Ways To Support

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 case coordinator, on MUConnect. If you have any difficulty navigating or accessing this platform, please email us at rsvp@missouri.edu.

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 our 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 our case coordinator through MUConnect. If you have any difficulty navigating or accessing this platform, please email us at rsvp@missouri.edu.

Ways to Support the RSVP Center

If you’d like to make a cash gift, you can utilize the Relationship and Sexual Violence Prevention Gift Fund through the Mizzou Give Direct page.

If you would like to consider other giving opportunities such as establishing a scholarship, gifts of securities, or including the RSVP Center in a planned gift, please contact Katryna Sardis at 573-82-1003 or Sardisk@Missouri.edu.

Ways to Support Local Agencies

The RSVP Center works closely with three local agencies dedicated to educating, preventing, and responding to intimate partner violence, sexual violence and stalking. Please reach out to them with any monetary/physical donations and to find other ways to get involved through their agency.

True North
PO Box 1367, Columbia MO 65205

DeafLEAD Institute
2505 W Ashe Street

University Hospital SANE Clinic
1 Hospital Drive, Columbia MO 65212