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

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SAVE THE DATE - SAVE THE DATE - SAVE THE DATE

Who: IRIS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CENTE

What:      TIARA LUNCHEONN

When: SEPTEMBER 27, 2019 

            11 A.M. - 1 P.M.

Where: BATON ROUGE HILTON 

Why:  We are celebrating the strength of women - wear your tiara and purple - come celebrate with us! 

All proceeds raised are tax deductible and will benefit Iris Domestic Violence Center.   

For information on sponsorships, please contact Sylvia S. Duke,  Development Committee Chair, at (225) 252-6850 or email her at TiaraLuncheon@yahoo.com 


March, 2019

Funding from Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation allows Iris to create a  Survivor Resource Lab to assist survivors on Pathway to Independence - Assists in creating real and viable options for victims of domestic abuse.  

Iris Domestic Violence Center has ushered off the new year with an ambitious project to assist survivors on the road to independence and self empowerment - the Iris Survivors Resource Lab.  

Survivors escaping an abuser often leave their homes with nothing more than the clothes on their back.  For many of these individuals, there simply wasn't enough time to organize and pack their personal belongings or gather important documents they will need to reestablish themselves at a new location. As a result, in the first few weeks after leaving, survivors often are required to recreate their "paper identity" in order to obtain a drivers license, state identification card, social security card or other documentation needed to go forward and apply for a job, rent a vehicle or lease housing.  Without a computer and access to the internet, this task can become overwhelming.  These challenges serve as obstacles to survivors that must be overcome if they are to truly escape their abuse and lead a life of independence.  The more challenges they face in reestablishing their lives, the more likely they are to return to their abuser.  Statistics show that a survivor leaves an abuser an average of seven times before finally breaking away from an abusive situation.  

With those sobering facts, the Iris Domestic Violence Center is creating a Survivor Rsource Lab to assist survivors address those challenges.  With partial funding provided by the Huey and Angelina Wilson Foundation, Iris is creating a Survivor Resource Lab consisting of a bank of computers and printers with internet access dedicated for survior's use.  

Providing survivors with a computer and internet resource lab will enable them to become self empowered on their road to independence by actively engaging in the process to forge their new life.   From the resource lab, survivors will be able to attend online school or job training seminars, prepare a resume, apply for a job, secure safe and affordale housing or locate transportation options and dependable child care - all from a safe and secure location.  

Many of the survivors we see have not only been the victim of physical and emotional abuse, but also financial abuse.  In order to live a life of independence, apart from their abuser, it is imperative that they find employment to earn a living wage and financially provide for their family.  

Many survivors have never worked or been out of the job market for a long time.  Job training and work development classes are often needed.  Learning data entry on the computer and internet protocols are also helpful for survivors.  Trained advocates or representatives of other agencies will be providing assistance and instruction on topics designed to help survivors meet this challenge.

Iris has obtained a commitment from Capital One Bank to provide financial literacy courses to survivors to assist them in understanding debt, the use of credit, and appropriate budgeting as they forge their new life iundependent from their abuser.   

The Survivor Resource Lab will provide domestic abuse survivors with the appropriate tools to allow them to fundamentally change their lives.  Out of a survivor's desire to live a life for themselves and their children, without abuse, the resource lab will help promote self empowerment by incorporating the survivor into the challenge of creating that life with the help and assistance of Iris.  

Providing survivors with a brief respite from their abusive situation and working on their behalf to identify and secure services which they need is clearly helpful to survivors.  It's what we do.  However, it is often disheartening when the survivor is either forced or chooses to return to their abuser because they were unable to sustain that life over a longer period of time when on their own.  The Iris Survior Resource Lab is intended to help improve the chances of a survivor breaking away from an abusive situation by providng real and viable options for a different type of life - born out of a survivor's courage and desire for self empowerment.  We'll keep you updated as this project goes forward. 

 

Trashica Robinson joins Administrative Team at Iris.

