Breaking the Cycle of Domestic Violence

Jackson Shelter for Battered Families

Domestic Violence Services
Helping to break the cycle of violence

Violence in families is cyclical. It is a learned behavior that is passed down from one generation to the next. Many children who grow up in violent homes learn at an early age that violence is the way to deal with stress and other problems. In many cases, they will mirror their parents’ behavior; and as adults, they will be violent towards their spouses and their children.

The Domestic Violence Services Center is committed to breaking this cycle. We offer counseling and support to help victims recover from their abuse and develop healthier future relationships. We also offer services for adults who are willing to unlearn their abusive behavior.
Our services are available to those involved in spouse-abuse, child-abuse, sibling violence, violence by a child against a family, and violence against elderly family members.

Shelter for Abused Families
The Jackson Shelter for Battered Families is designed to help victims of spouse abuse and their children during the critical time in life. The shelter provides the following services:

  • 30 day temporary emergency shelter
  • Support/Counseling–Emotional support, short term counseling and assistance in problem solving
  • Advocacy–Information and referral

2nd Stage Transitional Housing
Provides shelter residents and homeless families from other emergency shelters and homeless facilities housing for up to one year with 3-month extensions available up to 24 months. This time is given to achieve independence from an abusive relationship, and to provide extended housing and supportive services for families to become independent. The temporary housing with supportive services helps pave the way toward self-sufficiency.

Court Advocacy Program
This program provides support and assistance to victims of domestic violence. The purpose of the program is to provide victims access to court services. By having a liaison, a victim can feel better prepared for the court process and judicial intervention. Services will include: a court escort, advocacy, education and training, follow-up monitoring and making referrals.

Counseling Services
Individual, family and group counseling services are available for those whose lives are disrupted by family violence. Whether the abuse is physical, sexual or psychological, counseling can help family members to cope with the effects of the violence and to develop healthier relationships. The Family Life Program of Catholic Charities supervises these outpatient services.

366-0222 or 1-800-273-9012

366-0222 or 1-800-273-9012

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Bradley, Program Director
Direct: 601-366-0222
   Email

850 E. River Place
Jackson, MS 39202

Jackson Rape Crisis Services

The Rape Crisis Center is a program established to help eliminate or reduce the incidence of rape and sexual assault through prevention and education. As well as providing the coordination of services to victims of rape and sexual assault and to their families and friends. All services are offered free of charge.

Service Offered:

  • 24- hour crisis hotline – 601-982-RAPE
  • Mental Health Intervention
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Long / Short Term Counseling
  • Community Awareness
  • Court / Law Enforcement Escorts

Facts about rape:

  • Rape is about violence and control.
  • Sex is the weapon.
  • Style of dress is not the issue.
  • 85% of the time it is someone you know.
  • All ages, races, and economic groups are at risk.
  • Most rapes are planned.

Dealing with families:

  • Rape affects family members.
  • You may be having very powerful feelings.
  • You may feel guilty that you should have protected her.
  • You may want to seek revenge against the rapist.
  • You may feel angry and betrayed.
  • You may direct your anger upon the woman.
  • You may wonder if she is really telling the truth.
  • How can you help?
  • Communicate to the victim a sense of compassion and acceptance.
  • Recognize and accept her feelings as well as your own.
  • Be there for her to talk to and provide the support that she needs.
  • Try to understand what rape is all about.
  • Communicate to her that she is not responsible for being raped.
  • These are common feelings. Do not pretend your feelings are not there. We are here to talk those feeling over with you.

Precautions with Friend and Families:

  • Trust your Instincts
  • Set verbal and physical limits
  • Drink responsibly
  • Assert yourself

Precautions at Home:

  • Trust your instincts
  • Keep lights on around home
  • Lock all windows and doors
  • Use alarm
  • Always use peephole
  • Request ID of all delivery and repairmen

Precautions in Public Places:

  • Trust your instincts
  • Walk in lighted areas
  • Walk assertively
  • Have key ready for car or home
  • Be alert when alone
  • Never accept rides from strangers
  • Stay out of arm’s reach from bushes while walking
  • Awareness of surroundings

Precautions in Your Car:

  • Trust your instincts
  • Lock doors when entering and leaving
  • If you have trouble, make a “POLICE” sign and place it in your rear window. LOCK YOURSELF IN AND WAIT FOR THE POLICE.
  • Do not offer to help stranded motorist (call the Police from the nearest phone.)

