Haven House is a program supporting victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse.  Haven House is committed to assisting victims and survivors of domestic violence with a multitude of services. Assistance is designed to empower victims and their families to become survivors and live free from abuse. Haven House provides an array of support through a 24-hour crisis line, safe shelter, outreach services, court advocacy, counseling, and referrals to community partners while promoting awareness and education to help break the cycle of abuse.

Established in 1985, Haven House has been serving victims and survivors of domestic violence for over 35 years in Vicksburg and surrounding areas. Haven House is a United Way Agency. Haven House is also a certified shelter and an active member of the Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence (MCADV).

Primary service areas include Warren, Sharkey, Issaquena, and Yazoo counties and secondary service areas include Hinds, Madison, Rankin, and Simpson Counties as secondary service area. However, Haven House also fills in gaps of service where needed in the State of Mississippi as well as other areas, in close proximity, or in coordination with other shelters for safety reasons.

Domestic violence involves a pattern of control through intentional, repeated acts which cause physical or emotional harm by a current or previous intimate partner or a family member sharing a household. Abuse may be physical, emotional/psychological, verbal, sexual, and /or financial. Abusive behaviors can range from calling a partner names to hitting, strangling, or even killing a partner (see warning signs). Abuse often in increases in intensity over time (See the cycle of abuse).  Domestic violence affects all populations regardless of age, culture, or socioeconomic status.

Domestic Abuse Follows a Pattern
Domestic abuse falls into a common pattern, or cycle of violence.
What to Do

If you suspect that someone you know is being abused, speak up!

The Behavior of the Abuser
Despite what many people believe, domestic violence and abuse is not due to the abuser’s loss of control over his or her behavior.

What are the Warning Signs

It’s impossible to know with certainty what goes on behind closed doors, but there are some telltale signs and symptoms of emotional abuse and domestic violence..
Haven House is dedicated to bringing hope and new beginnings to victims of domestic violence and their children. We want to make a difference and show people it is never too late to break they cycle of abuse and get your life back!

Short Term Measures

Short-term measures consist of assistance programs that protect the individual woman who has been abused. It focuses on the critical period after a woman leaves her home, providing her with food, shelter, and guidance. This is the period when a woman is most at-risk to returning to her abusive partner.

Long Term Measures

Long-term measures seek to educate the public on the signs of domestic violence. It also focuses on informing people how and when to seek help. It  empowers the victim to re-establish her life without violence through crisis intervention and emotional support groups.

Safety Plan

If you are in an abusive relationship, it is important to have a safety plan. If an argument occurs, think of a safe place to go. Try to avoid rooms with no windows or weapons. Have a list of people to contact and keep change on you at all times. Also have a code word to use with family or friends in case an emergency arises.

Protect Your Identity

Your abuser may use your personal information to control you. In order to protect your identity it may be necessary to relocate, change your phone number, enroll in the address confidentiality program, receive mail through a P.O. Box, protect your social security number, check credit report often, and never give out personal information over the phone or internet unless you know the person.

Important Documents

If you leave the relationship or are thinking of leaving, you should take important papers and documents with you to enable you to apply for benefits or take legal action. Important documents include your social security card, birth certificates, tax returns, bank statements, insurance policies, etc.