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Recent News


March, 2017

IRIS Domestic Violence Center Appoints John J. Price New Executive Director


February, 2017

Woman in critical condition after shooting off South Sherwood Forest ...

Baton Rouge man accused of shooting at vehicle with his ex ...

Man arrested in case of Asha Davis, nursing student found shot to ...

Questions linger after gun purchased by domestic abuser turned ...

Dating an abuser is no less dangerous than being married to one ...

Louisiana groups helping rape, domestic violence victims worry of ...

See the report: DA finds these factors more common than expected ...

January, 2017

 Without enforcement, a protective order is merely a piece of paper


OCTOBER IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH 

55 Domestic Violence Fatalities In Louisiana September, 2015 – August, 2016

Take Back the Night

Louisiana Domestic Violence Fatality List, 2016


August, 2016

Click here for a Messaged from the ED on the 2016 Historic Flooding in Louisiana

Louisiana: Critical Personal Protection Legislation for Domestic ...

Domestic violence advocates push for more funds, laws - Story

 

The 22nd Annual IRIS CHEF SHOW OFF - CANCELLED as of 2/1/2017

This event has been cancelled and will be re-scheduled in 2018. 


WAFB Interview with Lynne Medley-Long announcing the 20th Annual Women's Chef Show Off, March 26th at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino.

http://www.wafb.com/clip/11198437/community-women-chefs-show-off


Take the #50ShadesofGreen challenge and support   .

http://www.brstar.org/

 

    Week is March 8th - 14th!

I'll organize an activity or event, like an awareness event or local fundraiser!

I'd like to attend an event already going on in my area!


February 18, 2015

Stalked: 'I didn't feel like a whole woman, he took so much out of me'

http://www.wafb.com/story/28144495/stalked-i-didnt-feel-like-a-whole-woman-he-took-so-much-out-of-me


January 29, 2015

Public Service Announcent to play Super Bowl Sunday.

http://wvla.m0bl.net/r/22vetw


September 9, 2014
WBRZ2: Domestic homicide on the rise in Louisiana 
The Advocate: Louisiana climbs in the death rate of women at the hands of men


August 18, 2014
The Advocate: EBR prosecutors take new tack in domestic violence prosecutions 


August 14, 2014
FOX44: Vigil highlights new laws against domestic violence
WBRZ2: Domestic violence court to help convicts in Baton Rouge
Dozens gather at Capitol for domestic violence vigil


August 12, 2014
WRKF 89.3: Baton Rouge hosts the Monument Quilt 


June 10, 2014

The Advocate: Officials call for more resources to stop domestic violence
NBC33: Local leaders join mother of murder victim to pledge to stop domestic violence 


June 9, 2014
WAFB9: Local leaders, victim advocates bring attention to domestic violence 


May 8, 2014
NBC33: Local judges consider domestic violence court


April 24, 2014
WAFB9: Local ministry group rolls out fundraiser for benefit of domestic violence center


April 21, 2014
FOX44: Advocates say help is available for domestic violence victims 


April 19, 2014
WBRZ2: Family mourns loss during candlelight vigil 


April 18, 2014
The Advocate: BR Woodworkers Club donates desks to Iris 


April 2014
The Advocate: Slaying victim had warned about danger 


March 30, 2014
The Advocate: Women Chefs' Show Off 


March 28, 2014
The Advocate: Domestic violence topic for Newcomer's Encore 


October 15, 2013
 WAFB Editorial: Domestic Violence Awareness Month


October 14, 2013
The Advocate: "Take Back the Night raises abuse awareness" 

Contact Us


Iris-Center 24-Hour Crisis Hotline:
225-389-3001
1-800-541-9706 (toll free)

Main Office:
(225) 389-3002

Mailing Address:
PO Box 52809
Baton Rouge, LA 70892

Welcome to Iris Domestic Violence Center


 

John J. Price, former city official, appointed new Executive Director for IRIS Domestic Violence Center

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The Capital Area Family Violence Intervention enter, Inc., also known as the Iris Domestic Violence Center, serving a seven-parish area around the capital area, has announced the selection of John J. Price, as its new executive director. Price will be succeeding Lynn Medley-Long as director who will be taking early retirement. Price was selected by the Board of Director’s Executive Search Committee to replace Medley-Long who served as the executive director for two years. The selection was made after a two-month search and selection process.


“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” reported Melanie Fields, President of the Board of Directors. “John will bring leadership and creativity to the Center’s programs and a personal commitment to our mission to empower survivors, prevent relationship violence, and promote justice for victims of domestic and dating violence. He is a licensed attorney who has served in executive leadership capacities in many arenas. We felt he brought a fresh perspective on how the Iris Center can go about better serving our community and we are confident he will be a leader and advocate for victims, survivors and all those impacted by domestic violence. The board and I look forward to working alongside John as we continue to strengthen and expand the important services being offered to families impacted by domestic violence.” 

