Our Mission

Based on the philosophy that domestic violence is wrong and unacceptable, the mission of White County Domestic Violence Prevention, Inc. is to prevent domestic violence by:

- Providing safe shelter to women and their children who are in abusive situations.

- Offering encouragement, support, and options that allow victims of abuse to make informed decisions about their lives.

- Working to enhance the self esteem of those we serve, and encouraging self determination by providing a respectful, supportive, and encouraging environment with positive role modeling.

- Providing public education on the dynamics of domestic violence and prevention.

Our History

White County Domestic Violence Prevention,Inc., is a non-profit agency serving the victims of domestic violence in White County, Arkansas. We own and operate Hope Cottage, the shelter for battered women and their children who are fleeing abusive relationships.

WCDVP, Inc., first began in 1995, with two local citizens independently researching the need for a local battered women’s shelter. They learned that White County residents in need of help were finding shelter in Heber Springs or Batesville, and that 78 White County women sought refuge in those shelters that year alone. The Batesville shelter put the two women in touch with each other, and the ball was rolling! Hope Cottage opened just one year later, in a temporary shelter donated by a local church. A few years later, we opened our own shelter in an undisclosed location, for the protection of the women seeking shelter there. Since we opened our doors, over 2000 women and children have found safety at HopeCottage.

Although most people have a mental picture of a warehouse type arrangement, with rickety bunk beds as far as the eye can see and a pot of oatmeal on the stove, living arrangements at the shelter are a very different story.

The shelter is “homey”. We do try to maximize space, so each woman will share a bedroom with her children, and at times of serious overcrowding, she may share a room with another woman. There is a common living room and kitchen. While at the shelter, women receive assistance in connecting with community resources, job hunting and housing searches. We offer support and encouragement. We try to help her see the strong and courageous woman who has survived abuse.

  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Clothing
  • Personal Care Items
  • Cell Phone w/charger
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Safety Planning
  • Domestic Violence Counseling
  • Medical
  • Prescriptions
  • Support Group
  • Transportation
  • Orders of Protection
  • Annual Christmas Party
  • Educational Classes
    • Steps to Success
    • Family Enrichment
    • Practical Life Skills
    • Dynamics of Domestic Violence
  • Resource List
    • Job Search
    • Housing
    • Medical Services
    • Legal Services

supportTalking with people who understand your situation, who have been where you are, and who may be a few steps ahead of you on the path is often the most meaningful help you can find. WCDVP sponsors a weekly support group for females who have been touched by domestic violence. If you are interested in attending, please call (501) 278-4673 for support group information.

  • Transition support for up to a year
  • Housewares
  • Furniture
  • Personal Care Items
  • Clothing
  • Food
  • Hospital Advocacy
  • Court Advocacy
  • Counseling
  • Referrals
  • Law Enforcement & Domestic Violence
  • Civic Groups & Domestic Violence
  • Schools – Teens & Domestic Violence
  • Community & Domestic Violence

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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Testimonials

“When I first heard the words “Domestic Violence Shelter” I was terrified.  A “shelter” had to be even worse than the abuse my children and I were dealing with at home.  I decided to call Hope Cottage and my entire life changed.  Everybody treated me like family.  They all worked together to save the lives of both me and my children, and I will be forever greatful.”