abused woman silencedWhite County, Arkansas is a perfect combination of farm life and big city. We are rural enough to be comfortable with small town values and big enough to have everything we need close at hand. It is easy to believe that we live in a modern Mayberry, and nothing bad ever happens here.   Sometimes, it is hard for people to believe that domestic violence is a problem here, but:

  • Since 2008, White County has suffered at least 11 confirmed domestic homicides
  • In the past five years, Hope Cottage has given shelter to 365 women and211 of their children
  • In the past five years, Hope Hotline has answered 1,239 crisis calls

Domestic Violence is real, and it is a problem in our own county. Even if we aren’t victims, we are affected.

Real Statistics, Real Problems

  • The National Coalition for the Homeless has concluded (as a result of numerous national studies) that of women and children who are homeless, 54% are homeless because they are fleeing domestic abuse.
  • Studies of runaway teens indicate that 80% of teens who run away do so to escape violent homes.
  • Bystanders are often injured in attempts to help victims of domestic violence. When a batterer decides to kill his victim, bystanders are often killed or injured as well.
  • Injuries sustained by victims of domestic violence are the leading cause of emergency room visits by women and cause more serious injuries than muggings, rapes and automobile accidents combined. Nationally, medical costs for victims of domestic violence are estimated to be around $5.8 billion. These expenses are largely uninsured so costs are passed on to consumers.
  • Domestic abuse is the leading cause of miscarriage in our nation. It is also the leading cause of maternal death during pregnancy and delivery.
  • Injuries sustained during episodes of domestic violence are as severe as those received in at least 90% of other violent crimes.
  • Long term physical abuse causes mental health issues, chemical dependencies, and physical illnesses. For example, battered women have higher rates of cancer, cardiac disease, and diabetes than women who are not battered.


  • Children who grow up in homes where their mother is battered have a higher drop out and/or failure rate academically.
  • They are six times more susceptible to substance abuse, STDs, pregnancy, homicide or suicide than other children.
  • They are eight times more likely to be arrested for violent crimes against persons than other children.
  • They are three times more likely to become abusers or victims themselves
  • Seventy percent of men who abuse their partners also abuse their children
  • Children are often injured accidentally in an assault on their mother. Children are sometimes killed in order to punish or control their mother. Boys over 14, especially, are often injured in an attempt to protect their mothers.

At Hope Cottage, we understand the problems battered women and their children face.

Please call our hotline at 501-278-4673. If you are afraid in your home, we can help you. If you are afraid for someone you know, we can help you help them. Call collect, if necessary.

Contact Details

White County Domestic Violence Prevention, Inc.

Address: P.O. Box 1196
Searcy, Arkansas 72145

Office: (501) 278-5130

Hotline: (501) 278-4673

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Thank you!  He had my grave ready.  If that church hadn’t had your hotline number, I would be dead by now.