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Need Help?

24 Hour Crisis Line

National Domestic Violence Hotline

1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
TTY: 1-800-787-3224

Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN)
1-800-656-HOPE (4673)


Services we provide...

  • Emergency Shelter

  • Housing Services

  • Community Education

  • Crisis Center

  • Support Groups 

Welcome to COVE!


COVES Mission

The mission of Communities Overcoming Violent Encounters (COVE) is to provide shelter, protection and advocacy to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault aswell as to educate the community on the root causes of violence. Services are provided in Mason, Lakeand Oceana counties to men, women and their children. 

COVES Phllosophy

Domestic violence,defined as intimate partner violence, is rooted in a social structure that produces profound inequities in the distribution of power and resources, in the roles and relationships between men, women, and children in families, and has devastating effects on victims,their children,and our entire society. It is criminal conduct that must not be tolerated. A comprehensive community response to domestic violence through education, advocacy, and appropriate intervention is necessary to bring about change and end theviolenceBattering stops only when assailants are held accountable for their abuse.

COVE shall promote the empowerment of survivors and seek social change to redress the existing power imbalance within violent relationships. To make informed decisions for themselves and their children, survivors need access to safety and information about domestic violence, available options, and community resources. COVE is committed to treating survivors with dignity and respect, and to providing them the support and advocacy necessary to realize their right to self-determination.

COVES Vision

COVE is more than a building to provide emergency shelter. It's a safe place where violence and control are not present. Some clients have never known a life without violence. Beyond COVE being a safe place, the goal is to encourage, listen and provide advocacy and resources to both residential and non-residential clients helping them build their knowledge, courage and ability to make changes in their lives that will assist them in removing themselves andtheir children from violence they have experienced. COVE addresses current, potentially life threatening situations, as well as tries to stop the cycle of violence in future generations by educating our communities.

COVE will strive to be a donor, volunteer, and most importantly client centric program in a welcoming atmosphere. 



• In a single day in 2014, Michigan domestic violence programs provided services to 2,492 victims/survivors.

• In 2009, 103,331 incidents of domestic violence were reported to Michigan police. Many others went unreported.

• Over half of domestic violence homicides in Michigan are committed with guns.

• An estimated 18.2% of Michigan women will experience stalking in their lifetimes.


• 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner.

• On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls, approximately 15 calls every minute.

• Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime.

• The presence of a gun in the home during a domestic violence incident increases the risk of homicide by at least 500%.

• 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these crimes are female.

COVE Needs your Help!

Please help us collect incorrect printed material and update any online information about COVE! Simply contact us to make sure we are aware of any websites, Facebook pages, or other locations with any type of information or locations displaying printed material containing information that differs from our

Please share this information in the communities we serve: Mason, Lake and Oceana Counties. COVE is nota homeless shelter or only a women's shelter. Services are provided to men, women and their children who are victims of domestic violence or sexual assault in Mason, Oceana and Lake Counties. A few of these services include a 24-Hour Crisis Line: 800-950-5808; safety planning - which may include time in COVE shelter. advocacy for a variety of needs; group support and crisis support.

For additional information, including if your group, organization, or church would like to have someone speak about COVE, please contact Sandy Francis, Development and Public Relations Manager at 231-843-2541, ext. 8. 

906 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington, MI 49431
Office 231-843-2541
Web Site provided by: Kaigin Development, LLC 
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