Resources for Victims of Abuse
- Victim Center 24/7 Crisis Response Line: 417-864-7233
- National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline: 800-656-4673
- Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Hotline: 800-392-3738
- The Child Advocacy Center https://childadvocacycenter.org/
- The Victim Center https://www.thevictimcenter.org/
- Harmony House https://www.myharmonyhouse.org/
- Greene County Family Justice Center https://greenecountyfamilyjusticecenter.org/
- Safe to Sleep https://ccozarks.org/programs/safe-to-sleep/
- Isabel’s House https://www.isabelshouse.org/
Most Frequently Asked Questions
How much will my case cost me?It depends on several different factors. In most civil lawsuits filed on behalf of our victim’s rights clients, we represent them on a contingent fee basis. This means that you do not have any out-of-pocket expenses, and we get paid only if we secure a settlement for you or win a money judgment at trial. In other cases, we work on an hourly fee or flat fee basis, depending on the type of case. There are no hidden fees. After listening to you and reviewing the facts of your case, we will discuss with you the types of fee arrangements available so that you can make a fully informed decision as to how to proceed.
What is the difference between a criminal and civil case?A criminal case occurs when prosecutors working for the State or Federal government pursue criminal charges to enforce criminal penalties, such as imprisonment, probation, or fines. A civil lawsuit occurs when a private attorney files a lawsuit against the person or entity responsible for causing you harm in pursuit of civil remedies, such as money damages.
What remedies are available in civil lawsuits?In certain instances, Courts can order injunctions, which are judicial orders restraining a party from engaging in certain actions which invade or threaten to invade the legal rights of another. They are available only in certain instances. In most civil cases, the only available remedy is money damages. A plaintiff in a case of abuse can be awarded damages for past or future medical expenses (including mental health expenses), past or future lost wages, loss of household contributions, pain, suffering, and loss of enjoyment of life, and any other item of provable damage necessary to make the plaintiff whole.
My abuse occurred a long time ago, how long do I have to bring my case?The statute of limitations for abuse cases differs based on the legal theory which must be pursued, and can be effected by the particular facts of your cases. If your abuse occurred while you were still a minor, Missouri law does provide for “tolling,” or extensions of the statute of limitations for a certain period of time. It is important that you call an attorney right away to avoid any applicable deadlines for filing your case.
I was abused at a location, or think I need help with an issue not specifically listed in your Practice Areas, can you still take my case?Our attorneys are dedicated to helping all abuse or crime victims seek justice. The Practice Areas listed are only examples of the types of cases we take on. If you have been abused in any manner or at any location, do not hesitate to reach out. Our attorneys are here to listen.
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