Morning Star Sanctuary is the successor of the Madison Children's Home and Domestic Violence Shelter, which was founded in 1986 as a ministry of the Madison Church of Christ. The children's home closed in 2001 and a group of committed community leaders formed a Board of Directors and obtained a non-profit status for Morning Star Sanctuary, Inc. The Madison Church of Christ agreed to continue to make the homes available to Morning Star. After extensive repairs to the building in which the shelter had been housed, Morning Star Sanctuary opened in 2002. The crisis line, court advocacy, support groups and mentoring program continued without interruption while re-organization and repairs took place.
Morning Star continues to grow and serve more victims each year. Morning Star's mission is to provide a safe haven and numerous other services for victims of domestic violence and their children and to empower them to break the cycle of violence that controls their lives.
Over the course of the last 5 years, Morning Star has provided…
- Over 26,000 nights of safe stay in our emergency residence for over 800 adults and children escaping domestic violence
- Over 7,500 counseling hours for women and children
- Over 10,000 permanent and temporary orders of protection in our 2 offices in the Criminal Justice Center
ADDITIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATISTICS
- Every 9 seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten
- Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes Combined!
- Every day in the U.S., more than 3 women are murdered by their husband or boyfriend
- 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence towards her, or self-harm if presented with a breakup
Based on the most recent data from the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C.
The five states with the highest rates of women killed by men are, in order:
- South Carolina
- TENNESSEE (Tennessee moved from 5th to 3rd in a year!)