WHY IT MATTERS Domestic violence is prevalent in every community, and affects all people regardless of age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. Physical violence is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior as part of a much larger, systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and even death. The devastating consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime.
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PROGRAMS IN LOUISIANA
1st Congressional District
Metropolitan Center for Women and Children Jefferson (504) 837-5455
St. Bernard Battered Women’s Program Arabi (504) 277-3177
Safe Harbor Mandeville (985) 626-5740
The Haven Houma (985) 872-0757
2nd Congressional District
Iris Domestic Violence Center Baton Rouge (225) 389-3002
New Orleans Family Justice Center New Orleans (504) 866-9554
3rd Congressional District
Chez Hope Franklin (337) 828-4200
Faith House Lafayette (337) 267-9422
Jeff Davis CADA Jennings (337) 616-8418
Oasis: A Safe Haven Lake Charles (337) 436-4552
SNAP: Safety Net for Abused Persons New Iberia (337) 367-7627
4th Congressional District
June N. Jenkins Women’s Shelter DeRidder (337) 462-1452
5th Congressional District
Domestic Abuse Resistance Team Ruston (318) 513-9373
The Wellspring Alliance for Families Monroe (318) 651-9314
6th Congressional District
Southeast Advocates for Family Empowerment Hammond (985) 542-8384
If you need help: Call The National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) Or, online go to DomesticShelters.org
Witnessing violence between one’s parents or caretakers is the strongest factor of transmitting violent behavior from one generation to the next. View a video on how children learn to imitate domestic violence. Children who experience childhood trauma, including witnessing incidents of domestic violence, are at a greater risk of having serious adult health problems including tobacco use, substance abuse, obesity, cancer, heart disease, depression, and a higher risk for unintended pregnancy. 63% of all boys, age 11 – 20, who commit murder kill the man who is abusing their mother.
Safety Plan with your child.
Identify a list of trusted adults who can help:
· Neighbors · Friends · Family Members · Teachers · Coaches
Familiarize children with basic information:
· Make sure children know important phone numbers including their own phone number. · Help children memorize their home address.
Discuss techniques to stay safe:
· Go to their bedroom. · Teach your children an escape route out of the house and where to go for safety (neighbor, etc.). · Develop a signal (closing the blinds or flashing the porch light) or a code word for “help” or to let someone know “I’m scared.” · Make your child’s school or daycare provider aware if your Protection from Abuse order includes temporary custody. · Dial 911 if help is needed right now.
INSTRUCT YOUR CHILD TO NEVER GET IN THE MIDDLE OF A FIGHT EVEN IF THEY WANT TO HELP!