Dawn Davison
Victim Services Coordinator
Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

P.O. Box 100, Hillsboro, Missouri 63050

Office: (636) 797-5017
Fax:    (636) 797-5049
DDavison@jeffcomo.org

History -
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In 1994, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department responded to 1,141 domestic violence calls in the unincorporated areas of the county.  The Circuit Court Clerk's office issued 1,251 ExParte orders of protection.  In response to this level of domestic violence, Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer initiated a Domestic Violence Victim Services program.  The program began with the creation of a professional staff position and the employment of a Domestic Violence Victim Services Coordinator.

Rationale -

A Law Enforcement Victim Services Program has a unique advantage in that it can address the needs of victims that may never be served by another agency.  Shelters and other victim service agencies must generally wait for the victim to make contact with them.   Even a prosecution based victim witness advocate usually does not get involved in cases that are not prosecuted. 
A victim's isolation from support systems as a result of the abuse, makes it difficult to reach out for help.  A Law Enforcement based victim's advocate can have access to Police reports, initiate contact with victims, inform them that help is available, counsel with them about safety, security and possible options available to them.

Services Available -

Information about the Judicial System response to family violence

Information about the Dynamics of Family Violence

Information about Orders of Protection (exparte)

Public Information, education and awareness

Missouri Victim Automated Notification System (MOVANS) - Internet 

Missouri Victim Automated Notification System (MOVANS) - Telephone: 1-866-5-MOVANS 

Nationwide Victim Notification System - V.I.N.E.S.

Prosecutors Victim Services Unit

How do I petition for an order of protection?

Campaigns to End Abuse

Available Victim Services

LEAD Institute (Interpreter services for hearing-impaired domestic violence victims)     1-800-380-3323

Missouri Child Abuse Hotline     1-800-367-2543

Missouri Child Support Enforcement Unit     1-800-859-7999

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence     1-888-666-1911

Missouri Coalition Against Sexual Assault     1-877-7MO-CASA

Missouri Crime Victims Compensation Program     1-800-347-6881

Missouri Elder Abuse Hotline     1-800-392-0210

Missouri Office for Victims of Crime     1-866-334-MOVC

Missouri Victim Assistance Network     1-800-698-9199

Mothers against Drunk Driving, State Office     1-800-736-MADD

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children     1-800-843-5678
TDD Hotline     1-800-826-7653

Parents of Murdered Children     1-800-818-POMC 


 

 

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