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Who We Are

The Women’s Safe House mission is to empower women and families to rebuild their lives free of domestic and sexual abuse through emergency services, education and advocacy. The Women’s Safe House serves as a haven for women and families who are in immediate danger and are fleeing domestic violence.

The Women’s Safe House is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization open 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, serving approximately 400—600 women and children annually. The Women’s Safe House is one of the few residential programs that accept male children 12-18 years of age, and is the only shelter in the state of Missouri to offer a twelve-month AfterCare program.

All of our programs and services are free and confidential.

What Can I Do to Help?

Volunteers and donors play an important role to ensure that The Women’s Safe House is able to maintain and expand our vital services for battered women and their children.

Your contribution of time and financial support makes a real difference in the lives of the women and children we serve. For more information, please visit How You Can Help The Women’s Safe House.

I Need Help. What Can I Do?

Those who have suffered from domestic violence often feel isolated and unsure of themselves. You can be made to feel that you are to blame for what has occurred, or that you are crazy for feeling the way you do. You may feel intimidated and afraid to seek help. Understand that this is the result of domestic abuse.

If you believe that you are the victim of domestic violence, you should know:

  • You are not alone.
  • It’s not your fault.
  • You can get help.

For immediate help, call our 24 hour Crisis Intervention Hotline at 314-772-4535 The Women’s Safe House is here for you.


A community where everyone is free from abuse.


The Women’s Safe House (TWSH) mission is to empower women and families to rebuild their lives free of domestic and sexual abuse through emergency services, education, and advocacy.

Core Values

  • Safety – We recognize that our top priority needs to remain the safety and protection of those who have been subjected to domestic violence.
  • Independence – We prioritize eliminating all forms of oppression in programming and provision of services.
  • Respect – We root ourselves in our shared humanity and treat each other with kindness and compassion. We are at our best when we honor the equal dignity and worth of all people – even in the face of conflict.
  • Confidentiality – We believe that everyone has a personal responsibility to protect the confidentiality of those we serve.
  • Voice and Choice – We acknowledge that people who have experienced domestic abuse do not need someone telling them what to do and they are the best judge of their safety and situation.
  • Accountability – We commit to putting practices in place that ensure accountability and ownership of our individual and organizational actions.
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – We will foster an environment where every member of our community feels a sense of inclusion and belonging.

What is Domestic Violence?

Domestic Violence is defined by the Department of Justice as:

“A pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.  Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviors that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.

“Domestic violence not only affects those who are abused, but also has a substantial effect on family members, friends, co-workers, other witnesses, and the community at large. Children, who grow up witnessing domestic violence, are among those seriously affected by this crime. Frequent exposure to violence in the home not only predisposes children to numerous social and physical problems, but also teaches them that violence is a normal way of life – therefore, increasing their risk of becoming society’s next generation of victims and abusers.”

For more information about domestic violence and the impact it has on our society, please visit The Women’s Safe House Domestic Violence Community Education page.