Our Q 94.1 DART Radiothon is set for September 18th! We need your help to support this great organization and reach our goal! Below is some information about DART and what they do for our community! Please join us September 18th and help us help those that need our help and support!



DART opened its doors in 1994, serving Lincoln Parish with one full-time and one part-time employee. Our founders included Judge Robert James, District Attorney Bob Levy, Judge Joe Bleich, Terry Nix, and Terrie Queen Autrey. DART provides free and confidential emergency shelter, crisis intervention, counseling, legal advocacy, and children’s services to survivors of domestic violence and their children. DART also offers community education in each of the parishes we serve.
In the past 25 years, DART has grown in both parishes served and number of employees. We have earned a statewide reputation as a well-run grass-roots organization which has a strong base of community support.

Parishes Served: Lincoln, Union, Jackson, Bienville, Claiborne, Winn and Grant

Number of People Served: In 2018 alone, DART served 423 women, 10 men, and 360 children.

Facilities: One shelter (serving 12 people) and seven rural offices. The shelter is the only one in 7 parishes; the offices are the only source of support at all for survivors in the remote rural areas served by D.A.R.T. Many of the rural parishes are classified as high poverty and high minority status parishes.

Number of Domestic Abuse Fatalities in our community since 1994: DART has been informed of 41 domestic violence deaths in the parishes we served since we opened our doors: 33 women, 3 men, and 4 children. Since we did not gather information on new parishes until the year we began to serve them, we believe this number to be greater.

Number of Staff Members: 21. This reflects our Executive Director and part-time administrative staff in Ruston, 24-hour staff at the shelter in Lincoln Parish; a Rural Advocate in each outlying parish; a Domestic Violence counselor; a Legal Advocate/Rural Program Supervisor; a Child Advocate, two Community Advocates, a bookkeeper and a statistician.

Amount of $ Needed in Private Donations Annually in Order to Continue to Provide the Current Level of Care: $68,000 – $70,000. Costs of living often increase annually and many are not covered by existing grants. In addition, there are unexpected costs such as the need for a new roof, new sewage system, or new flooring.

Additional information on DV:

1 in 3 women will experience some form of domestic abuse in their lifetime in our country. National Domestic Violence Hotline

Number of U.S. Troops killed in Afghanistan & Iraq: 6,614
Number of women killed in the same time period as the result of domestic violence in the U.S.: 11,766 Huffington Post

Nearly 24 people per minute are physically abused by an intimate partner violence in the U.S. NCCADV (North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence)

Boys who grow up witnessing domestic violence in the home are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults. (Source: Strauss, Gelles, and Smith, “Physical Violence in American Families: Risk Factors and Adaptations to Violence” in 8,145 Families. Transaction Publishers (1990)

In a multitude of studies of homeless women with children, 80% report domestic abuse in their past. (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

39% of U.S. cities cite domestic violence as the primary cause of homelessness. (U.S Conference of Mayors, 2009)

The Number One cause of death to African American women ages 15-34 according to the American Bar Association: homicide at the hands of an intimate partner.

5 million children witness domestic violence each year in the U.S. (Childhood Domestic Violence Association)

Children in homes with violence are physically abused or seriously neglected at a rate 1500% higher than the national average. (Childhood Domestic Violence Association)

Domestic abuse and animal abuse have a marked correlation. The Humane Society reports that in a study of families under investigation for child abuse, researchers found that pet abuse had occurred in 88% of the families.