Compass Health Network


A Safe Place

Viewing this website could place you in danger.

Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear searches.

Please ensure you are using a safe computer.

If you are in danger and do not have access to a safe computer, call our 24-hour crisis hotline at 636-232-2301 or call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.

If you are at a safe computer, read below for steps to stay safe.

Steps to Stay Safe

Use a safe computer at a library or community center. This is especially important when researching escape plans. Searching for bus tickets, shelter information, housing, or classified ads on a home computer can alert your abuser and increase your risk.

If you bookmark this or any other site about domestic violence, your abuser may see your computer activity. If you can, clear all web browser cache, cookies, and history. See instructions below for reducing risks.

Instructions for Internet Explorer
1. To delete temporary internet files, cookies (cryptic bookmarks that a Website can place on your computer to acknowledge your visit) and web addresses in your history:
2. On the menu at the top of the browser window, click on Tools>Internet Options…
3. In the dialog window that opens, click on the “General” tab.
4. In the section labeled “Temporary Internet Files”, if you wish to delete all files and cookies, click on the “Delete Files…” button. A confirmation dialog will open asking if you want to delete all files in your temporary internet folder. Click “OK.”
5. If you wish to selectively delete files and cookies, click on the “Settings…” button. A dialog window will open. Click on the “View Files…” button. A window will open with a list of all your temporary internet files and cookies. You can highlight the files you wish to delete and hit the delete key or click Edit>Delete.
6. To empty the History folder, click on the “Clear History” button and then the “OK” button.

A Safe Place

Domestic Violence Shelter


A Safe Place Will Assure Survivors And Their Children A Comprehensive Treatment Process In A Safe And Secure Environment In Jefferson County.


To Provide, With Dignity And Respect, A Comprehensive, Quality Program Including Education, Therapy/Counseling, Shelter Advocacy, Accessibility, Referral Network, Etc. To Any Battered Survivor And His/Her Children.


“We will never forget our time at A Safe Place. At one time, we were just trying to make it through another day.
Now… we are happy. We don’t have much, but we have each other, tons of good times and a sense of security. Life is good.”


A Safe Place is a residential shelter and program providing services to meet immediate needs of domestic violence survivors and their children. Abuse may be physical, sexual, emotional, verbal, psychological, or the destruction of property or pets..

Children who grow up in violent homes frequently learn violence as an acceptable means of resolving conflict or exerting control. These children are more likely to become victims or abusers as adults. A Safe Place provides a comprehensive program for the survivor and family, teaching healthy conflict resolutions and lifestyles.

Living Quarters

The emergency shelter accommodates six families in a community living home until they can support themselves or family.

Daily Activities

Residents share in daily activities and learn skills such as cooking, parenting education, and other life skills.


Residents agree to a goal-based program which focuses on safety, healing, and financial independence.

Safe and Secure Environment
Access to Care
Pets Referral Program
Referral & Resourcing
24-Hour Staff
Therapy, Counseling, & Coaching
Perpetrator Referral


Shelter Care

Survivors learn to break the cycle of violence through individual counseling, support groups, education, comprehensive parenting, fitness, and wellness programs. Feelings of dependency are replaced with self-sufficiency. Self-esteem, assertiveness, communication, and decision-making skills are taught, and assistance with nutrition, budgeting, housing, job searching, and career planning is provided. Additional services include:

  • 24-Hour Crisis Hotline
  • Emergency Shelter Program
  • Residential Shelter Program
  • Individual and Group Therapy
  • Life Skills Group
  • Domestic Abuse Education Group
  • Court Advocacy
  • Recreational Activities
  • Child Play Therapy
  • Art Therapy
  • Crime Victims Advocacy

A Safe Place empowers survivors and their children to rise above the pain of domestic abuse and begin a safe and healthy life.

Community Groups

These support groups, free and on-going, empowers survivors to rise above the pain of domestic abuse and begin a safe and healthy life.

Learn from others’ experiences and support each other in the process of healing, change, and transformation.


Speak With Our Staff
Receive counseling, advocacy, referrals, and other services

Missouri Coalition Against Domestic Violence
State-wide domestic violence resources and network

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
National domestic violence resources and network

Secret Financial Escape Plan
Steps to quietly build a credit history

If you know a friend of loved one who is being abused, consider taking these steps:

Set up a time to talk. Try to make sure you have privacy and won’t be distracted or interrupted. Let her know you’re concerned about her safety.
Be supportive. Listen to her. It may be very hard for her to talk about the abuse. Tell her that she is not alone and that people want to help.
Offer specific help. You might say you are willing to just listen, to help her with child care, or to provide transportation, for example.
Keep in mind that you can’t “rescue” your friend. She has to be the one to decide it’s time to get help. Support her no matter what her decision.
Let your friend know that you will always be there no matter what.

More Information:
Know the different warning signs of abuse.
Learn more ways to help a friend or loved one who is being abused.
Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or 800-787-3224 (TDD).