About Us

Our Shelter

Safe & Secure

Russell House is equipped with everything you would expect in a home. When you arrive, you will be greeted by staff members who will help you get settled in and give you the time you need to adjust to communal home living.

Russell House takes pride in being a comfortable and traditional home while also providing the latest state-of-the-art security and surveillance equipment for your continued safety 24/7

Our Services

Professional Counseling

Support Groups

Court & Legal Advocacy

Our History

The story of Russell House began when a group of concerned citizens surveyed the community and decided that domestic violence services were needed in our area. One of these concerned citizens was Dr. Barbara Russell, a local pediatrician. Dr. Russell witnessed the aftermath of abuse of children and their mothers, mobilizing her to become a strong advocate and supporter for victims and survivors of violence, and resulting in our name: Russell House.

Formed in 1993, Phelps County Family Crisis Services (DBA: Russell House) became a non-profit organization created to operate and maintain a shelter for women and their children seeking safety from abuse. On January 24, 1994, the doors to a small house opened for the first time, becoming a safe place for survivors of violence to live free of abuse.

Russell House now serves all victims of domestic (intimate partner) violence and sexual assault with offices in Salem, Vienna, Rolla, and Steelville. Advocates are available during regular business hours and by phone after hours. Crisis calls are answered by trained advocates, 24/7/365 days a year. Our 24 hour crisis line phone number is 800-998-8340.

Russell House services include: crisis advocacy, shelter, support groups, licensed professional counseling, court and legal advocacy, hospital advocacy for SV survivors, volunteer program, and awareness programs. Russell House staff provides community education about domestic violence and sexual assault to community organizations, faith communities, civic groups, and to area professionals as requested.

Become a part of Russell House’ history, and a voice of hope for victims and survivors of violence by donating, volunteering, learning about intimate partner violence and sexual violence, or by sharing the Russell House Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter posts. We need you!

Since opening its door in 1994, Russell House has sheltered over 2,585 adults and 2,128 children.


Dr. Barbara Russell