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 twelve 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


Paula Granger, Training and Technical Assistance Coordinator


Kalleigh McCoy, Legal Services Coordinator


Tara Steverson, Communications Coordinator


Alicia Washington, Office Manager/Bookkeeper


Board of Directors 2018-2019


Rev. Dr. Walter L. Moore, Board President

Pastor and Retired Chief Human Resource Officer | 1st Navigator Credit Union


Rebecca Stewart, Board Secretary

Executive Director | Domestic Abuse Family Shelter


Lanza Seals, Board Treasurer

Executive Director | Angel Wings Out-Reach Center


Dr. Patricia Davenport

Executive Director | Our House, Inc.


Georgia Grodowitz

Executive Director | Haven House Family Shelter


Brandon Jones

Attorney | Baria-Jones, PLLC


Cassandra Rule

Program Manager | Delta Health Alliance


Joyce Tucker

Executive Director | Haven House


Nathan Shrader

Assistant Professor of Political Science | Millsaps College


Gail Thompson

Supervising Attorney | North Mississippi Rural Legal Services


Chief R. Luke Thompson

Chief of Police | City of Byram


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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.”
This publication is funded in whole or part through support from the Award #VAWA 2019-DW-AX-0013, awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U. S. Department of Justice from the Violence Against Women Act grant.

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