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Break the Silence on 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 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.

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

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
  • use of force during argument

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.

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.