Victim Services

Crime in the United States touches everybody. The job of the criminal justice system is to protect, support, and serve our communities. Most citizens do not learn about the criminal justice system until they become victims of crime - the worst possible time to try and understand the complex roles and responsibilities of each of the players in the system.

The Cole County Prosecuting Attorney's Office recognizes these intimate crimes have a dramatic effect on victims and their family members. As a result, we participate in a community response program, which provides stronger services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Christina Suthoff is our Victims' Advocate, specializing in domestic violence and sexual assault. She is able to assist victims in the following areas:
  • Court/law enforcement advocacy
  • Crime victims compensation
  • Explanations of proceedings
  • Filing of ex parte orders and full orders of protection
  • Hospital advocacy
  • Resource referrals
  • Security issues
  • Security issues
  • Travel arrangements
  • Trial settings
Rape & Abuse Crisis Service (RACS)
The Jefferson City RACS was established in 1980 to assist victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. Since that time, RACS has grown to serve a 9-county area in mid-Missouri by providing services to all victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. These services include:
  • 24-hour hotline (800-303-0013; in Jefferson City, 573-634-4911)
  • Children's counseling program
  • Court/law enforcement advocacy
  • Crisis intervention
  • Domestic violence counseling
  • Hospital advocacy
  • Public education
  • Sexual assault counseling
  • Shelter for battered women and their children
Domestic Violence
Domestic violence is believed to be the most common, yet least reported, crime in the United States. Each year, an estimated 3-4 million women are beaten by their husbands or partners, and more than 1,000 (approximately 4 per day) are killed. Physical injury, emotional trauma, financial hardship, and intergenerational 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 1 - 10 sexual assaults are reported to law enforcement. One of every 3 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.