Forum targets domestic violence

From staff and press reports

A Domestic Violence Awareness Forum held October 29 at the Louisville City Hall opened dialogue on the resources available to the community.

Leslie Payne, Executive Director of the Care Lodge, discussed the Care Lodge’s mission and how local law enforcement handles domestic violence situations.

The event was held in honor of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Forum attendees discussed ways to end domestic violence.

LPD officer Tonya McWhirter discussed the dangers to the police officer with domestic violence situations and noted the importance of the Care Lodge.

Sue Daniels with the municipal court spearheaded the event with city and county officials attending to support the goal of ending Domestic Violence.

Care Lodge recently released the numbers for the last 6 months noting that the holidays were a very busy time for the group with services provided to 574 adults and 697 children.

Care Lodge Domestic Violence Shelter, Inc., is the only certified domestic violence shelter in Mississippi Highway Patrol District VI.

We provide shelter and comprehensive services for approximately 1,000 shelter and non-shelter clients every year. Founded in May, 1981, Care Lodge is an important and integral part of the community that has continued to focus solely on the mission of supporting victims of domestic violence.

Care Lodge Mission Statement: Consistent with the belief in the value, worth and dignity of each person, Care Lodge seeks to eliminate domestic violence by providing victims, offenders and the community with appropriate, effective programs and services. Care Lodge continues to advocate for an environment free from domestic violence.

Care Lodge Service Area includes these counties in East Mississippi: Clarke, Kemper, Lauderdale, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Noxubee, Scott and Winston.