Domestic Violence Resources

Domestic Violence is a serious and frightening situation.  If you are suffering because of domestic violence, you DO have options.


HOTLINES

The following hotlines speak English and Spanish:

Emergency Number
Dial 911

Center for Violence Prevention
Call 601-932-4198

National Domestic Violence Hotline
Call 1-800-799-7233
(They have an access line for languages other than Spanish and English)
For more information visit www.TheHotline.org.

Mississippi Domestic Violence Hotline
Call 1-800-898-3234 /601-981-9196
(They have an access line for languages other than Spanish and English)
For more information visit www.MCADV.org.


USE CAUTION!

Many victims are harmed, or even killed, when they try to leave. Making a plan of escape is wise, but do NOT write it down or leave it in the house. The numbers above can help you form and execute a plan.  Also, it is good to have friends you can trust. Keep in mind also that internet usage can be tracked or monitored.  If you feel your abuser is monitoring your internet usage, use a safer computer or use a phone to call the numbers above instead of viewing websites.

Abuse Can Include the Following:

  • Telling the victim that they can never do anything right
  • Showing jealousy of the victim’s family and friends and time spent away
  • Accusing the victim of cheating
  • Keeping or discouraging the victim from seeing friends or family members
  • Embarrassing or shaming the victim with put-downs
  • Controlling every penny spent in the household
  • Taking the victim’s money or refusing to give them money for expenses
  • Looking at or acting in ways that scare the person they are abusing
  • Controlling who the victim sees, where they go, or what they do
  • Dictating how the victim dresses, wears their hair, etc.
  • Stalking the victim or monitoring their victim’s every move (in person or also via the internet and/or other devices such as GPS tracking or the victim’s phone)
  • Preventing the victim from making their own decisions
  • Telling the victim that they are a bad parent or threatening to hurt, kill, or take away their children
  • Threatening to hurt or kill the victim’s friends, loved ones, or pets
  • Intimidating the victim with guns, knives, or other weapons
  • Pressuring the victim to have sex when they don’t want to or to do things sexually they are not comfortable with
  • Forcing sex with others
  • Refusing to use protection when having sex or sabotaging birth control
  • Pressuring or forcing the victim to use drugs or alcohol
  • Preventing the victim from working or attending school, harassing the victim at either, keeping their victim up all night so they perform badly at their job or in school
  • Destroying the victim’s property
  • Click here to learn more on this topic.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE & IMMIGRANTS

  • Isolation: Preventing the victim from learning English or communicating with friends, family or others from their home countries.
  • Threats: Threatening deportation or withdrawal of petitions for legal status.
  • Intimidation: Destroying legal documents or papers needed in this country such as passports, resident cards, health insurance or driver’s licenses. They may also say they are keeping these documents for “safekeeping.”
  • Manipulation Regarding Citizenship or Residency: Withdrawing or not filing papers for residency; lying by threatening that the victim will lose their citizenship or residency if they report the violence.
  • Economic Abuse: Getting the victim fired from their job or calling employers and falsely reporting that the victim is undocumented.
  • Children: Threatening to hurt children or take them away if the police are contacted.
  • Click here to learn more on this topic.

Whether you are documented or not, you have the following rights under the law:

  • To seek protection for yourself and your children
  • To call the police for help
  • To seek immigration assistance through VAWA or U-Visa
  • To pursue a separation or divorce without your spouse’s agreement
  • To share property or financial assets in a divorce
  • To ask for custody of your children and financial support

» For more signs of an abusive relationship, click here.


DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SHELTERS IN MISSISSIPPI

Click here for a printable list of shelters for victims of domestic violence.