Violence and Abuse

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.