The Missouri School Violence Hotline (SVH) began in October of 2001. The goal of the SVH is to make schools safer by helping school districts and law enforcement learn about school violence as soon as possible. The SVH takes reports involving any public or private school in Missouri with students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

The SVH is staffed Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and provides an ANONYMOUS means to report school violence.

The SVH is operated and funded by the Missouri Department of Social Services, Children's Division.

What should be reported?

Any violence that happens on school property or the school bus should be reported to the SVH. This may include:

  • Assaults
  • Bullying
  • Cyber-bullying
  • Fights
  • Property damage
  • Sexual assaults
  • Sexual misconduct
  • Theft
  • Threats
  • Weapons
  • Self-harming

Who can report it?

We encourage anyone who learns about school violence to report it. Calls are accepted from:

  • Parents
  • School personnel
  • Students
  • Concerned citizens
  • Anonymous callers

What happens after I make a report?

When a report is made to the SVH, information is gathered from the reporter and entered into a centralized database. This information is then immediately relayed by phone and the report is faxed or emailed to the appropriate law enforcement agency and school.

Officials with the school and law enforcement will then determine how to appropriately handle each report.