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Break the Silence on Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse victimizes all aspects of our society. Not only do our immediate victims suffer; but so do our children, our schools, our health facilities, our court systems, and our communities.

Help stop domestic violence by taking a stand. Together, we can make Louisiana a safer place.

To find out where the nearest shelter or domestic violence program is near you or your company, please contact the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

If you are in a dangerous situation and need resources or someone to talk to, call the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence's 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-888-411-1333.

If you need immediate help, dial 911.

Domestic violence is a pattern of behaviors used by one partner to maintain power and control over another partner in an intimate relationship through physical, sexual, psychological, or emotional abuse and/or economic coercion.

Anyone from any demographic can be a victim – or perpetrator – of domestic violence.

Some signs of an abusive relationship can include: jealousy, controlling behavior, quick involvement, unrealistic expectations, isolation, blames others for problems, blames others for feelings, dual personality, past battering, hypersensitivity, cruelty to animals or children, verbal abuse, threats of violence, and use of force during argument.

Not all abuse involves physical violence or threats; emotional abuse can also leave deep and lasting scars.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please get help. No one deserves to be abused.

Domestic violence victims have rights!

  • The right to refuse to be interviewed by the accused or a representative of the accused.
  • The right to review and comment upon the pre-sentence report prior to imposition of sentencing.
  • The right to seek restitution.
  • The right to reasonably prompt conclusion to the case.
  • The right to be present and heard during all critical stages of pre-conviction and post-conviction proceedings.
  • The right to be informed upon the release from custody or the escape of the accused or the offender.
  • The right to confer with the prosecution prior to final disposition of the case.

As a victim or designated family member of a victim, you may have the right of notification of certain proceedings in the criminal justice system that may affect you. For this notification - you must file a Victim Notice and Registration Form with the arresting law enforcement agency, the clerk of court, or the prosecuting agency that has jurisdiction over the case. By registering as a crime victim, you are also entitled to give a Victim Impact Statement.

For you to have these Statutory Rights - the defendant must be charged with any homicide, felony crime of violence, vehicular negligent injuring, first-degree vehicular negligent injuring, sexual offense, or an attempt thereof.
  • In the United States, an average of 20 people experience intimate partner physical violence every minute. This equates to more than 10 million abuse victims annually.
  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have experienced some sort of physical violence by a partner by an intimate partner. This includes a range of behaviors that might not be considered "domestic violence."
  • Louisiana is second in the United States in female victims killed by men in single victim/single offender incidents, and Louisiana’s rate of women killed by men has been steadily increasing for the past five years.
  • An abuser's access to a firearm increases the risk of intimate partner femicide by 400%.
  • 72% of all murder-suicides involve an intimate partner; 94% of the victims of these murder-suicides are female.
  • Women abused by their intimate partners are more vulnerable to contracting HIV or other STI’s due to forced intercourse or prolonged exposure to stress.
  • Health effects linked to intimate partner violence include neurological disorders, chronic pain, disability, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Victims of domestic violence are also at higher risk for developing addictions to alcohol, tobacco, or drugs.