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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.

It includes physical violence, sexual violence, psychological violence, and emotional abuse.

Anyone from all demographics 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 any force during argument.

Not all abuse involves physical violence or threat; 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
  • 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.
Domestic Violence doesn't stay at home.  It goes to school.  It goes to the grocery store.  It goes to work.

Domestic violence is a workplace issue.  It affects the workplace in terms of bottom-line economics, increased medical expenses, absenteeism, increased risk of violence at work, productivity, and employee safety and well-being.

Domestic violence is an important business issue that cannot be ignored.  The workplace is where many people facing domestic violence spend at least eight hours a day.  It's an ideal place for them to get help and support. 
  • Between 30,000 and 40,000 incidents of on-the-job violence every year involve cases in which victims know their attackers intimately.  (Bureau of Justice Statistics at the US Department of Justice).
  • Domestic violence costs employers as much as $5 billion a year in lost days of work and reduced productivity. ( Bureau of National Affairs).
  • 71% of human resources and security personnel surveyed had an incident of domestic violence occurring on company property. (Issac, Nancy E., Sc. D., Corporate Sector Response to Domestic Violence, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University School of Public Health, 997)
  • 94% of corporate security directors rank domestic violence as a high security problem at their company. (Solomon, Charlene Marmer, "Talking Frankly about Domestic Violence," Personnel Journal, April 1995)
  • Guns and domestic violence combine to make a lethal combination, injuring and killing women every day. A gun is the most commonly used weapon in domestic homicide. In 1998, more than four times as many women were murdered with a gun by their husbands or intimate partners than were killed by strangers' guns, knives or other weapons combined. (Violence Policy Center; When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 1998 Homicide Data: Females Murdered by Males in Single Victim/Single Offender Incidents; 2000).
  • Nearly one-third of all women murdered in the United States in 1998 were killed by a current or former intimate partner. Guns were used in almost two-thirds of these domestic homicides. (U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics; Homicide Trends in the U.S. ,Intimate Partner Homicide; 2001)
  • In 1998, 808 women were shot and killed by their husbands or intimate acquaintances. (U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics; Homicide Trends in the U.S., Intimate Partner Homicide; 2001)
  • The presence of a gun dramatically increases the chance that a domestic violence incident will end in murder. One study found that, in Atlanta, family and intimate assault involving guns were 12 times more likely to result in death than family and intimate assaults not involving guns. (L. Saltzman,; Weapon Involvement and Injury Outcomes in Family and Intimate Assaults; 1992)
  • In 1998, for every time a woman used a handgun to kill an intimate partner in self-defense, 83 women were murdered by an intimate partner with a handgun. (Violence Policy Center; When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of 1998 Homicide Data: Females Murdered by Males in Single Victim/Single Offender Incidents; 2000)
  • Domestic violence misdemeanor convictions and restraining orders were the second most common reason for denials of handgun purchase applications. (U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics; A National Estimate: Presale Handgun Checks, the Brady Interim Period, 1994-98; 1999)
It is crucial that domestic abuse be seen as a serious, recognizable, and preventable problem, like thousands of other workplace health and safety issues that affect a business bottom line.