The Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Program, known as Green Hills Women’s Shelters, includes two shelter facilities; one located in Trenton, Missouri (Grundy County) opened in November of 1996; and one located in Cameron, Missouri (Clinton-DeKalb County) opened in December of 2009. The two shelter facilities operate 24 hours per day, year-round, with our objectives being to provide safe shelter, crisis intervention, court-related advocacy, case management, counseling and other comprehensive services to domestic violence/sexual assault victims.
With two fully operational domestic violence shelters in service, the Green Hills Women’s Shelter’s future plans are as follows: (1) Maintain quality care and services to women and children needing safe refuge; (2) provide crisis intervention, legal advocacy and support to domestic violence/sexual assault victims and their children; (3) continue to expand the educational offerings to domestic violence/sexual assault victims, their children, community groups and schools to help alleviate the incidence of violence against women and children.
Domestic violence and sexual assault are devastating crimes that directly affect many women, men and children in the rural areas of Missouri. This crime affects all racial, cultural and economic backgrounds. 1 in 4 women experience domestic violence and 1 in 6 women experience a sexual assault by an intimate partner during an average 12 month period. More than 1 million women and children each year seek medical help for injuries caused by battering and sexual assault; the most single major cause of injury to women. The cost of medical care for victims of domestic/sexual violence victims exceeds $6 billion per year. Of that amount, $4.2 billion is attributed to direct medical and mental health care services and nearly $1.8 billion is attributed to lost productivity and wages.
Green Hills Women’s Shelters’ a eleven county service area is rural in nature and consists of a population of approximately 85,116 people; with the primary industry being agriculturally based and comprised of many small family farms and corporate hog farms. Small businesses, meat processing plants, and manufacturing companies make up the remaining work sites. Average median income for this area is approximately $31,329 per capita compared to the State median income of $45,012. Throughout our service area there is an average of 15.4% of families that live below the poverty line.
There are significant emotional, social and financial problems associated with domestic/sexual violence. A woman with children who is abused or sexually assaulted is likely to face severe economic hardship; generally the family income will drop and they may become dependent on public assistance, struggle with finding living wage employment, and face the dilemma of finding alternative safe, affordable housing for herself and her children.
Green Hills Women’s Shelter helps victims get their lives back together with a 24 hour hotline, safe shelter, safety planning, crisis intervention, case management, counseling, legal advocacy, relocation services, housing/utility assistance, goal planning, support groups, job location assistance and training, if necessary, transportation, personal advocacy and referrals. Our facility can also assist with caring for your precious pets through a special donation fund where we are able to partner with local facilities to board your pet until you can get established in your own home.