16 E Main Street, Suite 100
Marshalltown, IA 50158
Access Marshalltown office Phone: 515-292-0500
24-Hour Crisis Hotlines:
Sexual Abuse: 1-800-203-3488
Domestic Abuse: 1-800-983-4641
HOMICIDE & VIOLENT CRIME: 1-800-983-4641
Shelter Services: 1-800-696-2980
Tess Cody, Executive Director
ACCESS, the Assault Care Center Extending Shelter and Support, has been providing services to victims for forty five years in the central Iowa area. Established as a rape crisis center in 1976, ACCESS grew to provide both sexual assault and domestic violence services, including opening a shelter facility in 1981. ACCESS began providing Homicide and Violent Crimes Services in 2016. ACCESS serves Marshall, Tama, Story, Boone and Greene Counties.
The Mission of ACCESS is to address the roots and impact of domestic and sexual violence through services that enhance safety, empower survivors, and promote understanding and social justice within our community.
- Sexual Abuse Services: A Comprehensive response to victims shortly after an assault, or later in life after experiencing forms of sexual abuse. Advocacy focuses on helping a survivor process the abuse, seek medical care, or seek safety and justice through legal systems.
- Domestic Abuse Services: Services are centered around empowering a victim who has experienced abuse within a family or intimate relationship. Services include safety planning, counseling, medical/legal advocacy, and helping the victim increase support.
- Safe Housing/Shelter Services: ACCESS aids survivors in finding a safe and stable place to reside while fleeing from abuse or after the abuse has left the survivor with limited resources. This may include shelter, financial assistance, or assistance in seeking affordable housing.
- Homicide and Violent Crime Victim Advocacy: Services are centered around helping survivors deal with the trauma and grief that comes with losing a loved one to homicide or a violent crime. Advocacy focuses on information and referrals for services, support through the criminal justice system, providing information on victims' rights and emotional support.