To provide a safe environment by educating, empowering and advocating for victims of domestic and sexual violence.
To effect social change by providing opportunities for individuals to realize and participate in the community’s responsibility to end domestic and sexual violence.
True North began as the “The Shelter” in the 1970’s when a group of University of Missouri graduate students formed a volunteer organization to serve rape survivors. As soon as the organization became known, the volunteers were overwhelmed with requests for service by women who were experiencing intimate partner violence.
True North is now a comprehensive domestic and sexual violence victim service program. The services provided are designed to empower those who have been battered or abused by an intimate partner, enabling them to begin the healing process and work towards regaining control of their lives again.
The goal of True North is to provide victims with safe housing, advocacy and support. This may include the systematic arrest, prosecution and sentencing of abusers, effective civil protection via Ex Parte Order of Protection, counseling and education groups, systems coordination and cooperation via written protocols within and among community agencies, and participation by and accountability to the victim advocacy groups.