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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


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.

Take the #50ShadesofGreen challenge and support   .


    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'

January 29, 2015

Public Service Announcent to play Super Bowl Sunday.

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:
1-800-541-9706 (toll free)

Main Office:
(225) 389-3002

Mailing Address:
PO Box 52809
Baton Rouge, LA 70892

About Domestic Violence

Abuse is a pattern of physical, sexual, economic and/or psychological violence used to get control and maintain control over an intimate partner. It is important to know that you do not deserve to be abused, nor are you responsible for the abuse. Below are some examples of types of abuse that are common.

Physical Abuse

  • Pushing, hitting, choking, kicking, biting, cutting, burning, spitting
  • Holding you down or preventing you from leaving the room
  • Throwing objects at you
  • Threatening you with a weapon
  • Locking you in or out of the house
  • Abandoning you in dangerous places
  • Preventing you from getting sleep or waking you up out of sleep
  • Refusing help when you are sick, injured or pregnant
  • Endangering you by driving wildly or recklessly

Psychological Abuse

  • Ignoring your feelings
  • Making fun of your beliefs
  • Threatening to take your children
  • Manipulating you with lies
  • Degrading women as a group
  • Calling you names like bitch, slut, whore, or cunt
  • Telling you that you're stupid, dumb, fat, or ugly
  • Refusing to take you places
  • Isolating you from your friends and family
  • Constantly criticizing you and the way you do things
  • Making fun of your friends and family
  • Taking away your car keys or money
  • Threatening to leave you or making you leave
  • Threatening to hurt your family
  • Hurting your children when he was angry at you
  • Hurting your pets to get at you
  • Threatening to take your children if you leave

Economic Abuse

  • Refusing to give you money for food or clothing
  • Making you ask for money
  • Forcing you to hand over money that you earn
  • Making you spend all your own money while he doesn't spend his
  • Refusing to support your children
  • Not letting you have access to a checking account
  • Not letting you be involved in making decisions about money

Sexual Abuse

  • Treating you as a sex object
  • Assuming that you will have sex with any man
  • Criticizing the way you act during sex
  • Withholding sex and affection
  • Forcing you to have sex when you do not want to
  • Forcing you to have sex with other people
  • Forcing you to have sex after an argument or beating
  • Forcing you to have sex when you are pregnant or sick
  • Refusing to pay bills or take care of other basic needs until you have sex with him
  • Calling you a "whore" after sex
  • Insisting on unwanted or uncomfortable touching
  • Forcing you to have sex then telling you that you "wanted it"
  • Accusing you of having sex with other women
  • Telling and bragging about sex with other women
  • Checking your clothing for signs that you have had sex with someone
  • Assuming that you have to have sex with him because you are "his woman"