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Formerly known as Phoenix House.

Escape the violence.Young woman in a support group.

Catholic Charities Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program provides services to anyone faced with these issues through a 24-hour crisis phone line, emergency shelter,  court advocacy, empowerment education, support groups, and outreach to under-served populations. We also work in area schools offering prevention programming.

Catholic Charities Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program serves nine counties in southwest Iowa:  Audubon, Cass, Fremont, Harrison, Mills, Montgomery, Page, Pottawattamie, and Shelby.

What should I do if I have been sexually assaulted?

What should I do if I’m a victim of domestic violence?


24-Hour Crisis Line

Free and confidential help is available 24/7. The 24-hour crisis phone line, staffed by Catholic Charities fully trained volunteers and staff, is here to provide help and support. If you are experiencing abuse, harassment, or harm from your partner, help is available. Services are available to anyone impacted by sexual violence, including survivors and friends and family of survivors. 
Call 712-328-0266 or toll free 888-612-0266

Iowa Victim Call Center: 1-800-770-1650 or  text ‘IOWAHELP’ to 20121

IA Deaf & Hard of Hearing Crisis Hotline:

  • Available Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm
  • Video Phone/Phone:  (319) 531-7719
  • Text Only: (515) 661-4015
  • Email: help@thrivetogethertoday.org
  • After hours, evenings, & weekends:  (855) 812-1001


The shelter provides safe, confidential living for up to eight families at a time. A large outdoor playground and an indoor playroom allow children a place where they can be kids, away from the fear of violence in their home.

Classes & Support Groups

We facilitate support groups and educational classes in domestic violence, providing a safe place for victims to tell their stories and receive the support and assistance they are in need of. Click here to see class descriptions and schedules.

  • Journey Beyond AbuseClick here for information about our Spanish Language meetings.
  • All classes are offered to the community for victims/survivors of domestic abuse and/or sexual assault.
  • Classes are FREE of charge.
  • Free childcare is offered during the class (only in Council Bluffs location.)
  • Please call 712-328-0266 or 1-888-612-0266 for an intake or any questions.

SUPPORT GROUP: Survivor Link

Survivor Link welcomes all individuals, age 13 or older, that self-identify as a survivor of sexual violence, to join this support group. You do not need to be a current or previous client of Catholic Charities to participate.
Survivor Link is a safe place for survivors to come together, support one another, share about experiences, frustrations, accomplishments, and hopes for change in our community. Group members will determine goals, activities, and projects upon meeting. A sexual assault advocate will be present at all meetings.
3rd Tuesday of every month, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm. Schedule changes will be made as needed.
Meetings will take place via Zoom.
For link access and more information, please contact Sexual Assault Advocate, Lauren Myers.
(712) 256-2059, Ext 113 or lmyers@catholiccharitiesdm.org


Catholic Charities Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Program is hoping to gather LGBTQIA+ individuals as survivors of sexual assault and/or partner abuse to help us in understanding how we can better our services.
Incentives will be provided for all participants.
Contact Lauren: lmyers@catholiccharitiesdm.org or 712-256-2059 x 113.
If you are unable to attend, written comments and feedback are equally valued and can also be shared with Lauren.