Today, Care Lodge provides services for over 1,000 shelter and non-shelter clients each year. Care Lodge provides services to residents of 9 counties in East Mississippi and is the only certified domestic violence shelter in MS Highway Patrol District VI.
What is Domestic Violence?
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. In the State of Mississippi, domestic violence is a crime that can include physical abuse, emotional abuse, economic abuse, and/or sexual abuse. Stalking or other harassing behavior is often an integral part of domestic violence. *State Statute § 97-3-7
- Physical-hitting, slapping, choking, shoving
- Emotional-threats, isolation, insults, name calling
- Sexual-unwanted sexual contact, rape, incest
- Financial-withholding money, obsessive control over spending
- Neglect-poor physical or emotional care
Domestic violence can result in death, serious injury, isolation, emotional damage, medical issues, and poverty for victims. Domestic violence remains the leading cause of injury to women, and is the leading cause of women’s visits to hospital emergency rooms. Nationally, one half of all homeless women and children are fleeing domestic violence.