For more information, please contact:
Sarah Bradley, Program Director
Direct: 601-948-4495
   Email

Office: 601-366-0750
Fax: 601-960-8493

Jackson Rapid Rehousing and Second Stage Housing

The Rapid Re-Housing Domestic Violence Program provides a quick response to individuals and families who are displaced and homeless as a result of domestic violence. This program is a safe haven and provides hope to individuals and families affected by domestic violence. It is unique in that it responds to the need for this
vulnerable population to move quickly to safe housing of their choice and not be subjected to the ongoing abuse of a perpetrator to control their lives.

Natchez Guardian Shelter for Battered Families

Domestic Violence Services
Helping to break the cycle of violence

Violence in families is cyclical. It is a learned behavior that is passed down from one generation to the
next. Many children who grow up in violent homes learn at an early age that violence is the way to deal
with stress and other problems. In many cases, they will mirror their parents’ behavior; and as adults,
they will be violent towards their spouses and their children.

The Domestic Violence Services Center is committed to breaking this cycle. We offer counseling and
support to help victims recover from their abuse and develop healthier future relationships. We also
offer services for adults who are willing to unlearn their abusive behavior.
Our services are available to those involved in spouse-abuse, child-abuse, sibling violence, violence by a
child against a family, and violence against elderly family members.

Shelter for Abused Families
The Guardian Shelter for Battered Families is designed to help victims of spouse abuse and their children
during the critical time in life. The shelter provides the following services:

  • 30 day temporary emergency shelter
  • Support/Counseling–Emotional support, short term counseling and assistance in problem
    solving
  • Advocacy–Information and referral

Court Advocacy Program
This program provides support and assistance to victims of domestic violence. The purpose of the
program is to provide victims access to court services. By having a liaison, a victim can feel better
prepared for the court process and judicial intervention. Services will include: a court escort, advocacy,
education and training, follow-up monitoring and making referrals.

Counseling Services
Individual, family and group counseling services are available for those whose lives are disrupted by
family violence. Whether the abuse is physical, sexual or psychological, counseling can help family
members to cope with the effects of the violence and to develop healthier relationships. The Family Life
Program of Catholic Charities supervises these outpatient services.

601-442-0142

For more information, please contact:
Dorothy Sylvester, Program Director
Direct: 601-442-0142
   Email

Natchez Guardian Sexual Assault Center

The Guardian Sexual Assault Center is a program established to help eliminate or reduce the incidence of rape and sexual assault through prevention and education. As well as providing the coordination of services to victims of rape and sexual assault and to their families and friends. All services are offered free of charge.

Service Offered:

  • 24- hour crisis hotline – 601-982-RAPE
  • Mental Health Intervention
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Emergency Shelter
  • Long / Short Term Counseling
  • Community Awareness
  • Court / Law Enforcement Escorts

For more information, please contact:
Dorothy Sylvester, Program Director
Direct: 601-442-0142
   Email

Natchez Guardian Collection Thrift Store

The Guardian Collection Thrift Store offers gently used items for sale to the Natchez community as a source of income for Natchez domestic violence and sexual assault programs.

Natchez Rapid Rehousing & Emergency Solutions Program

The Rapid Re-Housing Domestic Violence Program provides a quick response to individuals and families who are displaced and homeless as a result of domestic violence. This program is a safe haven and provides hope to individuals and families affected by domestic violence. It is unique in that it responds to the need for this vulnerable population to move quickly to safe housing of their choice and not be subjected to the ongoing abuse of a perpetrator to control their lives.