ALIVE's mission is to provide counseling, emergency sanctuary and other critical services to adults and children impacted by domestic abuse, as well as to increase awareness in order to create a supportive community. ALIVE's vision is to end domestic abuse, restoring safety and peace one family at a time.
ALIVE (Alternatives to Living in Violent Environments) was founded in 1983 through the shared vision of two women with graduate degrees from Washington University, who worked as advocates for battered women. Aware of the critical need for safe shelter for women and children victimized by domestic violence in St. Louis, they decided to fill the existing void in services. ALIVE's humble beginnings were in two rooms donated by a local church, with two volunteer co-directors and six safe home providers who shared their homes with battered women and their children when safe shelter was unavailable. In addition to this temporary sanctuary program, four support groups were held weekly.
ALIVE was incorporated in 1985 and with great determination and vision ALIVE prospered into a full-service domestic violence agency. Today's "Nights of Safety" program remains true to the founders' original concept of providing temporary emergency sanctuary when all domestic violence shelter beds are full. ALIVE's additional services include:
a 24-hour crisis line.
individual and group adult counseling.
children's treatment program.
ALIVE's paid staff has grown from one half-time person to the current count of twelve full-time and five part-time employees. The operational volunteer corps that started with eight women now numbers 50 strong.
During Fiscal Year 2012/13 ALIVE provided services to 1,239 adults and 622 children by:
answering 10,066 crisis calls.
furnishing emergency shelter for 195 victims of domestic violence and 251 children, totaling 1,242 "Nights of Safety."
assisting 452 clients with 769 court actions.
providing 3,742 hours of individual adult counseling services to 405 clients.
providing 1,657 hours of children's services to 418 children and parents.
facilitating 65 support groups with 53 individuals in attendance.
We couldn't do without the help of our dedicated volunteers who provided 21,929 hours of volunteer service!
LOCAL & STATE STATISTICS
According to the Uniform Crime Statistics, in 2012:
St. Louis County Police responded to 4,180 domestic violence calls.
St. Louis City Police responded to 2,628 domestic violence calls.
St. Charles Police responded to 1,221 domestic violence calls.
Jefferson County Sheriff's Department responded to 1,323 domestic violence calls.
Franklin County Sheriff's Department responded to 532 domestic violence calls.
These figures represent only those crimes that reported as domestic violence. The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that more than 40% of all domestic violence is unreported.
According to the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence:
In the St. Louis area, 11,176 adults and 4,4504 children received domestic violence services in 2011.
Across Missouri, 5,354 women and 4,735 children were provided 345,394 bednights of shelter in 2011.
The number of individuals turned away because a shelter was full was 18,635 in 2011.
Missouri programs assisted 16,747 individuals with Orders of Protection in 2011.
A woman is battered every 9 seconds.
More than 3.3 million children are exposed to domestic violence each year.
One out of every five couples experiences domestic violence.
More than 1.5 million women are raped or sexually assaulted by an intimate partner each year.
Thirty percent of female homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner each year.
Family violence is a leading health problem for women.
The health-related costs of rape, assault, stalking and homicide is $5.8 billion each year.