The mission of Rose Brooks Center is to break the cycle of domestic violence so that individuals and families can live free of abuse.  One of the oldest domestic violence shelters in Kansas City, Rose Brooks Center began when a group of volunteers, concerned about the abuse of women in the Kansas City area, opened a 24-hour crisis hotline in 1978, followed by an emergency residential shelter.  Today, Rose Brooks Center is one of the leading domestic violence shelters in Kansas City, and is recognized as a model program in providing comprehensive prevention, crisis intervention and supportive services to victims of domestic violence and their children.  Our shelter is a 48,000 square-foot, 100-bed facility located in Eastern Kansas City, serving women throughout the metropolitan area who are assessed to be at the highest risk of danger as determined by the Lethality Assessment Program.

We accomplish our mission through a full range of the following services: a 24-hour crisis line; a 100-bed emergency shelter for women and children; therapy; case management; children’s programming; court advocacy; a school-based violence prevention; hospital-based advocacy and intervention; economic empowerment; and the area’s first on-site animal shelter at a domestic violence facility.  

Since our beginnings in 1978, Rose Brooks Center has served over 225,000 women and children in crisis, and has grown in response to the needs of the community with transformational wrap-around services and systems change.