Celebrating 20 years
In 1989, the Ruston Mayor's Commission began to study the issue of domestic violence in the area. In 1990 they advanced their study by gathering statitics from various service providers. After three years of collecting data they saw that the problem was increasingly getting worse. In 1994 DART opened it's doors for services. DART's initial staff included one full time staff and one part-time staff and has now grown to staff 20 employees. in 1994 DART service area included 5 parishes of North Central Louisiana to 7 parishes in 2012. DART had one location when it started providing services, which served as our shelter as well as staff office space. DART now has 8 locations including our shelter, administrative office and 6 rural parish offices. Throughout the years DART has provided numerous direct services to survivors of domestice violence and their families and provided community awareness to countless individuals. We are proud to say that we visible, recognized, and respected in each of our communities.