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


General Guidelines for Emergency Safety Planning

  • Preparing to leave an Abusive Relationship
  • You may need to request a police stand-by or escort while you leave
  • If you need to sneak away, be prepared as best as possible
  • Make a plan for how and where you will escape
  • Put aside emergency money as best you can
  • Know where you can go to get help; tell someone what is happening to you
  • If you are injured, go to a doctor or an emergency room and report what happened to you. Ask hospital personnel that they document your visit.
  • Plan with your children and identify a safe place for them, like a room with a lock or a friend’s house where they can go for help. Reassure them that their job is to stay safe, not to protect you.
  • Contact your local battered women’s shelter and find out about laws and other resources available to you before you have to use them during a crisis.
  • Keep a journal of all violent incidences, pictures of injuries, noting dates, events and threats made, if possible
  • Hide an extra set of car keys, house keys, etc
  • Pack an extra set of clothes for yourself and your children and store them at a safe site
  • Take with you important phone numbers of friends, relatives, doctors, etc.
  • Take important documents or copies of: 
    • Driver’s license
    • Regularly needed medication
    • Credit cards or a list of credit cards you hold yourself or jointly
    • Pay stubs
    • Checkbooks and information about bank accounts and other assets
  • ONLY if time is available, also take or have copies of: Citizenship documents (such as your passport, green card, etc.)
    • Titles, deeds and other property information
    • Medical records
    • Children’s school and immunization records
    • Insurance information
    • Copy of marriage license, birth certificates, will and other legal documents
    • Verification of social security numbers
    • Welfare identification

For assistance with emergency planning, call the Russell House 24 hour crisis line:

800.998.8340 or 888.570.3703

For further information on safety planning