Capital Area 24 hour Crisis Line: (225) 389-3001 or 1 (800) 541-9706


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

Our Philosophy

The Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center, Inc. is dedicated to the empowerment of battered women and their children and therefore is committed to the elimination of both personal and societal violence in the lives of women and their children.

Personal violence against women and children results from the use of force or threats to achieve and maintain control over others in intimate relationships.  Because battered women are in a situational crisis caused by repeated violence, our program offers women the opportunity to regain control over their lives through finding safety, emotional support, and advocacy.  We support the idea that women have the right and capability to make important decisions for themselves and that they have the right to establish a nonviolent living situation for themselves and their children.

Violence against women is also a result of societal abuses of power and control in the form of oppression based on differences, such as sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, anti-semitism, able-bodiedism, ageism, etc.  In addition to the societal endorsement for the personal violence against women and children, this abuse of power in the form of oppression fosters battering by perpetuating conditions which condone violence against women and children.  Prevention starts with people changing their attitudes toward violence and women.  Until society rejects its tolerance and acceptance of violence as a means of expressing anger and resolving conflicts, as well as gaining and maintaining coercive control over others, meaningful changes will not occur.  Therefore, it is the work of this program to effect the major societal changes necessary to eliminate both personal and societal violence against all women and their children.

No one deserves to be beaten or physically threatened, no matter what the excuse.  Society’s message to the abuser needs to be that, while it may be human to feel anger or experience conflict, it is inhumane to release those feelings by beating others.   Power and control over another are not the yardstick by which we judge successful men or relationships.   We are working toward a day when no segment ofour society will tolerate the use of violence against women and children.  No woman is safe until we all are.