Care Lodge provides safe shelter and individualized services to victims of domestic violence and their children in East Mississippi; all services to victims are provided completely free of charge. The programs and effective services Care Lodge provide include emergency shelter, case management, victims advocacy, children’s program, counseling, domestic abuse protective order assistance, education, and a crisis line. If you are in need of assistance, please contact Care Lodge by calling the 24-hour crisis line at 601-693-HOPE (4673).
Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc. FAQ
Q: What is domestic violence?
A: Domestic violence, or intimate partner violence, is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation. This often includes the threat or use of violence. Domestic violence is a crime that can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, and/or sexual abuse. Stalking and other harassing behavior is often an integral part of domestic violence.
Q: Who are the victims of domestic violence?
A: Anyone can be the victim of domestic violence. Almost 85% of all domestic violence victims in America are women; men may also be victims. Between 3 to 4 million women are battered each year. Women between the ages of 20 and 34 endure the highest rates of domestic violence. One in 3 high school students report being physically or sexually abused by their dating partner.
Q: What are the types of domestic violence?
A: The four basic types of domestic violence are:
Includes shoving, pushing, restraining, hitting or kicking. Physical assaults may occur frequently or infrequently, but in many cases they tend to escalate in severity and frequency over time.
Any time one partner forces sexual acts that are unwanted or declined by the other partner.
Emotional or Psychological Abuse
Includes isolation from family and friends, forced financial dependence, verbal and emotional abuse, threats, intimidation and control over where the partner can go and what she/he can do.
Attacks Against Property and Pets
Destruction of property that may include household objects or treasured items belonging to the victim, hitting the walls, or abusing or killing beloved pets.
Q: What can I do to help a victim of domestic violence?
A: Let the victim know they are not alone and there are services available to them. Victims need to know that they can make decisions about their situation.
Tell them they do not deserve to be abused and that without help the abuse will only get worse. Support the victim; be understanding and non-judgmental. Encourage them to seek assistance.
Six things to say to a victim:
1. I am afraid for your safety.
2. I am afraid for the safety of your children.
3. It will only get worse.
4. I am here for you.
5. You do not deserve to be abused.
6. Call Care Lodge for help, 601-693-HOPE (4673).