Week 1: Domestic Abuse Responsive Team






The Domestic Abuse Resistance Team (DART) is a non-profit organization whose mission is twofold:

To protect, empower and advocate for all victims, survivors and their children in North Central Louisiana who are affected by domestic and dating violence.

To offer and implement public education programs in regards to the far-reaching consequences of domestic and dating violence.

DART is a non-profit organization established in 1994. DART’s mission is to provide services including critical emergency shelter for abused and endangered residents of our service area [Lincoln, Bienville, Claiborne, Union, Jackson, Grant, and Winn Parishes]. DART began as a small effort, but expanded from one Ruston location to a shelter and a non-residential office on Alabama Avenue as well as offices in each parish we serve. DART is the only emergency shelter of any kind in North Central Louisiana. The nearest shelters for the homeless and family violence victims are in Shreveport, Monroe, and Natchitoches. As the only emergency shelter in its seven-parish area, DART serves the residential emergency and non-residential needs of domestic violence victims in Lincoln, Bienville, Claiborne, Jackson, Union, Grant and Winn Parishes.


We offer a variety of services geared towards fulfilling our mission in North Central Louisiana.

Safety Planning

DART staff will assist survivors and their children in establishing individually-tailored, survivor-directed safety plans and in updating those plans as the circumstances and the safety needs of the families change. Safety planning includes assessment of risk. education about high risk times and actions, and emergency response protocols.

Case Mangement

Domestic violence victims need a variety of community services. DART works with individuals to establish goals and to provide direction and support to obtain their goals. DART also networks with other community agencies to supplement survivor’s needs.

Crisis Line

DART provides a 24-hour crisis line to help callers get to a safe location, to provide information, and to answer questions. If you are in need of safety or help, call the DART crisis line at

[318] 251.2255 or 1.888.411.1333


DART provides safe housing to assist a woman in escaping from a threatening or dangerous situation. Women and their children may stay confidentially for a limited time at no charge. The shelter does not house men, but DART will assist battered men in finding safe places to stay. If you need assistance with emergency safe housing, please contact our shelter at [318] 251.2255.

Supportive Counseling

Trained domestic abuse advocates are available to provide crisis intervention, group, and individual counseling. The program is designed to offer emotional support and information to battered persons. After-work support groups meet weekly. Children’s groups meet at the same times as the adult programs. Please call for times and dates of our group meetings and/or to set up an appointment for individual counseling.

Legal Advocacy

DART assists individuals in obtaining legal representation, providing clerical assistance filing protective orders, pressing charges, and working with law enforcement to bring justice to their abusers. The program helps victims understand their legal rights and supports them in their effort to protect their rights. Please call the DART office in your parish for more information on legal advocacy. DART’s advocates are not attorneys and cannot give legal advice.

Child Advocacy

DART provides a safe, violence-free environment for residential and non-residential children who have experienced or witnessed abuse. Children’s services include individual and group activities. Our Child Advocate work with children on crisis intervention, coping skills, safety, and self-esteem.

The children’s program also offers the following activities: school supplies and uniforms, summer camp, and the Christmas Angel Tree.

Community Education

DART is committed to ending domestic violence through education and public awareness. DART’s Community Advocate and other staff members are present in the community on a regular basis speaking about domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and children’s issues related to domestic violence. DART offers seminars to law enforcement, clergy, and other concerned groups in the community. DART offers speakers to civic, church, and school groups on all facets of domestic violence. Call for more detailed information about scheduling a speaker.



Lincoln – Location


Lincoln Parish, Ruston, Grambling, Simsboro, Choudrant, Vienna and Dubach

Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 9:00 am until 5:00 pm

For services and information, please call (318) 513.9373

Emergency Shelter:

Open 24-hours daily

For services please call (318) 251.2255 or 1.888.411.1333.