Every dollar you give makes a difference in the lives of those we serve. 90% of all dollars received go directly into our program.


We are always in need of volunteers in the following areas: Children’s Services, Hospital & Court Advocates, Residential Assistants, Hotline Services & Special Projects.

Urgent Needs

Our shelves are getting bare, please help us restock items for our clients. Here you will find our “Wish List” of items that are needed at the True North shelter.

Who We Are

Our History

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 all victims with safe housing, advocacy and support. This advocacy and support may encompass initial contact through continuous counseling, protection, housing assistance, and appropriate legal actions.

Our Services

Empowering and advocating for victims of domestic and sexual violence

Emergency Shelter

Safe shelter available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days of the year to victims and their minor children of domestic and sexual violence fleeing abusive situations.

Domestic Violence Enforcement Unit (DOVE)

Columbia’s coordinated community response to domestic violence, including the Columbia Police Department, Boone County Sheriff’s Department, Boone County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office and Probation and Parole. We can help you fill out orders of protection 24 hour a day, 7 days a week and provide emotional support in the courts.


Community education and awareness for audiences of all ages. If you are interested in an outreach session, please complete our form and we will contact you as soon as possible.

24/7 Hotline

Referral information, emotional support and safety planning; Toll Free in Missouri available 24 hours a day 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Call for emergency and non-emergency needs: 1-800-548-2480

Domestic & Sexual Violence Education

Individual sessions about the nature and dynamics of domestic or sexual violence, including crisis intervention, safety planning and advocacy services. Call us today to schedule your free domestic or sexual violence education session.

Hospital Advocacy

Support for victims of domestic or sexual violence in local area emergency rooms through advocacy, crisis intervention, emotional support and information about community resources. Let your nurse or attendant know that you would like a trained advocate to respond.


Individual counseling sessions for meeting client goals in trauma recovery including post-traumatic stress disorder.

Support Groups

Weekly sessions offering group support and recovering from relationship and sexual violence.

Ready to Become a Volunteer

Will you help us support, empower and protect victims of intimate partner violence, sexual assault or human trafficking?

Here’s how we made an impact last year


Hotline Calls


Volunteer Hours


Emergency Shelter Bed Nights


Participants Served

Our Mission

To provide safety, shelter, education and transitional support for those who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence and to empower all to create a safer community.

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