Domestic Violence Enforcement Unit (DOVE), are highly trained staff who work directly with victims of domestic violence, initiating the contact within hours of the incident being reported to law enforcement. True North DOVE advocates have offices at True North, the Columbia Police Department and the Boone County Sheriff’s Office. It is a unique team approach – law enforcement, prosecuting attorney’s office, probation and parole and True North work together – meeting monthly to ensure that every victim of domestic or sexual violence receives the opportunity for services and that their rights are protected under the laws of the State of Missouri.
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. In addition, we provide training and education to schools, business and organizations.
Individual counseling is offered to residents of shelter and non-residential clients of the agency. The Person-Centered Approach is used during one-on-one sessions to assist individuals in meeting personal goals, including but not limited to, beginning or continuing the healing process on each individual’s own terms.
Domestic and sexual violence weekly support groups are offered as a space for survivors to share, to provide encouragement and solace, and to connect with other individuals with, perhaps, similar experiences. The groups are facilitated in confidential locations.
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.
We provide community outreach education to civic groups, churches, businesses, and service providers and through collaboration with media outlets. Information is power and powerful. Knowing the signs of domestic violence and safe intervention techniques may save a life.
Part of the answer to creating a safe community is preventative education in middle school, high school and college settings – teen outreach with role-playing techniques – peer pressure strategies – safety tips for teens and college students. Reaching our youth to redirect unhealthy relationship behaviors reduces the potential for the behaviors to carry over into adulthood. Please fill out our presentation request and a member of our staff will reach out to you.