Violence and Abuse

Orders of Protection

Under Missouri law, a person may seek an order of protection from acts, attempts, or threats from a family/household member or intimate partner, or from acts of stalking or sexual assault. Forms and instructions are available through Missouri Courts and Boone County.

MU Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention (RSVP) Center

Location: G216 MU Student Center, Columbia, MO 65211


Phone: 573-882-6638

  • Confidential and free response services, basic crisis intervention, ongoing case management, and advocacy.
  • Appointments and walk-in services 8:00am–4:00pm.
  • Available to all MU students, faculty and staff.
True North of Columbia

Contact: PO Box 1367, Columbia, MO 65205


Phone/Crisis Line: 573-875-1370 (Toll Free: 1-800-548-2480)

  • Confidential resource.
  • Provides 24/7 crisis services, advocacy, and safe shelter for Boone County, Missouri.
  • All services are free for qualified individuals.
Missouri Crisis Line

Call: 1-888-761-HELP (4357)

Text: HAND to 839-863 (standard rates apply)

  • Confidential resource.
  • Available 24 hours every day.
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) Hotline

Call: 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

  • Confidential resource.
  • Free national sexual assault hotline, available 24 hours every day.
  • Connects to nearest crisis hotline.
MUPD Self-Defense Courses


Phone: 573-882-5927

  • Classroom instruction and hands-on self defense practice with certified instructors.
  • Free courses available for men, women, and all-gender groups, including basic and advanced skills and aerosol/keychain defense.
National Sexual Violence Resource Center

Call: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or 1-800-787-3224 (TTY)

  • NCDSV offers consulting, training and advocacy on issues relating to domestic violence and sexual abuse.
Department of Defense (DoD) Safe Helpline

Call: 887-995-5247

  • Secure, confidential, and anonymous crisis support service specially designed for members of military community (including service members and loved ones) affected by sexual assault.