The Citizens Against Domestic Violence (CADV) was established in 1985 to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Since that time, CADV has grown to serve a three-county area in mid-Missouri by providing services to all victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. These services include:
-Court/law enforcement advocacy
-Children's counseling program
-Sexual assault counseling
-Shelter for battered women and their children
Domestic violence is believed to be the most common, yet least reported, crime in the United States. Each year, an estimated three-to-four million women are beaten by their husbands or partners, and more than 1,000 (approximately four per day) are killed. Physical injury, emotional trauma, financial hardship, and inter-generational violence all occur as a result of violence in the home.
Like domestic violence, sexual assault is also a crime under reported by victims. An estimated one in ten sexual assaults are reported to law enforcement. One of every three women in the United States will be the victim of a sexual assault as some time in their lives. Emotional trauma and physical injury often occur as a result of sexual assault.