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Trashica Robinson, a marketing graduate of Southeastern, has joined the Iris administration team.  Keysha has four years experience as the associate director of SAFE, the domestic violence service center  in Hammond. She serves as the mayor of Tangipahoa Village and sits on the Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement board.  

 

 


 

 

Louisiana Domestic Violence Fatality List, 2016


 

 

 

 

The 22nd Annual IRIS CHEF SHOW OFF - CANCELLED as of 2/1/2017

This event has been cancelled and will be re-scheduled in 2018. 


WAFB Interview with Lynne Medley-Long announcing the 20th Annual Women's Chef Show Off, March 26th at the Belle of Baton Rouge Casino.

http://www.wafb.com/clip/11198437/community-women-chefs-show-off


Take the #50ShadesofGreen challenge and support   .

http://www.brstar.org/

 

    Week is March 8th - 14th!

I'll organize an activity or event, like an awareness event or local fundraiser!

I'd like to attend an event already going on in my area!


February 18, 2015

Stalked: 'I didn't feel like a whole woman, he took so much out of me'

http://www.wafb.com/story/28144495/stalked-i-didnt-feel-like-a-whole-woman-he-took-so-much-out-of-me


January 29, 2015

Public Service Announcent to play Super Bowl Sunday.

http://wvla.m0bl.net/r/22vetw


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 Crisis Hotline:
225-389-3001
1-800-541-9706 (toll free)

Main Office:
(225) 389-3002

Mailing Address:
PO Box 52809
Baton Rouge, LA 70892

About Domestic Violence


Abuse is a pattern of physical, sexual, economic and/or psychological violence used to get control and maintain control over an intimate partner. It is important to know that you do not deserve to be abused, nor are you responsible for the abuse. Below are some examples of types of abuse that are common.

Physical Abuse

  • Pushing, hitting, choking, kicking, biting, cutting, burning, spitting
  • Holding you down or preventing you from leaving the room
  • Throwing objects at you
  • Threatening you with a weapon
  • Locking you in or out of the house
  • Abandoning you in dangerous places
  • Preventing you from getting sleep or waking you up out of sleep
  • Refusing help when you are sick, injured or pregnant
  • Endangering you by driving wildly or recklessly

Psychological Abuse

  • Ignoring your feelings
  • Making fun of your beliefs
  • Threatening to take your children
  • Manipulating you with lies
  • Degrading women as a group
  • Calling you names like bitch, slut, whore, or cunt
  • Telling you that you're stupid, dumb, fat, or ugly
  • Refusing to take you places
  • Isolating you from your friends and family
  • Constantly criticizing you and the way you do things
  • Making fun of your friends and family
  • Taking away your car keys or money
  • Threatening to leave you or making you leave
  • Threatening to hurt your family
  • Hurting your children when he was angry at you
  • Hurting your pets to get at you
  • Threatening to take your children if you leave

Economic Abuse

  • Refusing to give you money for food or clothing
  • Making you ask for money
  • Forcing you to hand over money that you earn
  • Making you spend all your own money while he doesn't spend his
  • Refusing to support your children
  • Not letting you have access to a checking account
  • Not letting you be involved in making decisions about money

Sexual Abuse

  • Treating you as a sex object
  • Assuming that you will have sex with any man
  • Criticizing the way you act during sex
  • Withholding sex and affection
  • Forcing you to have sex when you do not want to
  • Forcing you to have sex with other people
  • Forcing you to have sex after an argument or beating
  • Forcing you to have sex when you are pregnant or sick
  • Refusing to pay bills or take care of other basic needs until you have sex with him
  • Calling you a "whore" after sex
  • Insisting on unwanted or uncomfortable touching
  • Forcing you to have sex then telling you that you "wanted it"
  • Accusing you of having sex with other women
  • Telling and bragging about sex with other women
  • Checking your clothing for signs that you have had sex with someone
  • Assuming that you have to have sex with him because you are "his woman"