Russell House

Empowering victims of domestic and sexual abuse by providing confidential services so that they may live their life violence free.


Phelps County Family Crisis Services, Inc. 

A safe place for victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence

Serving Crawford, Dent, Maries and Phelps counties since 1994

24 Hour Domestic Violence Crisis Line 1-800-998-8340

24 Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line 1-888-570-3703


Court Advocacy

A Court Advocate is not an attorney, but they are familiar with the legal system and can help with explanations of your legal rights and options in a domestic and/or sexual violence civil and criminal situations.

Court Advocacy services:

  • Assisting with Emergency order of protection
  • Assisting with Full order of protections
  • Assisting with Child order of protection
  • Being a support system and accompaniment for victims on court date(s)
  • Education on victim rights regarding domestic and sexual violence
  • Education on Adult Abuse Act
  • Safety planning
  • Liaison, only at the direction of victim, with civil and criminal judicial system personnel
  • Follow-up advocacy, at the victim's request, with court and law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, probation and parole personnel, juvenile authorities and the victim’s attorney
  • A court advocate provides necessary information and referrals to other agencies and resources.


Court Advocates Do Not:

  • Give legal advice
  • Make decisions for the client
  • Persuade the client to do something he/she feels uncomfortable with
  • Persuade the client to ask for more or less than he/she feels comfortable with
  • Give unrealistic expectations of the court process
  • Engage the judge in conversation regarding the client’s case or initiate conversation with the respondent or the respondent’s attorney
  • React overtly to the client, judge, respondent, and/or court personnel
  • Put themselves or their client in a dangerous situation
  • Assume the client knows about the legal process
  • Answer client’s questions without proper knowledge


Crawford County

The Women's Crisis Center, 116 E. Main, Steelville, MO 65565

(Office) 1-573-775-5101 or (Cell) 1-573-578-3587 


Dent County

Dent County Women's Crisis Center

103 East Fourth Street, Salem, MO 65560

(Office) 573-729-4774 or (Cell) 573-578-3586


Maries County

Maries County Women's Crisis Center, 109 Main St., P.O. Box 134, Vienna, MO 65582

(Office) 1-573-202-6586 or (Cell) 1-573-202-4103


Phelps County

Phelps County Court House Court Advocate

(Office) 1-573-458-6265 or (Cell) 1-573-578-8653