The Victim Center provides free-of-charge services – such as counseling, 24-hour crisis intervention, advocacy, and court support – to men, women, and children, victims who have survived any type of violent or sexual crime within southwest Missouri, and surrounding areas. The agency also provides free-of-charge prevention education programs to children in schools and to individuals in community groups.
The Victim Center was founded in 1976 as the Rape Crisis Center, and at the time, it only provided crisis intervention services to adult victims of sexual assault.
In 1980, The Victim Center developed a school-based prevention education program that was adopted by the Springfield Public Schools and continues today.
In 1984, services expanded beyond the initial scope to include individual counseling for victims of sexual assault and their families. In 1988, the agency’s name changed to the Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Center, which expanded services to include sexually abused children and their non-offending parents.
The agency’s services continued to expand, and by 1991, it became the Missouri Victim Center, which provided services to all men, women, and child victims of violent or sexual crimes.
In 1997, the agency’s name changed to The Victim Center to avoid confusion with state agencies. Today it continues to provide comprehensive services to all victims within southwest Missouri.