Ways to Support Yourself

When intimate partner violence, sexual violence, or stalking happens to you, it can be really hard to know what you may even need. Here at the RSVP Center, we’re here to support you in whatever your healing journey may look like. If you would like to talk with a professional trained to assist people navigate their journey, please schedule an appointment with our one of our team members on MUConnect. If you have difficulty navigating or accessing this platform, please email us at

If you are in need of immediate support:
MU Counseling Center’s Crisis line at 573-882-6601
True North Emergency Hotline at 1-800-548-2480
Emergency Services at 911

Ways to Support a Loved One

When someone discloses that they have experienced or are experiencing violence, it can be really tough to know what to say. At the RSVP Center, we like to encourage people to use our three pillar model: listen, believe, and support. Listen to what your loved one is telling you, really listen. Believe them and believe their story — it might not all make sense, add up, or sound like they did the “right thing” but none of that matters in the moment. What matters is that they feel believed. Finally, support them in any of their next decisions. Allow them to choose what to do next and don’t force them to seek out a resource or service that they aren’t comfortable using.

If you would like to speak with a trained professional who can help you navigate these conversations and provide more detailed supporting techniques, please schedule a meeting with a member of our staff through MUConnect. If you have any difficulty navigating or accessing this platform, please email us at