Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior with the effect of establishing Power and Control by one person over another person through fear and intimidation. Abuse happens when batterers believe that they have the right to control their partners. Not all domestic violence is physical. It may also include emotional, mental, verbal, sexual, financial, bullying, and stalking
Our Domestic Violence Program provides safety, shelter, and support to survivors of domestic
violence while working to break the cycle of abuse and creating healthy relationships. The program is designed to enable an individual to achieve physical and emotional safety and healing relationships. Services are based on a client-centered trauma informed approach to the planning, delivery, and evaluation of all client services. The shelter is staffed 24-hours a day, 7 days a week.
We offer a wide range of services to community members affected directly by sexual abuse, including crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, advocacy, accompaniment, a
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART), and referral services.
The Children’s Coordinator provides shelter residents with information and resources to enroll their children in school, daycare and after school activities. Children are encouraged to explore their feelings, learn alternatives to violence and constructively manage their anger. Children/youth with exposure to domestic violence are at an increased risk of abuse (physical, sexual, etc.), emotional and behavioral challenges, and subsequent exposure to trauma and other
adverse life experiences.
Transitional Individual Housing
A Transitional individual housing unit is for single female survivors exiting the emergency shelter. The program addresses the longer-term needs of individual survivors providing the opportunity to work toward their goals of independent, non-violent living.
Domestic Abuse Intervention
This educational program is for people who have been abusive or controlling towards an intimate partner. The program consists of 25 sessions and is conducted by trained facilitators using the Duluth Model. Offenders are court- ordered, referred by probation agencies or self-referred. Call 662-327-6118 for more information. The assessment fee is $35.00; the weekly fee is $15.00.
Our Outreach staff offers education to clients and the community on the dynamics/prevention of domestic violence/sexual assault. Community education, workshops, trainings and other outreach activities are provided in order to strengthen community awareness regarding domestic violence and sexual assault.
Volunteers are an integral part of who we are at Safe Haven. Volunteers help us with a variety of tasks. We have opportunities for support at the administrative office, shelter, and in the community. Tasks include crisis call support, on-call transportation of clients, assistance with in-shelter child care, community outreach, event assistance, and much more. If you would like to volunteer with our agency, please call 662-327-6118.
24-Hour Crisis line
A 24 hour crisis line where trained staff assess callers and provide them with resources and information based on their specific needs to include shelter, safety planning, outreach services, and referrals to community resources.
Temporary Emergency Shelter
Temporary emergency shelter is available for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault fleeing imminent danger.
Transportation is provided to shelter residents without transportation in order to seek
employment, or to current place of employment, to locate housing/etc.
Child care is available to residents of our emergency shelter, as well as for those who recently
exited the emergency shelter program.
A licensed professional counselor works with survivors using therapeutic methods to help them
recover from the trauma of domestic violence and sexual assault.
Shelter residents and their children are assigned a case manager to work with them on setting and accomplishing goals and safety planning. In addition, clients may also need assistance with getting clothing and financial assistance. Case Management is offered to both outreach clients and shelter residents.
The outreach educator teaches residents and the community on the dynamics/prevention of domestic violence and sexual assault. Trainings are provided to youth and adults.
Advocacy is provided for domestic violence/sexual assault survivors when necessary to intervene on their behalf with the criminal justice system and social services agencies. Assistance is provided with Temporary Restraining Orders and court accompaniment. If you need help filling out restraining order paperwork or if you would like to request one of our advocates come with you to an upcoming court date.
Victims of domestic and sexual abuse are assisted with orders of protection, court advocacy, safety planning, information about domestic violence and sexual assault, victim compensation application, and referrals to community resources. Locations are in Lowndes and Clay Counties.
Safe Haven works with other agencies to ensure that shelter residents and others get the most comprehensive services available in the community. All victim services are free of charge.
Provides emergency shelter and crisis intervention for victims, and their children, of domestic violence and sexual assault.