October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - The Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors passed a proclamation recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month at its board meeting Monday morning. Representatives with Care Lodge- East Mississippi’s Domestic Violence Shelter- attended the meeting.

“We use that month to provide education and awareness to individuals and communities so that they know the warning signs and the red flags and so that they can help victims of domestic violence seek assistance,” says Abby Miller, the executive director for Care Lodge.

Domestic violence is a societal problem impacting families across the U.S. and right here in Mississippi.

“Care Lodge provided assistance to close to 900 individuals last year in east-central Mississippi and so it is a very prevalent issue," Miller says. We serve a 9 county service area and so for the almost 900 individuals and the more children than adults that we served last year, it continues to be an issue.”

Care Lodge provides a 24/7 emergency shelter and a confidential crisis hotline.

“We also provide case management for individuals that’s inside shelter as well as non-residential. So even if you’re living in the community and you’re a victim of domestic violence, we have services as well," Miller explains. "We provide assistance with domestic abuse protection orders and filing those petitions and going to the courthouse and going through that process, as well as individual and group counseling and support sessions.”

Care Lodge also provides a Family Violence Intervention program.

“That program is for offenders of domestic violence and it’s based on the Duluth Model so it’s more of helping that person understand and take responsibility for their actions and moving forward out of that,” Miller says.

The crisis hotline number is 601-693-4673.