The Rose Brooks Bridge Program™ is a free and confidential service for men and women experiencing intimate partner violence. These services are available in hospitals and clinics throughout the Kansas City Metro.
Patients can request to meet with a Bridge Advocate in the safety of the hospital or clinic. Hospital or clinic staff may also offer an advocate after speaking with the patient. Advocates will listen, believe and support the individual, and discuss safety options, while offering additional resources and follow up.
The Bridge Program™ advocates support five health systems across 14 different sites. Support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every single day of the year. Last year, 681 patients experiencing intimate partner violence met with hospital advocates.
As one of our longest-standing community programs, The Bridge Program launched in Truman Medical Center 25 years ago, and has continued to evolve to meet the needs of the community as well as the healthcare system.
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Bridge Advocates are required to attend two evening domestic violence trainings, as well as two evening and one Saturday Bridge-specific training. After these group trainings, Bridge Advocates will shadow an experienced volunteer who will teach you how to apply the information you learned in training to patient interaction until you feel confident to begin taking shifts on your own. We ask volunteers to provide on-call hours each month, which they choose. Volunteers sign up for on-call shifts to provide coverage between 5:00 pm to 8:00 am Monday through Friday, weekends and holidays.
Most volunteers utilize their cell phone, but a pager can also be issued. This way, you can go about your day and only respond if a patient is in need of Bridge services.