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  1. MCADV sponsors legal clinic in Vicksburg

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    CONTACT:
    Arian Thigpen
    Office: 601-981-9196
    Email: arian.thigpen@mcadv.org


    MS Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project Sponsor Free Legal Clinic for Domestic Violence Victims


    (Vicksburg, Miss.) – The Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence (MCADV) and the Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP) are collaborating with Haven House Family Shelter in Vicksburg, Miss., to hold a free legal clinic for victims of domestic violence, on Friday, September 29, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. After registering by phone at 601-882-5001 or online at www.cognitoforms.com/MVLP1/LegalAdviceClinic, clients who are eligible for services can make appointments to receive free legal advice regarding divorce, custody, what to expect in a legal proceeding, what their rights are, etc.
    MVLP’s attorneys will also offer advice over the phone during clinic hours, provided clients have registered and made appointments to do so. This resource is especially useful for domestic violence survivors who are unable to attend the clinic in person.

    In 2016, MVLP served approximately 2,300 Mississippi residents through referrals, direct representation, advice and legal clinics. Clinic participants are paired with dedicated and professional pro bono attorneys, many of whom have their own practices around the state or work for larger firms and corporations. “According to the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s report, 36% of Mississippi domestic violence victims who contacted the hotline in 2016 were in need of legal advocacy or legal representation,” said Wendy Mahoney, Executive Director of Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “With this clinic, we want to work to increase victims’ access to meaningful legal services.”
    For more information about MVLP or legal clinics, please contact 601-882-5001 or visit www.mvlp.org.

    About MVLP
    The Mississippi Volunteer Lawyers Project (MVLP) is a 501© 3 legal nonprofit entity, which partners with the Mississippi Bar Association and the Legal Services Corporation to provide free legal services to low-income residents of Mississippi, for more than thirty years. Founded on the belief that everyone should have access to courts, MVLP’s early efforts of reaching those in need were accomplished exclusively through directly representing clients. MVLP currently assists clients with civil legal matters, primarily in the following areas: uncontested divorces, emancipations, simple wills, adoptions, guardianships, name changes, birth certificate corrections, child support contempt matters, child support modifications, conservatorships and visitation matters.

    About Mississippi Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    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.
  2. Myth-Busting: A Day in the Life of a Domestic Violence Victim

    Comments Off on Myth-Busting: A Day in the Life of a Domestic Violence Victim Because MCADV is not able to come to every domestic violence event in October, we wanted to bring awareness to YOU! “Myth Busting: A Day in the Life of a Domestic Violence Victim” will help you or your organization understand the dynamics of domestic violence, including the different forms of abuse and why some victims don’t “just leave,” and what you can do to help victims of domestic violence.

    Come hear from our dynamic speaker, Lavon Morris-Grant. After surviving being shot in the head by her husband, who then turned the gun on himself, Grant has spent the last 15 years of her life traveling the globe in order to educate people about the causes, effects and recovery from domestically violence situations. Her book, Whom Shall I Fear: A Spiritual Journey of a Battered Woman, is a “powerful story of how women find ways to rebuild their lives and reclaim their dreams.”

    Lavon Morris-Grant is a native of New Jersey, and graduate of New Jersey City University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She is a Board member of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and a internationally known speaker on topics related to abuse, overcoming adversity and rising to the top. She resides in upstate New York with her three children.

    Cost: FREE
    Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
    Time: 6:30 pm – 8 pm
    Location: Anderson United Methodist Church, 6205 Hanging Moss Road, Jackson, MS 39206
  3. Domestic Violence: The Role of an Advocate

    Comments Off on Domestic Violence: The Role of an Advocate In an effort to bring awareness to the complexities of the issue of domestic violence, this workshop is presented from a survivor’s perspective. Domestic violence survivor Lavon Morris Grant will explain the dynamics of trauma, systemic barriers impacting trauma services, and the steps to healing. After surviving being shot in the head by her husband, who then turned the gun on himself, Grant has spent the last 15 years of her life traveling the globe in order to educate people about the causes, effects and recovery from domestically violence situations.
    Her book, Whom Shall I Fear: A Spiritual Journey of a Battered Woman, is a “powerful story of how women find ways to rebuild their lives and reclaim their dreams.” Lavon Morris-Grant is a native of New Jersey, and graduate of New Jersey City University with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing. She is a Board member of the New York State Coalition Against Domestic Violence and a internationally known speaker on topics related to abuse, overcoming adversity and rising to the top. She resides in upstate New York with her three children.

    At the end of this workshop, attendees will be able to:
    1) Understand the dynamics of trauma experienced by domestic violence victims
    2) Learn how culture, systems, and other social barriers impact trauma
    3) Address traditional and non-traditional methods of healing

    Cost: FREE
    Date: Thursday, October 12, 2017
    Time: 9 am – 12 pm
    Location: Anderson United Methodist Church, 6205 Hanging Moss Road, Jackson, MS 39206
    3 CEUs pending

    If you need a hotel room for the night of Wednesday, October 11, MCADV has a block of rooms available at the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Ridgeland – North Jackson Area. You can make reservations here.

    Register for “Domestic Violence: The Role of an Advocate”

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  4. The Divorce Bill Goes into Law!

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    DV Advocates from around the state join Governor Phil Bryant as he signs SB2680 into law, strengthening domestic abuse provisions for divorce.


    On May 9, 2017, Governor Phil Bryant signed SB2680 into law, strengthening domestic abuse provisions for divorce. Previously, a victim of domestic violence had to prove repeated physical abuse at the hands of his/her spouse to qualify for the “habitual cruel and inhuman treatment” grounds for divorce. Now the law is amended to define spousal abuse to include one incidence of physical, emotional, verbal, sexual abuse, or stalking.


    Also compared to the previous version of the law, a victim no longer needs to have a witness to testify of the abuse in court. Often, the only witness to abuse is the victim or the victim’s child. The victim may act as his/her own witness now, saving children from being re-victimized by having to relive traumatic moments in front of a court and testifying against someone that they may love.


    Click here to learn about how MS domestic violence reform law has evolved over the years.

  5. MCADV Newsletter – Spring 2017

    Comments Off on MCADV Newsletter – Spring 2017 For information Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities including the Legislative Session and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month around the state, check out the 2017 Spring Newsletter.
  6. MCADV Newsletter Winter 2016

    Comments Off on MCADV Newsletter Winter 2016 For information Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities including the Candlelight Vigil, holiday awareness and the upcoming legislative session, check out the 2016 Winter Newsletter.
  7. MCADV Newsletter Summer 2016

    Comments Off on MCADV Newsletter Summer 2016 For information the Advocate Toolbox Conference, National Crime Victims Rights Week, and this summer’s Green Dot Community training, check out the MCADV Summer 2016 Newsletter.
  8. MCADV Newsletter Spring 2016

    Comments Off on MCADV Newsletter Spring 2016 For information on this year’s State Legislative Session, Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, and our quarterly spotlight on our member programs’ staff, click on the MCADV Spring 2016 Newsletter.