Despite the confusing emotions you may be experiencing, there is one thing you can be sure of – there are people here to empower you. AWARE is here to help you heal. You have just taken the first, and possibly the hardest, step; you’ve turned to somebody for help. We can provide you with free assistance, counseling, and support, and empower you to begin living a violence-free life.
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Be careful with your words, once said, they can only be forgiven, not forgotten. How you make others feel about themselves with your words, says a lot about you.
Don’t say something permanently hurtful just because you’re temporarily upset. It only takes a few moments to hurt someone with our words but it can take years to repair the damage.
Be sure to taste your words before you spit them out, think how you would feel if they were said to you.
Don’t mix bad words with your bad mood. You’ll have many opportunities to change a mood, but no opportunity to replace the words you spoke.
Speak only when you feel your words are better than your silence. You never know how long your words will stay with someone, long after you’ve forgotten them. Just because you’re free to say whatever you want doesn’t mean that you always should!
Lastly, tomorrow you’ll have to live with the things you said. #Thinkbeforeyouspeak ...
MAILING ADDRESS: P.O. Box 1526 Jackson, MI 49204-1526
24 Hour Crisis Hotline
“I was a school teacher for years and never imagined that some of my students might be living in a domestic violence shelter. Then one day I drove by and saw the big yellow bus dropping children off at the front door."
“It was hard for me to trust anyone who wanted to get close to me when I first began dating. I was so afraid that I would end up being abused like my mom.”
“The counseling was my one saving grace. It gave me knowledge, safety, and a plan. I received information and resources. Without it I would have been in trouble ... I am so grateful for it being there.”
“I stayed there years ago. I am grateful that the shelter was there at a time when I really needed it. With the help of AWARE, I am in a much better place.”
“The visitation center provided me an opportunity to see my kids on a regular basis while safely rebuilding our relationship.”
24-Hour Crisis Line (517) 783-2861. If you are in immediate danger, dial 911.