims through what will happen in court, walk with them through court hearings and answer any questions the victim may have – and this is all before entering the court room!

The program impact is incredibly substantial to those entering the legal system. Rose Brooks’ services include, but are not limited to, safety planning, crisis intervention, assistance with community resources and filing orders of protection. We additionally provide support to victims in criminal court and protection order court in matters such as explaining court procedures, accompanying victims to hearings, assisting in filing for protection orders, assisting victims through the processes should an order be violated, and filing for Crime Victims’ Compensation.

Because of this great need, we are proud to have been a significant and respected part of the Jackson County court and legal systems for nearly two decades, standing alongside survivors like Leslie (quoted below), when they needed us most.

“We had a court appearance. I was terrified to go by myself. I was very blessed that Rose Brooks Center had a court advocate to go with me. By showing up with the advocate, it deflated his power. He was shocked that I had someone from Rose Brooks with me.” – Leslie, previous shelter resident and current survivor!

To learn more about our court program visit: www.rosebrooks.org/services/community-outreach

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Serving patients experiencing domestic violence in the safety of local hospitals and clinics.
Offering a wide variety of services to support the emotional and physical well-being of children who are healing from domestic violence.
Since 2001, Rose Brooks Center has been providing quality domestic violence education to the Kansas City community and beyond.
Advocating for and guiding survivors through complex court systems.
Helping survivors repair the effects of economic abuse through credit repair, budgeting, and education.
Providing a safe sanctuary where individuals, families, and pets are welcomed, wrapped in support, and can begin to heal.
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.
On-site medical and healthcare services within the safety of emergency shelter.
An on-site state-of-the art pet shelter for dogs, cats, and other family pets.
Providing advocacy services for victims of domestic violence and education for officers to improve victims safety.
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.
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