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Recent News


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

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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

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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

Is Someone You Know Being Abused?


You may have a friend, relative, or neighbor who is being abused. You may have witnessed the violence, heard it, seen physical signs of it, or merely suspected it for various reasons.  What should you do?

 

Ask direct questions, gently.  Give her ample opportunity to talk.  Don’t run into providing solutions.

 

Listen- without judging.  Abused women often believe their abusers’ negative messages.  They feel responsible, ashamed, inadequate, and are afraid they will be judged.

 

Let her know that you support and care about her, that she’s not responsible for the violence, that only the abuser can stop the violence.

 

Explain that physical violence in a relationship is never acceptable, at any time.  There is no excuse for it- not alcohol or drugs, not financial pressures, not depression, not jealousy.

 

Make sure she knows that she’s not alone- that millions of American women from every ethnic, racial, and economic group suffer from abuse, and that many women find it difficult to leave.

 

Also explain that domestic violence is a crime- as much of a crime as robbery or rape- and that she can seek protection through the justice system.

 

If she has children, reinforce her concern for them, letting her know that this is damaging to children.  In fact, you may want to reach out to support her children, and let them know you’re there for them too.

 

Let her know that it is likely that, in spite of his promises, the violence will continue, and probably, escalate.

 

Emphasize that when she is ready, she can make a choice to leave the relationship, and that there is help available.

 

Provide her with information about local resources- the phone number of the local domestic violence hotline, support groups, counseling, shelter programs, and legal advocacy services.

 

She may need financial assistance, or help finding a place to live, or a place to store her belongings.  She may need assistance to escape.  Decide if you feel comfortable helping out in these ways.

 

If she is planning to leave, remind her to take important papers with her, such as birth certificates, passports, health insurance documents, etc.

 

If she remains in the relationship, continue to be her friend while at the same time firmly communicating to her that she and her children do not deserve to be in this violent situation.

 

If you see or hear an assault in progress, call the police.   Because these assaults are often dangerous, do not physically intervene.

 

Contact your local domestic violence or program for advice or guidance.