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Resources for Sexual Assault Survivors


ALIVE – Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments

ALIVE provides counseling, emergency sanctuary, and other critical services to adults and children impacted by domestic abuse.



Bridgeway’s Sexual Assault Center is the only rape crisis center in St. Charles County. They serve a combination of rural, suburban, and urban areas within the Greater St. Louis Area and its outlying counties. Bridgeway is the only multi­-service agency in the region which provides services to sexual violence and domestic abuse victims as well as treating substance abuse and other addictive disorders. This is important because they have identified that a majority of women seeking treatment for addictive disorders at any given time are or have been victims of battery and/or sexual abuse. Their crisis line is available 24/7 for those needing assistance. All services are offered free of charge and the length of service is not restricted but based solely on the needs of the clients. Clients have an advantage when receiving services at Bridgeway because they can identify and treat many of the disorders and illnesses that come from trauma related events. Their referral services to partners within the community can assist clients in finding resources for housing, nutrition, education, and employment.


Crime Victim Advocacy Center

Crime hurts – physically, financially, and psychologically – for weeks, months, and even years after the crime occurs. Personal injuries and financial burdens are often compounded by unexpected emotional turmoil affecting all aspects of a person’s life. The Crime Victim Center of St. Louis (CVC) is here to listen and help. They provide resources, counseling, advocacy, and referral for thousands of victims of crime and their families.


Kathy J. Weinman Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence

The Kathy J. Weinman Shelter is a 39-bed domestic violence program for abused women and their children. The Shelter’s mission is to offer safe shelter and support services to promote the healing of women and their children suffering the trauma of intimate partner violence. Working together with individuals, families, and the community to break the cycle of violence, they provide safety, encouragement, support, and education through an array of comprehensive services.


KINETIC Counseling – Carly Sparks, MSW, LCSW

Providing individual therapy, couples counseling, family therapy, adolescent and child therapy, and workplace presentations and training, Kinetic Counseling embraces each individual’s strengths, aspirations, interests, life learning, and personal beliefs with the primary objective of helping the client gain forward momentum.


Legal Services of Eastern Missouri

Legal Services of Eastern Missouri advances justice through legal representation, education, and supportive services. They partner with the community to improve lives, promote fairness, and create opportunities for those in need.


Lydia’s House

The mission of Lydia’s House is to provide a supportive and stable environment for women and children in crisis. Each guest and her children will be helped to move into long term housing at the end of her stay. It is a place of hope and healing as well as a springboard from which guests can seek training, new skills, and work that will provide for their needs. Women live in community, share life and meals with one another, and are encouraged in their personal spiritual journeys.


Safe Connections

The mission of Safe Connections is to reduce the impact and incidence of relationship violence and sexual assault through education, crisis intervention, counseling, and support services.


St. Louis Rabbinical Association

The St. Louis Rabbinical Association is the central organization for Jewish rabbis and cantors in the region. The membership comprises Conservative, Orthodox, Reconstructionist, Reform, and Renewal clergy in congregational and agency positions. Please contact them if you need a referral to one of their member rabbis or cantors.


YWCA Women’s Resource Center

YWCA Metro St. Louis Women’s Resource Center assists more than 1,000 victims annually. Its sexual assault response team works collaboratively with St. Louis City and County police officers, area hospitals, and prosecutors as well as with other victim service agencies. Crisis services are provided at no cost to victims.


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