Welcome to the D.O.V.E.S. Website!
We are the only non-profit domestic violence shelter serving Natchitoches Parish. The purpose of our program is to promote peace for victims of domestic violence so they can live in safety and wellness.
Please explore our website to find out more about us, our free services, and domestic violence. An "escape" button is located in the top left corner and will take you immediately out of the site.
If you are experiencing a crisis, please call our 24 hour
CRISIS HOTLINE: 318-352-9394
The mission of D.O.V.E.S., Inc. is to assist victims of domestic violence by providing free educational and supportive services for their safety and empowerment so they may move freely and securely toward safe and self-determined living. D.O.V.E.S. honors a victim's right, ability and need to learn, live and love from authentic choices within their intimate relationships and to do so without threat or receipt of violence.
D.O.V.E.S., Inc. embraces the belief that everyone has the right to live free of relationship violence and exercise free moral agency. The program's philosophy is to support victims' rights and inform them of their choices for change: not make those changes for them. It is a philosophy of empowerment that assists toward independence rather than of rescue that encourages dependency; one that respects a person's right to choose what is best for them.
The goals of the program are to affect local policies, practices and perceptions affecting domestic violence victims through educational endeavors, public awareness campaigns and cooperative service partnerships throughout the community.