Safety First Initiative is a local collaboration serving the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. Members include the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault (MOCSA), Rose Brooks Center, and the University of Missouri Kansas City Institute for Human Development. MOCSA serves as the Kansas City rape crisis center and uses a comprehensive service model to assist survivors of sexual abuse. Rose Brooks Center has served the Kansas City community for over 30 years, providing domestic violence emergency services and working to eliminate violence. The University of Missouri Kansas City Institute for Human Development was established in the late 1970’s and is one of 67 national University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. These three organizations came together with the mission of enhancing the capacity of service providers to serve survivors with disabilities, and to improve organizations coordination when serving these individuals.
Our Unique Contributions
To fulfill their mission, the Safety First Initiative focuses work in three areas: facilitating a universal design of policies and procedures, expanding the safety planing process, and strengthening relationships between victim and disability services providers. The collaboration has also developed two key products that work to meet the goals of the three focus areas. The first is a safety planning guide designed for both disability and victim services providers, and includes core beliefs and values for helping survivors with disabilities plan for safety. The second notable resource is a tool that provides a framework for domestic and sexual violence, and disability service organizations consider the “when, where, what, and how” of providing inclusive, accessible, and responsive services.