Kansas City in the state of Missouri has become one of the only cities in the United States to have its own dedicated support center for LGBTI victims of domestic violence in 2016.
The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project‘s domestic violence and sexual assault services center is the only place of its kind servicing the states of Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska and Iowa.
The service center is supplying its clients with a range of services including help with food and clothing, employment assistance and legal and medical advocacy.
The service center is unable to provide overnight shelter for domestic violence victims on site but it can help them with finding hotels or other safe housing options.
The service center also wants to assist victims of abuse in seeking assistance from law enforcement as the Kansas City Anti-Violence Project says only a small percent of its clients feel comfortable contacting police at times of need because they feel their situation won’t be taken seriously.
‘They know that if they call here the staff will understand their unique circumstances when it comes to violence,’ the project’s executive director Justin Shaw told the Associated Press.
The Kansas City Anti-Violence Project was created in 2002 in response to a tragic murder suicide involving a gay couple after the news media had simply reported them as being just ‘roommates.’
The group takes walk in appointments from 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday at 4050 Pennsylvania Avenue, Ste 135 in Kansas City, Missouri.