Domestic Violence

Victim Adovocate Unit

Belton, Missouri

 Police Department

7001 E. 163rd St.
Belton, MO  64012

General Calls: 816.331.5522
Dispatch: 816.331.1500 
TIPS: 816.348.4499 
Fax: 816.322.7057 

Elizabeth Crow

Victim Advocate


Cama Suess

Victim Advocate


Sexual Assault

Upcoming Events 

Sexual Assault Awareness Event


The City of Belton is taking the COVID-19 threat to the health and wellbeing of our
residents seriously,” said Lt. Davis. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently
updated their advice on social distancing, from maintaining a 6-foot distance to maintaining
a range of 6- to10-foot distance. The closure of these city public access spaces is one of
our measures to follow this recommended best practice.”

With this being said we unfortunately will need to cancel our Sexual Assault Awareness Event that was scheduled for April 11th, 2020. We will try to do some online awareness post to try and still get the awareness out.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact the Belton Police Department Victim Service Unit at 816-348-4430.

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What do I do if I've been sexually assaulted?

You Should...


Get to a Safe Place

Seek Medical Care

A Sexual Assault Forensic Exam (SAFE) will be performed by a specially trained nurse at the ER. The nurse will gather evidence from the victim's clothing and body. The exam is not required to file a police report. Patients will not be expected to pay for the evidence collection but may be billed for other treatment.

Report the Assault/Rape

It can be difficult after an assault to process through things, you may be unsure what you should or shouldn't do...a crisis advocate can help you through this process. You can contact an advocate through one of the links below or visit our resource pages.

If you are seeking medical attention and want to file a report there are a number of steps you should take to preserve evidence:

  • Do not shower or use the restroom until you get to the hospital 

  • Place the clothes you were wearing in a trash bag and bring them with you to the hospital

  • Do not brush your teeth, eat, drink or smoke before your exam

  • Go to your local ER

  • Even if you are unsure about reporting the assault, it is better to have a SAFE exam done directly after the incident to gather evidence. You can always decide later, if you wish to report the assault.

You can receive a SAFE exam even if you don't

report the incident to the police.

Contact the Belton PD 

Victim Advocate


Crisis Hotline

You decide whether or not you want to report the assault.

If you are in immediate 911

Otherwise, call your local police department or campus security. Many departments have specially trained officers that interact with sexual violence victims. There may also be a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) which consists of medical staff, law enforcement and local sexual violence resource staff. These teams provide an organized approach to gathering evidence, conducting interviews, and a continuum of communication. 

Remember this process might take awhile. But its a stepping stone into the right direction. 

How do I go about reporting the assault?

Seek Healing

Sexual Violence can affect an individual emotionally, physically, socially, and psychologically. 

A victim may experience flashbacks or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. And have feelings of depression, guilt, anxiety, uncontrolled fear, etc. Watch for signs of self-harm, substance abuse, or eating disorders. Grieving is a normal part of healing but loved ones should watch for signs that the victim is unable to move on from grief.

Healing looks different for everyone but may include being intentional about self-care, going to counseling, choosing a few close friends to check up on you, or joining a support group.

A victim's loved ones may also need support and healing. Do not ignore these needs. Seek healing for yourself as well.

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