Capital Area 24 hour Crisis Line: (225) 389-3001 or 1 (800) 541-9706



September 11, 2014
The Advocate: Director resigns from domestic violence center in Baton Rouge 

September 9, 2014
WBRZ2: Domestic homicide on the rise in Louisiana 
The Advocate: Louisiana climbs in the death rate of women at the hands of men

August 18, 2014
The Advocate: EBR prosecutors take new tack in domestic violence prosecutions 

August 14, 2014
FOX44: Vigil highlights new laws against domestic violence
WBRZ2: Domestic violence court to help convicts in Baton Rouge
Dozens gather at Capitol for domestic violence vigil

August 12, 2014
WRKF 89.3: Baton Rouge hosts the Monument Quilt 

June 10, 2014
The Advocate: Officials call for more resources to stop domestic violence
NBC33: Local leaders join mother of murder victim to pledge to stop domestic violence 

June 9, 2014
WAFB9: Local leaders, victim advocates bring attention to domestic violence 

May 8, 2014
NBC33: Local judges consider domestic violence court

April 24, 2014
WAFB9: Local ministry group rolls out fundraiser for benefit of domestic violence center 

April 21, 2014
FOX44: Advocates say help is available for domestic violence victims 

April 19, 2014
WBRZ2: Family mourns loss during candlelight vigil 

April 18, 2014
The Advocate: BR Woodworkers Club donates desks to Iris 

April 2014
The Advocate: Slaying victim had warned about danger 

March 30, 2014
The Advocate: Women Chefs' Show Off 

March 28, 2014
The Advocate: Domestic violence topic for Newcomer's Encore 

October 15, 2013
 WAFB Editorial: Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October 14, 2013
The Advocate: "Take Back the Night raises abuse awareness" 


Contact Us

Iris-Center 24-Hour Domestic Violence Response Hotline:

Main Office:
(225) 389-3001

Mailing Address:
PO Box 52809
Baton Rouge, LA 70892

Welcome to Iris Domestic Violence Center




Iris Domestic Violence Center Starts National Search for Executive Director


The Board of Directors of the Iris Domestic Violence Center is embarking upon a national search seeking a new Executive Director.  The outgoing Executive Director, Judy Benitez, M.Ed., resigned to explore other opportunities.


“We are extremely grateful for Judy’s years of service to our agency, survivors, and the community in which we serve.  She has been an asset to the organization and we wish her well in her future endeavors,” said Danna LeBlanc, President of the Board of Directors.


During the search, Gail Gaiennie will serve as the Interim Executive Director.  Ms. Gaiennie is a Baton Rouge native and has spent the last fifteen years post-retirement serving multiple non-profits in the Capital Area.


Iris Domestic Violence Center currently serves Greater Baton Rouge, its’ surrounding parishes, and over 5,000 women and children a year.  It is the only domestic violence program recognized by the Department of Children and Family Services within these seven parishes:  East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville, Pointe Coupee, East and West Feliciana.  The agency currently provides a 24-Hour Domestic Violence Response Hotline, emergency shelter, counseling, advocacy, legal services, education and training and a wide range of support services to survivors of domestic violence and their children.   Our mission is to empower survivors, prevent relationship violence, and promote justice for victims of domestic and dating violence, their children, and our communities.

Iris Domestic Violence Center is a proud Capital Area United Way Community Partner, a Department of Children and Family Services agency, and a member agency of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.


Our mission is to empower survivors, prevent relationship violence, and promote justice for victims of domestic and dating violence, their children, and our communities. 


For more than 30 years, Iris Domestic Violence Center (formerly operating as CAFVIC/Battered Women's Program) has provided professional, compassionate, and empowering support to survivors of family violence and their children. All services are free and confidential. Services are offered to residential (in-shelter) as well as non-residential survivors. Iris Center serves the parishes of East Baton Rouge, Ascension, Iberville, West Baton Rouge, Pointe Coupee, West Feliciana, and East Feliciana.


If you need assistance, do not hesitate to call our 24 hour crisis line:

  (225) 389-3001 or 1 (800) 541-9706







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March 26, 2015
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