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Rose Brooks Center is committed to making Kansas City a safer community for all families.  That is why we collaborate with so many community partners and systems to ensure that every victim of violence has access to the services he or she needs to survive and thrive. 

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:: Hospital Advocacy :: Police Partnership
:: The Judicial System :: Rose Brooks in the Schools

The Bridge Program of Rose Brooks Centers™

As you might expect, the health care system is often the first point of contact for a victim of domestic violence. That’s why Rose Brooks Center devotes significant resources to hospitals and clinics through its successful Bridge Program, preparing medical staff to recognize the signs – and then make the call for help.

The Bridge Program is located in eight Greater Kansas City Metropolitan area hospitals and four community clinics including Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics, Children’s Mercy South, Research Medical Center, Research Medical Center – Brookside Campus, Saint Joseph Health Center, Saint Luke's Hospital, Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill and The University of Kansas Hospital, Cabot Westside Health Center, Kansas City Free Health Clinic, Samuel U. Rodgers Community Health Center, and Swope Health Central.

The Bridge Program of Rose Brooks Center has Four Components:

Crisis intervention – Bridge counselors meet on-site with hospital or clinic patients, listen to their stories and direct them to Rose Brooks Center for support and resources they may need. The resources that are provide on-site in the healthcare setting include:
     - Help in finding a safe place for you and your children to stay
     - Legal resources such as Orders of Protection (restraining orders)
     - Linkage to individual or group counseling
     - Assistance in calling the police and filing charges
     - On-going support and connection to additional community resources

Training - Rose Brooks Center also works “behind the scenes” to integrate domestic violence awareness into the hospital’s day-to-day operations. Health care providers are trained to recognize the signs and symptoms of domestic violence, and how to talk to patients about what may be happening at home.

Policies & Procedures – Bridge coordinators meet regularly with an assigned domestic violence task force in each hospital, making sure the hospital’s policies are supporting a proactive approach to domestic violence intervention.

Community Awareness – Finding the support women need to reclaim their lives is not always easy. Bridge employees and volunteers work to generate awareness of Rose Brooks Center, not only in hospitals but also with a range of targeted marketing efforts.

To learn more about the Bridge Program or to request a representative at your medical facility, please contact Tanya Draper Douthit at (816) 523-5550, ext. 421 or

Police Partnership:

Police officers confront domestic violence situations daily, and it is our goal to provide all officers with the resources they need to provide fair and supportive care to women and children in need.

In June 2009, Rose Brooks Center partnered with the KCMO Police Department for a program aimed at preventing domestic violence homicides. The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP) helps law enforcement determine a victim’s risk level and connects her to the emergency hotline for immediate assistance.  This incredibly successful partnership greatly increased the demand for our services, resulting in Rose Brooks Center’s emergency shelter expansion campaign scheduled to be completed spring 2012.  

Our full-time Police Advocate is placed in the Police Department’s DV Unit, where she plays a role in keeping the lines of communication open between the police department and Rose Brooks Center.

The Judicial System:

The court system is an intimidating and difficult process for anyone.  But for victims of domestic violence, it can be especially frightening and traumatizing.  That’s why we have Rose Brooks Center Court Advocates located in the courts to assist the victim throughout the entire process. Court Advocates work closely with domestic violence victims every day, guiding them through court proceedings, helping them navigate the legal system, assisting with filing petitions for Orders of Protection, and alerting them to the programs and services available to them through Rose Brooks Center.

Project SAFE

Rose Brooks Center Prevention Specialists are located in 43 schools throughout the Kansas City Metro area.  Project SAFE provides ongoing, long-term support to children and teens (K-12) who have experienced or witnessed trauma.  In addition to family violence, Project SAFE Prevention Specialists also assist young people who suffer loss, our homeless, experience bullying or any other factor that may keep them from being successful in the classroom. Prevention Specialists help children and teens learn how to communicate effectively, respond non-aggressively and live a violence-free life. 


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