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Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional or psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence varies dramatically.

Newhouse primarily serves Kansas City’s urban core—an area where the majority of people live below poverty level, are exposed to high rates drugs/crime, and lack adequate education and employment skills. Our 88-bed shelter and transitional facility provides safety, respite, and a host of wraparound services to affect a positive change.

Our integrated approach includes, but is not limited to:

Those we serve:

  • Each year, with assistance from local law enforcement, Newhouse staff welcome as many as 1,000 women and children, by providing safe shelter, therapy and advocacy.
  • Of those served, 79% come from the Kansas City metropolitan area. Others come from cities across the country to escape abuse. 60% have previously sought shelter, having left their abuser 4 times.
  • The average age of a woman receiving safe shelter is 35. The average age of a child is 6.
  • Those seeking safety have experienced abuse from a spouse, intimate partner, and parent. Types of abuse include physical, financial, emotional, sexual, stalking, and destruction of property and pets.
  • 48% of women in shelter witnessed domestic violence as a child.
  • 36% of children in shelter have witnessed violence or abuse.
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