By BriAnn Harvey
Mason Times staff writer
MASON – End Violent Encounters, otherwise known as EVE, provides shelter and supportive services for the victims of domestic violence while seeking to end the violence through public awareness and community education.
EVE is a non-profit organization that provides services to shelter and non-shelter residents of Ingham County.
EVE was the first domestic violence program in Lansing and was founded on Dec. 15, 1977, by Diane Windischman.
EVE offers free and confidential programs which include a 24-hour crisis line, a 365-day shelter, advocacy, counseling, a personal protection order office, children’s services, community education, dating violence prevention education, court advocacy, and a domestic violence support unit.
The domestic violence support unit is in Mason at the Ingham County Sheriff’s Office.
Tonya Avery, an EVE legal advocacy coordinator, said, the office in Mason would not be possible without the grant provided from the Mason Area Community Fund.
“We found in response to domestic violence courts there are a whole lot of services needed in some cases,” Avery said.
It’s a collaboration of all these services, everyone working together to create a safer community, Avery said.
Victim advocate Nattalie Akers said that any time the police are called to a domestic violence scene they give out information about EVE to the victim.
“During normal protocol we give the victim domestic violence information and a brochure about how to get a personal protection order,” Sergeant Donald Hanson of the Mason Police Department, said.
EVE provides confidential walk-in hours and appointments without the police being involved.
We try to make our services pretty accessible, Akers said.
We go pick up victims who are stranded and try to individualize our services to their needs, Avery said.
All programs are geared toward the safety of the survivor, through the eyes of the survivor, Avery said.
We’re working on homicide prevention; we help the victim realize there is help available for them before it leads to that, Avery said.
Most people do not realize domestic violence is happening right next to them or that a family needs help until its too late, Avery said.
They need to come to us so we can help prevent homicides, Avery said.
Eve provides service to all family types, income levels, sexual orientations, racial, ethnic and religious background.
We’re seeing it crossing every line in our community, Avery said.
24 Hour Crisis Line: 517-372-5572
EVE Business Line: 517-372-5976
P. O. Box 14149
Lansing MI 48901
Personal Protection Order Office: 517-483-6545
Veteran’s Memorial Courthouse
313 West Kalamazoo
Lansing, MI 48933
Mason Domestic Violence Support Unit: 517-676-8285
Ingham County Sheriff’s Office
630 North Cedar
Mason, MI 48854