A Note from the Director

Welcome to our website! MCADV is a statewide resource on domestic violence issues. We provide support for member shelter programs though training, technical assistance and capacity building; advocate for public policy that supports victims; and seek to change societal attitudes and beliefs through awareness and prevention activities in communities throughout Mississippi.
MCADV does not provide direct services for victims of domestic violence but supports the thirteen member shelter programs that offer services throughout Mississippi. We can help victims to find the support they need in their local communities.


The mission of Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence is to bring about social change through advocacy, technical assistance and public awareness.


The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence was founded in 1980 by domestic violence shelter programs and advocates for battered women to help all victims of domestic violence.
The coalition is comprised of persons working directly, indirectly or who have expressed interest in the issues and concerns of victims of family violence.
The coalition provides technical assistance to domestic violence shelters, community and professional education and other related assistance to victims of domestic violence across the state. During the last thirty years, there has been a movement to end domestic violence and to help those who are victims of this crime. The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence is committed to this movement.
The overall goal of the Coalition is to provide an end to domestic violence in the home and in our state.

Our Philosophy

The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence is comprised of people dealing with concerns of victims of family violence. We represent both rural and urban areas.
Our programs support and serve victims of all racial, social, ethnic, religious, and economic groups, regardless of age, sex or lifestyle.
We oppose the use of violence as a means of control over others and support respect and equality in relationships.
We encourage and support women in assuming responsibility over their lives in the community.


Wendy Mahoney, M.S.
Executive Director
Alicia Washington
Office Manager/ Bookkeeper
Arian Thigpen
Public Awareness Coordinator
Paula Granger
Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator

Board of Directors 2014-2015

Leslie Payne, Board President
Care Lodge, Executive Director
Joyce Tucker, Vice President
Safe Haven, Inc., Executive Director
Donna Miller, Secretary
The Guardian Shelter, Executive Director
Dana Barnes, Treasurer
Public Accountant
Lanza “Wendy” Seals
Angel Wings Outreach Center, Executive Director
Dr. Gwen Bouie-Haynes
Catholic Charities, Inc., Division Director of Adult Services
Sandy Middleton
The Center for Violence Prevention, Executive Director
Sara Holifield
Domestic Abuse Family Shelter, Executive Director
Sandra Morrison
Gulf Coast Women’s Center for Nonviolence, Executive Director
Georgia Grodowitz
Haven House Family Shelter, Executive Director
Lorine Cady
House of Grace, Executive Director
Dr. Pat Davenport
Our House, Inc., Executive Director
Deborah Yates
S.A.F.E., Inc., Executive Director
Jean Spring
W.I.N.G.S. Domestic Violence Shelter, Executive Director
Senator David Blount
Mississippi State Senate
Attorney Brandon Jones
Baria-Williamson, PLLC
Debbie Morris
Former Shelter Executive Director
Pat Flynn
Retired Special Assistant Attorney General
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Legal Notice
This website is intended to provide general information only and is not to be considered legal advice in any manner. If you, a friend, or a family member are experiencing a crime of domestic violence, it is imperative that you contact the authorities and also seek legal advice through an attorney who will be able to represent your interests regarding the legal issues contained herein.

Domestic violence is a crime that not only impacts women. Men can be victims of violence at the hands of women. Violence also occurs between individuals of the same gender. However, for ease of written conversation on this website, the batterer will be referred to as “he” and the victim as “she.”
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