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February, 2017

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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

Statistics


Domestic Violence Statistics

  • According to the FBI, a woman is battered every 15 seconds.
  • Louisiana ranks 2nd in the nation for homicides related to domestic abuse.
  • 2-4 million American women are abused each year.
  • White, Black, Hispanic & Non-Hispanic women have equivalent rates of violence committed by intimate partners.
  • Nearly 1/2 of men who abuse their female partners, also abuse their children.
  • Up to 50% of homeless women and children in this country are fleeing domestic violence.
  • Studies show that women face the greatest risk of assault when they leave or threaten to leave their partners, or report the abuse to authorities.

 

Remember My Name

List of Names for Victims Nationally

 

 

 

Additional Statistics

National

  • Every 9 seconds a woman is battered in the United States.
    AMA, 1998, Georgia Department of Human Resources, 1999
  • Nearly 5.3 million intimate partner victimization occur each year among U.S. women ages 18 and older. This violence results in nearly 2 million injuries and nearly 1,300 deaths.
    Center for Disease Control, 2003
  • Conservatively, each year 1 million women suffer nonfatal violence by an intimate.
    Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report: Violence Against Women: Estimates from the Redesigned Survey (NCJ-154348), August 1995, p.3.
  • Other estimates include 4 million women in the U.S. are battered each year.
    American Psychl. Ass'n Violence and the Family: Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family (1996), p.10.
  • Nearly 1 in 3 women experience domestic violence in their lifetime.
    American Psychl. Ass'n Violence and the Family: Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family (1996), p.10.
  • Ninety to ninety-five percent of domestic violence victims are women.
    A Report of the Violence against Women Research Strategic Planning Workshop sponsored by the National Institute of Justice in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 1995.
  • As many as 324,000 women each year experience intimate partner violence during their pregnancy.
    Gazmarairian et al, 2000
  • Estimates range from 960,000 incidents of violence against a current or former intimate, to 3.9 million women who are physically abused by their husbands or live-in partners per year.
    U.S. Department of Justice, Violence by Intimates: Analysis of Data on Crimes by Current or Former Spouses, March 1998: The Commonwealth Fund, First Comprehensive National Survey of American Women, July, 1993.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice reported that 37 percent of all women who sought care in hospital emergency rooms for violence-related injuries were injured by a current or former spouse, boyfriend, or girlfriend.
    Department of Justice, August 1997. Violence related Injuries Treated in Hospital Emergency Departments. Michael R. Rand. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
  • About four in ten female victims of intimate partner violence lived in households with children under age 12.
    Reprinted and adapted from 'News Flash' (http://www.fvpf.org/newsflash), an online newsletter of the Family Violence Prevention Fund.
  • Forty percent of teenage girls age 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.
    Children Now / Kaiser Permanente Poll, December 1995.
  • Studies of the Surgeon General's office reveal that domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women between the ages of 15 and 44, more common than automobile accidents, muggings, and cancer deaths combined. Other research has found that half of all women will experience some form of violence from their partners during marriage, and that more than one-third are battered repeatedly every year.
    Journal of American Medical Association, 1990
  • ...having a verbally abusive partner is a variable "most likely" to predict that a woman would be victimized by an intimate partner. These findings support the theory that violence perpetrated against women by intimates is often part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control.
    Extent, Nature, and Consequences of Intimate Partner Violence. Reprinted and adapted from 'News Flash'(http://www.fvpf.org/newsflash), an online newsletter of the Family Violence Prevention Fund.
  • Young women between the ages of 16-24 in dating relationships experience the highest rate of domestic violence and sexual assault.
    Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report: Intimate Partner Violence. May, 2000
  • An average of 28 percent of high school and college students experience dating violence at some point.
    Brustin, S., Legal Response to Teen Dating Violence, Family Law Quarterly, vol. 29, no.2,331 (Summer 1995) (citing Levy, In Love & In Danger: a teen's guide to breaking free of an abusive relationship, 1993)
  • Twenty-six percent of pregnant teens reported being physically abused by their boyfriends - about half of them said the battering began or intensified after he learned of her pregnancy.
    Brustin, S., Legal Response to Teen Dating Violence, Family Law Quarterly, vol. 29, no.2, 333-334 (Summer 1995) (citing Worcester, A More Hidden Crime: Adolescent Battered Women, The Network ../news, July / Aug., National women's Health Network 1993)
  • In the United States, researchers estimate the 40 percent to 70 percent of female murder victims were killed by their husbands or boyfriends, frequently in the context of an ongoing abusive relationship.
    Bailey et al., 1997
  • Fifty-seven percent of homeless families identified domestic violence as a primary cause of homelessness.
    The United States Conference of Mayors, A Status Report on Hunger and Homelessness in America's Cities: 1999, December 1999, p94.

