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Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center

Who We Are

The Merryman House Domestic Crisis Center was founded in 1978 by a group of dedicated volunteers who were committed to ending domestic violence in our community. Since its inception, the Merryman House has grown to a comprehensive advocacy program offering both residency and outreach services to meet the needs of victims of intimate partner abuse and their dependents as they strive to live free of violence in their home.

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What We Do

MHDCC in the only certified domestic violence program in the Purchase Area Development District. Along with a 24 bed emergency shelter, the MHDCC offers a variety of intervention and prevention programs including outreach services. The Purchase Area Development District is made up of the 8 most western counties in the state of Kentucky: Ballard, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Marshall, and McCracken.

24-Hour Crisis Intervention
All services offered by MHDCC can be accessed by calling the toll-free crisis line at 1-800-585-2686. Language interpretation and hearing impaired services are available to all callers.


Emergency Shelter
MHDCC operates a safe, secure, 24 bed emergency shelter for individuals or families forced to flee their homes due to intimate partner violence. Comprehensive support services are offered to all individuals and families residing in shelter.

The lovely three story home located on a secluded, wooded eight acre tract of land provides individuals and families with a large community living area, large dining area, group room, children’s playroom and playground area, private counseling rooms, laundry facilities and all that nature has to offer, including various types of birds, deer, fox and an occasional raccoon, for residents to begin their journey to live free.

This facility is fully secure and staffed 24 hours per day. Daily individual and group counseling provide emotional support to residents of the shelter. Children’s programs ensure that resident's children receive support, safety planning, and lots of green space for outdoor play and other assistance as needed while living in shelter.





Individual Counseling
Individual counseling assists our clients in building positive self-esteem, making constructive life choices, recognizing the warning signs of intimate partner abuse and learning healthy relationship skills. Individual counseling is offered daily to shelter residents, as well as weekly or as needed to non-residential victims throughout the Purchase Area.

Group Counseling
Group counseling breaks the sense of isolation experienced by many victims of intimate partner abuse. Sharing the struggle with those who have had similar experiences strengthens survivors and helps to create a sense of community. Support groups are offered daily for shelter residents to facilitate the healing process. Non-residential groups are offered monthly in various counties throughout the Purchase Area.

Case Management
Residential and non-residential families work with MHDCC advocates to identify and achieve goals in several areas, including education, employment, healthcare, and housing. The MHDCC program partners with a broad range of social service agencies in the region and provides referrals to these resources to ensure that clients can meet all of their needs.

Legal Advocacy
The legal system can be intimidating to anyone. Survivors of intimate partner violence often find themselves thrust into the middle of a complex legal system with limited knowledge of their choices, options, and legal rights.

MHDCC provides advocates to help victims who are pursuing domestic violence related legal action with security, and emotional support throughout the legal justice process. Advocates may assist with filing emergency protective orders and court accompaniment for both civil and criminal courts.

Information about days, times, and location for all counseling and case management services may be accessed through our toll free crisis line at 1-800-585-2686 or by contacting an outreach office directly.

Children Services

The smallest victims of intimate partner abuse are not forgotten by the MHDCC. Our goal is to provide a structured, safe environment for children to grow and be child-like. Our emergency shelter includes a children’s playroom and playground area, as well as, specially trained advocates that interact daily with the children. The advocates also support the parenting of the adult victim by empowering families to access structured programming.


Support Groups and Individual Counseling

Individual and group counseling is available for all children residing at shelter and by appointment through our non-residential programming. Education advocacy and support are also offered.

Children's groups cover a wide range of topics including: domestic violence, safety planning, family dynamics, self-esteem, feelings, fears, trust, transition/change, non-verbal communication, and school work.

Financial Literacy
Financial control of an abuse partner causes many victims of intimate partner abuse to believe that have no choice but to remain with their abuser. Gaining control of their finances is an important path to independence for survivors. Financial literacy counseling is aimed at helping families with asset building as they work toward self-sufficiency.

Financial literacy workshops are offered by MHDCC staff throughout the Purchase Area. The workshops include information regarding budgeting, credit repair, home ownership, predatory lending, and other financial literacy topics. One-on-one financial counseling is available to all survivors of Domestic Violence by our housing staff or Economic Justice Counselor by calling the toll-free hotline at 1-800-585-2686 or by appointment at one of our non-residential program offices.

Housing Services
Fear of nowhere to go, nowhere safe to live and ultimately becoming homeless is a realistic fear for victims hoping to flee or escape abusive relationships. MHDCC has specialized staff to assist individuals and families as they pursue affordable housing options. Housing services are available throughout the Purchase Area to best meet the needs of our clients and ensure their safety as they begin a new life free from violence in their homes.

Community Education & Professional Training 

Advocates are available to conduct trainings and presentations aimed at increasing community awareness and involvement at businesses and other organizations throughout the region.

In addition to general domestic violence education, workshops on the following topics are offered: the effects on children exposed to batterers, healthy relationships, dating violence, and workplace violence.

Educational trainings focused on issues surrounding domestic violence are offered at schools, churches, businesses, community organizations, and other locations.

Speakers are available to participate in conferences, trainings, and community awareness events in collaboration with other community agencies or businesses.

Education and training programs can be tailored to address specific needs or requests from community partners.

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Contact Information

Address Information
PO Box 98
Paducah, KY 42001
Contact: Dawn York
Phone: 270-443-6001
Fax: 270-443-9146