Dove is an organization that engages religious institutions, volunteers, and advocates seeking to coordinate efforts to address unmet needs and social injustices. These needs are met through coordinated programs focusing on domestic violence, homelessness, education, volunteer and community empowerment, and individual emergency need fulfillment.
Dove works for justice, equality, and understanding among all people.
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A New Year B new challenges B new goals B new outlooks B new beginnings.It=s time to put AYOU@ first B what is it YOU need to make YOU happy?What is best for YOU and your children?If you are experiencing issues of abuse in
your current relationship, please do not hesitate to call one of our 24 hour
Macon County, 423.2238
DeWitt County, 935.6072 Moultrie
County, 728.9334 Shelby County, 774.4888
available!No one deserves to be
abused.Abuse is NOT your fault and is
We all are
involved in relationships B work relationships with colleagues and co-workers, family/friend
relationships, relationships with our fellow church members, as well as any
agency or organizational committee members and of course our partner
relationships.Any kind of relationship
requires ongoing work in order for it to be positive.
For us in the
domestic violence program, on an ongoing basis we listen to our clients talk
about the kind of relationship they have with their abuser.These relationships start out to be normal,
happy, and enjoyable.Over time, they
often take another path that ends up being destructive as a result of the abuse
from the perpetrator who is using power and control in order to get what they
want from their partner.
that are based in power and control are unhealthy at best.They damage one=s self-esteem, independence and any
kind of positive decision making skills.Unhealthy relationships consist of a pattern of jealousy and control B full of intimidation, isolation,
verbal put downs, manipulation and mind games, physical, emotional and sexual
abuse that rob one of their dignity and well-being.
those who are experiencing these kinds of behaviors feel lost and don=t know where to turn.If any of this sounds familiar, or it sounds
like these are things that are happening to one of your friends or loved ones,
please call one of our hotline numbers.Help is available.You deserve
better B don=t settle for less than what you deserve.
Have you ever had a victim of domestic violence try and open-up to you about their abuse and you not know what to say or how to handle it? Have you found yourself asking a victim of domestic violence, “why do you stay?” Moultrie County Dove Office understands that without being properly trained on domestic violence and best domestic violence practices, it is hard to know what to say or do when a victim of domestic violence finally decides to open-up to you about their abuse and we want you to be better prepared. Asking a victim of domestic violence “why do you stay” can place emphasis in the wrong place and make the victim feel as if they have done something wrong. In all actuality, there are many reasons victims of domestic violence stay in and return to abusive relationships. Victims of domestic violence stay in abusive relationships for fear for their personal safety and the safety and well-being of their children. Statistics show that a victim of domestic violence is at a 75%
With so much talk everywhere on issues of violence, once again a topic discussed at the CONO (Coalition Of Neighborhood Organizations) meeting this past month in wonder of how to stop violence from happening in our community. Let’s consider narrowed down, violence begins in neighborhoods, no matter where they are. Cities including Decatur, have Stop The Violence campaigns and rallies in order to take a stand and to bring positivity and hope which is so important! But I wonder, doesn’t the remedy lay within each one of us? We must not close our eyes or turn a deaf ear, right, and when we see something, yes, we must say something, but isn’t there more? Doesn’t there need to be hands reaching out to one another in solidarity and hope with a goal in mind like the future of our family, neighborhood and ultimately our world. It begins in a neighborhood, your neighborhood and mine. So, if you don’t already have an active neighborhood group in your area, will you consider starting one? If so
As the summer fades away, the winds of change are upon us. The wildflowers are in bloom along the roadways, the crops in the fields are changing colors and Mother Nature’s green coat is beginning to fade. The onset of the beautiful colors of fall can be spotted in some treetops. Although I am a lover of summer, the change from summer to fall has always been exciting to me…. the cool, crisp evenings and mornings and the hint of fog and haze on the horizon. I was always one of the weird kids who looked forward eagerly to the first day of school. The prospect of change and of hope for a great year ahead was intoxicating. As an adult, I still love this time of year. The promise of new beginnings makes it seem like a second New Years, a chance to complete some of those goals that may have been left behind in the busyness of life. If you, or someone you know, has been affected in some way by domestic violence, this second New Year is an exciting time to initiate change.