FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Iris Domestic Violence Center Starts National Search for Executive Director
The Board of Directors of the Iris Domestic Violence Center is embarking upon a national search seeking a new Executive Director. The outgoing Executive Director, Judy Benitez, M.Ed., resigned to explore other opportunities.
“We are extremely grateful for Judy’s years of service to our agency, survivors, and the community in which we serve. She has been an asset to the organization and we wish her well in her future endeavors,” said Danna LeBlanc, President of the Board of Directors.
During the search, Gail Gaiennie will serve as the Interim Executive Director. Ms. Gaiennie is a Baton Rouge native and has spent the last fifteen years post-retirement serving multiple non-profits in the Capital Area.
Iris Domestic Violence Center currently serves Greater Baton Rouge, its’ surrounding parishes, and over 5,000 women and children a year. It is the only domestic violence program recognized by the Department of Children and Family Services within these seven parishes: East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, East and West Feliciana. The agency currently provides a 24-Hour Domestic Violence Response Hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, advocacy, legal services, education and training and a wide range of support services to survivors of domestic violence and their children. Our mission is to empower survivors, prevent relationship violence, and promote justice for victims of domestic and dating violence, their children, and our communities.
Iris Domestic Violence Center is a proud Capital Area United Way Community Partner, a Department of Children and Family Services agency, and a member agency of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
Our mission is to empower survivors, prevent relationship violence, and promote justice for victims of domestic and dating violence, their children, and our communities.
For more than 30 years, Iris Domestic Violence Center (formerly operating as CAFVIC/Battered Women's Program) has provided professional, compassionate, and empowering support to survivors of family violence and their children. All services are free and confidential. Services are offered to residential (in-shelter) as well as non-residential survivors. Iris Center serves the parishes of East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville, West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, and East Feliciana.
If you need assistance, do not hesitate to call our 24 hour crisis line:
(225) 389-3001 or 1 (800) 541-9706
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