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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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