 

 

Children

  • Each year, an estimated 3.3 million children are exposed to violence by family members against their mothers or female caretakers.
    American Psychl. Ass'n, Violence and the Family: Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family (1996), p. 11
  • Boys who witness domestic violence in their own home are three times more likely to become batterers.
    Straus, M.A., Gelles, R.J. & Steinmetz, S. Behind Closed Doors. Doubleday, Anchor, 1980.
  • In homes where partner abuse occurs, children are 1,500 times more likely to be abused.
    Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Family Violence: Interventions for the Justice System, 1993
  • Forty to sixty percent of men who abuse women also abuse children.
    American Psychl. Ass'n, Violence and the Family: Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family (1996), p. 80
  • Fathers who batter mothers are two times more likely to seek sole physical custody of their children than are nonviolent fathers.
    American Psychl. Ass'n, Violence and the Family: Report of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force on Violence and the Family (1996), p. 40

 

 

Youth Dating Violence

  • One in three teenagers report knowing a friend or peer who has been hit, punched, kicked, slapped, choked or physically hurt by their partner.
    Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.
  • Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend had threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup.
    Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.
  • Thirteen percent of teenage girls who said they have been in a relationship report being physically hurt or hit.
    Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.
  • One in Four teenage girls who have been in relationships reveal they have been pressured to perform oral sex or engage in intercourse.
    Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.
  • More than 1 in 4 teenage girls in a relationship (26 percent) report enduring repeated verbal abuse.
    Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.
  • Eighty percent of teens regard verbal abuse as a "serious issue" for their age group.          
    Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.
  • If trapped in an abusive relationship, 73 percent of teens said they would turn to a friend for help; but only 33 percent who have been in or known about an abusive relationship said they have told anyone about it.
    Liz Claiborne Inc. study on teen dating abuse conducted by Teenage Research Unlimited, February 2005.
  • Twenty-four percent of 14-to 17-year-olds know at least one student who has been the victim of dating violence, yet 81 percent of parents either believe teen dating violence is not an issue or admit they don't know if it is an issue.
    Survey commissioned by the Empower Program, sponsored by Liz Claiborne Inc. and conducted by Knowledge Networks, Social Control, Verbal Abuse, and Violence Among Teenagers, December 2000
  • Less than 25 percent of teens say they have discussed dating violence with their parents.  
    Liz Claiborne Inc. study of teens 13-17 conducted by Applied Research and Consulting LLC, Spring 2000
  • Eighty-nine percent of teens between the ages of 13 and 18 say they have been in dating relationships; forty percent of teenage girls age 14 to 17 report knowing someone their age who has been hit or beaten by a boyfriend.
    Children Now/Kaiser Permanente poll, December 1995
  • Nearly 80 percent of girls who have been physically abused in their intimate relationships continue to date their abuser.
    City of New York, Teen Relationship Abuse Fact Sheet, March 1998
  • Of the women between the ages 15-19 murdered each year, 30 percent are killed by their husband or boyfriend.
    City of New York, Teen Relationship Abuse Fact Sheet, March 1998

 

 

In The Workplace

  • Domestic violence causes American employees to miss 175,000 workdays per year.
  •   Abusive husbands harass 74 percent of employed battered women at work, either in person or over the telephone. The costs of intimate partner violence against women exceed an estimated $5.8 billion.
  • These costs include nearly $4.1 billion in direct costs of medical and mental health care and nearly $1.8 billion in the indirect costs of lost productivity.
    Center for Disease Control, 2003