About Us


Morning Star Sanctuary is the successor of the Madison Children's Home  and Domestic Violence Shelter, which was founded in 1986 as a ministry  of the Madison Church of Christ.  The children's home closed in 2001 and  a group of committed community leaders formed a Board of Directors and  obtained a non-profit status for Morning Star Sanctuary, Inc.  The  Madison Church of Christ agreed to continue to make the homes available  to Morning Star.  After extensive repairs to the building in which the  shelter had been housed, Morning Star Sanctuary opened in 2002.  The  crisis line, court advocacy, support groups and mentoring program  continued without interruption while re-organization and repairs took  place.  

Morning Star continues to grow and serve more victims each year.   Morning Star's mission is to provide a safe haven and numerous other  services for victims of domestic violence and their children and to  empower them to break the cycle of violence that controls their lives.

Over the course of the last 10 years, Morning Star has provided…  

  • Over 50,000 nights of safe stay in our emergency residence for over 800 adults and children escaping domestic violence
  • Over 7,500 counseling hours for women and children
  • Over 10,000 permanent and temporary orders of protection in our 2 offices in the Criminal Justice Center


  • Every 9 seconds in the U.S. a woman is assaulted or beaten
  • Domestic Violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes Combined!
  • Every day in the U.S., more than 3 women are murdered by their husband or boyfriend
  • 1 in 5 teenage  girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened  violence towards her,  or self-harm if presented with a breakup

Based on the most recent data from the Violence Policy Center in Washington, D.C. The five states with the highest rates of women killed by men are, in order:  

  1. Nevada
  2. South Carolina
  3. TENNESSEE (Tennessee moved from 5th to 3rd in a year!)
  4. Louisiana
  5. Virginia