Price, a longtime resident of Baton Rouge, received his BS degree from Louisiana State University and his Juris Doctorate from the Paul M. Hebert School of Law, where he was inducted into the law school Hall of Fame. He has practiced law in Louisiana for over 30 years and most recently served as Assistant Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Baton Rouge under former Mayor President Melvin “Kip” Holden. He also served as the mayor’s appointment to the East Baton Rouge Parish Planning Commission. Mr. Price currently serves on the Board of Directors for University View Academy, a free public online charter school for kindergarten through 12th-grade.
“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve this community, especially in an area where the work that we do literally saves lives - every day. Domestic abuse and family violence have reached frightening proportions in Louisiana and particularly in the capital area. That abuse is not just physical, it can also involve emotional and financial abuse aimed at gaining or maintaining control over a victim. In addressing this epidemic, we will work to increase community awareness of domestic violence issues and, expand and strengthen our collaborative partnerships. We will protect the civil rights of domestic violence victims, particularly women and children, and provide the necessary resources, support and encouragement to empower them to break the cycle of domestic violence and abuse”, said Price.


Iris Domestic Violence Center and other Advocates Applaud the Passage of Bills Expanding Domestic Violence Protections


The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the federally designated statewide coalition of shelters, non-residential programs and individuals working to end domestic violence in Louisiana, applauded last week’s final passage of bills expanding domestic violence protections in Louisiana. Representatives of HB 223 by Representative Helena Moreno and HB 27 by Representative Patrick Connick cleared their cleared their final legislative hurdle with Senate passage that sends each to the governor’s desk.


The bills close longstanding loopholes in Louisiana’s domestic violence statutes. HB 223 extends the majority of existing domestic violence protections to dating partners. Previously, dating partners who did not live together or share a child were excluded from the protections provided in the domestic abuse battery law. HB 27 changes the definition of “household member” in Louisiana’s domestic abuse criminal statutes to include cohabiting couples of the same sex. Louisiana is one of only two states whose current law explicitly excludes LGBT victims from these protections.


“These changes have been a long time coming,” said Mariah Wineski, Interim Executive Director at LCADV. “A large portion of domestic violence survivors have historically been excluded from the legal protections provided in the criminal code. We applaud today’s legislative victory and look forward to seeing the results of these changes in the field.”


John J. Price, newly appointed executive director of the IRIS Domestic Violence Center, said the bills “reflect the current reality that sexual abuse and domestic violence often occurs between individuals outside of a traditional family household or marriage. The abuse and violence often occurs where the individuals are in a dating relationship and is often between former spouses or relationship partners.”


The bills seek to fix issues in the law that have hindered Louisiana’s domestic violence response for years. According to LCADV, 60% of Louisiana’s intimate partner homicide victims in 2016 were not married to their abusers.


Wineski credits a strong coalition of advocates and supporters for the bills’ success. “Domestic violence is an issue that crosses all social and political boundaries. We are lucky to have a diverse network of people who care deeply about ending domestic violence in our state and are willing to put in the work to see real progress.”


The Coalition worked in partnership with several entities, including the Capital Area Domestic Violence Intervention Center, the United Way, various law enforcement and district attorney’s offices, along with other local domestic violence advocates across the state to achieve passage of the bills.


IRIS Domestic Violence Center Shelter - Fully Functional and Operational – and Looking to Remain So for the Future.


IRIS Domestic Violence Center Executive Director John J. Price, confirmed that the shelter facility used by IRIS to serve domestic violence survivors within its 7-parish area of service around Baton Rouge, has remained fully functional and operational since the flooding of 2016 and there is no set timeline in place to close the facility in order to rehab the structure.

Apparently, there had some confusion and a few questions arise due to our announced plans to make needed repairs to the shelter facility following the 2016 flooding. While the shelter facility sustained damages as a result of the flood, those damages did not result in a closure of the shelter facility or a reduction of the services being provided. Since the flooding, IRIS has remained open and will continue to remain open in order to fulfill our mission to empower survivors, prevent relationship violence, and promote justice for victims of domestic and dating violence, their children, and our communities.


“I simply wanted to insure the public that the doors of the IRIS shelter facility have always been open - and will always remain open - to provide for those domestic abuse survivors needing our services. At IRIS, we know that the services we provide to individuals who find themselves in a domestic abuse situation, can sometimes be the difference between life and death. The operation of our safe shelter facility is a critical component of what we can provide for those individuals who find themselves in a dangerous and threatening place while suffering in a domestic abuse relationship. In the future, it is our hope to attain an appropriate level of funding that will enable us to make needed repairs and rehab our shelter facility in order to better serve our survivors. I remain confident that this will happen at some point. However, we presently do not have a definitive timeline in place for when that will occur nor do we have a firm commitment for where the needed funding for such repairs will come.”


Presently, the shelter facility remains open for emergency housing services and IRIS will continue to serve domestic violence survivors and their children at the facility. 

 



2016

Iris recieves Non-Profit of Excellence Award

from

The Louisiana Legislative Womens Caucus (LLWC)


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Survivor's Feedback




NEW BOARD MEMBERS - 2016


 

April 26, 2016

DAY AT THE CAPITOL 



LSU WOMENS CENTER

 Esprit de Femme Awards - 2016


 

Iris Adopt-A-Room Campaign 2016

Contact Amada Cowley, Associate Executive Director for More info.

225-389-3002 or acowley@stopdv.org

March 18, 2016

The 1st Adopt-A-Room Project

Completed by and Special Thanks to: Kimberlee Wells and NU Image Events and Design Company Cost: $1,000.00


 

 March 25, 2016

Walmart Easter Basket Donations


Mission:

 

To protect and empower survivors, prevent relationship violence, and promote justice for victims of Domestic Violence, their children and our communities. 

 

 Vision:

 

Iris will be a nationally recognized, high quality, cost effective model for providing domestic violence services. 

 

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