If you or someone you know needs to talk, please consider reaching out to this free and confidential lifeline. Rose Brooks is here at 816-861-6100.
In August of 2023, Rose Brooks Center’s original service celebrated 45 years of providing critical care as a lifeline to thousands each year. In 1978, seven board members established a charter to support the community through shelters, hotlines, and education. On August 22, the Rose Brooks Hotline opened as a lifeline for the entire community – a first of its kind.
The term lifeline to describe a hotline is not used lightly. For victims in danger, it provides support, information, individual safety planning, resources, and a reminder that someone is out there who cares – and can help.
One survivor recounts her first call to the hotline.
“You’re supposed feel safe at home. And I just didn’t know how to do it… how to get away. So I just picked up the phone and made the call. I called Rose Brooks. They talked with me about my situation and told me there was space available. And I’d have to say it was one of the best days of our lives as a family. It was a decision that I made that helped to brighten my future.”
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A hotline is a place where anyone can turn for help, 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. For survivors who may be feeling overwhelmed or confused, hearing the voice on the other end of a crisis hotline can be the life-changing moment they need. Read an excerpt from one survivor explaining to her now adult daughter about the day she decided to make that life-changing call for herself . . . and for her children.
“I did consider what was happening to me domestic violence, but I didn’t know about abuse . . . because I had seen so many worse things in my life, and I didn’t know him hitting me was worse. I didn’t want that for my kids. I wanted my kids to know that life was not meant to be like that. It’s supposed to be peaceful. You were supposed to feel safe at home. And I just didn’t know how to get away. So I went ahead and made the call. I called Rose Brooks. And I’d have to say it was one of the best days of our life as a family to help bring us up. But it was a decision that I made that helped. It brightened our future, to help me to learn how to deal with domestic violence, how not to go back to it, how to recognize the signs, and to be able to move forward with my life.”