Missouri Organization Says State must Boost Number of Rape Crisis Center Workers and Advocates

A Missouri organization says the state needs to boost the number of rape crisis center workers and advocates. Jennifer Carter-Dochler (dock-ler), with the Missouri Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence, says the need is even greater during the pandemic. She made the comments during a statewide online listening session Wednesday about funding for victim services.

Carter-Dochler calls state funding for victim services “woefully inadequate” and wants Missouri to provide at least a two-million-dollar increase. A newly-formed state task force is holding three other online sessions to form recommendations intended to help victims.