0:05 - Domestic violence affects one in four women.
0:07 - (sound of cell phone buzzing)
0:11 - But abusive relationships don't always leave bruises.
0:17 - Humiliation
0:22 - Restricted finances
0:26 - Intimidation
0:30 - You feel alone.
0:34 - But there is somewhere you can go for help.
0:38 - The Marjaree Mason Center provides a safe place to stay, resources to become independent, or just someone to talk to, confidentially.
0:50 - Leaving is hard. When you're ready, we'll be here.
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Marjaree Mason Center supports and empowers adults and their children affected by domestic violence, while striving to prevent and end the cycle of abuse through education and advocacy. Marjaree Mason Center is Fresno County's only dedicated provider of domestic violence shelter and support services, including education for victims and youth. Our vision is a community free of domestic violence.
Marjaree Mason Center provides emergency and longer-term Safe Housing, along with a wide variety of support services for victims of domestic violence in Fresno County. Marjaree Mason Center operates two confidentially located safe houses in Fresno County with 156 beds for men, women and children affected by domestic violence. 1,232 adults and children were provided with 56,000 nights of safe housing in 2017-2018.
Marjaree Mason Center provides a variety of legal services including advocacy and court accompaniment. In 2018, 993 adults received legal assistance.
Marjaree Mason Center offers individual and group therapy for adults and children affected by domestic violence. Last year, 5,724 individual and group counseling sessions were provided.
Marjaree Mason Center offers a variety of education opportunities for those who have experienced domestic violence or for the community at large.
Victims of domestic violence seeking safe housing and/ or services can drop by the Marjaree Mason Center Administration Building, at 1600 M Street, or you can contact our administration office at (559) 237-4706. Those affected by domestic violence can reach a 24-Hour Crisis Hotline anytime at (559) 233-HELP (4357).
In 1978, Marjaree Mason seemed to have it all: a job she enjoyed, graduation from Fresno State University planned, and an independent life with supportive friends and family. At age 36, Marjaree was looking forward to an exciting new chapter in her life with joy, fulfillment and purpose.
In November of that year, Marjaree's joy was overshadowed by the return of her ex-boyfriend - who refused to go away despite Marjaree's insistence that he leave her alone. Her continued rejection fueled his rage, which exploded in violence as he kidnapped, beat and raped Marjaree before releasing her the next day.
Frightened and confused, Marjaree sought medical attention and shared details of her ordeal with hospital personnel, who reported the incident to the Sheriff's Department. Before an investigation was launched, Marjaree's ex-boyfriend again kidnapped and assaulted Marjaree, shooting her before turning the gun on himself.
Marjaree Mason's tragic death gained national attention, shining a spotlight on domestic violence and galvanizing the Fresno community into action to ensure that no one would suffer the same fate. In 1979, the Marjaree Mason Center was born, and has since worked tirelessly to provide a safe, supportive environment for those affected by domestic violence.