Domestic Violence is

  • is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systematic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another. It includes physical violence, sexual violence, threats, and emotional/psychological abuse. The frequency and severity of domestic violence varies dramatically. However, the constant component of domestic violence is one partner's consistent efforts to maintain power and control over the other. 
  • is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. It is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior that is only a fraction of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. 
  • can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in several cases, even death. The devastating physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and last a lifetime. 
  • is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Some signs of an abusive relationship include:

  1. Exerting strict control (financial, social and/or appearance).
  2. Needing constant contact including excessive texts and calls.
  3. Emotional abuse including insulting a partner in front of other people.
  4. Extreme jealousy.
  5. Showing fear around a partner.
  6. Isolation from family and friends.
  7. Frequent canceling of plans at the last minute.
  8. Unexplained injuries or explanations that don't quite add up.

  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.   

Domestic Violence in Louisiana


  • In 2010, Louisiana ranked 4th in the nation for femicide; 2/3 of these murders were  committed using guns. 
  • 81% of female homicides in Louisiana are committed by a partner or ex-partner. 
  • There has been at least one domestic homicide in every parish in Louisiana. 
  • Over 5,000 adult women per year living in Louisiana will experience domestic violence. 


  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men in the United States have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. 
  • On a typical day, domestic violence hotlines receive approximately 21,000 calls, an average of close to 15 calls every minute. 
  • Intimate partner violence accounts for 15% of all violent crime. 
  • The presence of a gun in the home during a domestic violence incident increases the risk of homicide by at least 500%. 
  • 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these crimes are female. 



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

Effect on Children

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.