Statistics show the majority of domestic violence victims are women;
however men are also victims of domestic violence.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
800-799-SAFE (7233) or 800-787-3224 (TTY)
Saving the lives of newborn babies from the danger
of abandonment or death by allowing a parent(s) to
voluntarily deliver their child safely to a Hospital,
Ambulance station, Fire station or Police station
without the fear of prosecution.
Domestic Violence... What is it?
Domestic Violence can occur within a number of relationships: married couples, abuse of elders by family members, abuse between roommates, dating couples and those in lesbian and gay relationships. In an abusive relationship, the abuser may use a number of tactics other than physical violence in order to maintain power and control over his or her partner such as:
• Controlling the finances
• Coercion and threats
• Emotional and verbal abuse
• Minimizing, denying and blaming
• Using the children
The Lethality Assessment Program (LAP)
Spearheaded by the Maryland Network Against Domestic Violence the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department implemented the LAP program on June 1, 2009. The LAP is a multi-pronged intervention program that identifies victims of domestic violence who are at risk of being seriously injured or killed by their intimate partners and immediately connects them to the domestic violence service provider in their area. The process involves a simple, user-friendly 11-question lethality screening tool and an accompanying response and referral protocol. The LAP is used by law enforcement officers and other first responders. If a victim screens in at "high danger", the screener immediately makes a phone call to the local 24-hour domestic violence hotline to seek guidance and encourages the victim to speak with the hotline worker as well. Hot line workers trained in the LAP use special guidelines to communicate with and engage victims who have not come to terms with the seriousness of the situation to avail themselves of program services. Victims identified at high risk through the LAP, but who have chosen not to seek program services, often receive follow-up visits or telephone calls of encouragement.
What does the Domestic Violence Section investigate?
The Domestic Violence Section handles all ADULT (17 years of age and older) domestic violence whose victims are in heterosexual or same sex relationships. These crimes include:
• Aggravated Assault
• Non-Aggravated Assault
• Violation of Order of Protection
• Violation of Full Order of Protection
• Stalking (non-sexual)
• Intimidation/Harassment (non-sexual)
• Elder Abuse
What does the Domestic Violence Section not investigate?
• Sexual Crimes
• Death from injuries. These crimes are investigated by the Homicide Unit at (816) 234-5043.
• Assault crimes involving juveniles (16 years of age and younger)
- Juvenile victims are investigated by Crimes Against Children (CAC) at (816) 234-5150.
- Juvenile suspects are investigated by the Assault Squad at (816) 234-5227.
What is the definition of "Domestic"?
• Two adults (17 years of age or older) are engaged in a sexual relationship.
• Immediate family members, which include up to one generation of separation (i.e. first cousins, grandparents and in-laws).
• Person's living together with one of the relationships listed above.
• This does not include roommates with a platonic relationship.
City charge vs. State charge.
• City Charge - There is probable cause for arrest; a warrant application will be completed and submitted or an arrest is made at the scene by officers. At this time the investigation is completed and a detective will not be assigned.
• State Charge - There is probable cause for arrest; the severity of the injuries, use of a weapon, prior criminal history will be taken in to consideration to warrant state charges. A detective will be assigned for further investigation.
If you need information on how to obtain an Order of Protection or find a women's shelter
CLICK HERE for victim resources.
- *** Once the allegation of Domestic Violence has been made, no one can “drop the charges” but the prosecutor or judge. DO NOT CALL the Domestic Violence Section attempting to “drop charges.” ***
- Has your contact information changed since you made your report? PLEASE notify us by contacting the Domestic Violence Section at (816) 234-5235. Please have your Case Report Number (CRN) when you call or include it in your email.