Family Violence Prevention
and Intervention Program
The program provides direct support to 17 community-based shelters in Louisiana, which provide emergency shelter, crisis intervention, advocacy, counseling, support, resources and direct services to individualswho are victims of family violence. These shelters serve approximately 18,000 family violence survivors each year.
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About Family Violence Prevention and Intervention
What is Family Violence?
Domestic violence, sexual violence and dating violence are the major kinds of violence involving women and children.
What is domestic violence?
Domestic violence is a pattern of behavior that the abuser uses to establish or maintain power and control over a person. This can include physical, sexual, emotional or economic abuse.
Physical abuse includes hitting, kicking, hair pulling, shoving, biting, pinching or slapping. Sexual abuse includes forced sex, painful sex, not taking "no" for an answer or forcing a person to do sexual things against his or her will. Emotional abuse can include name calling, screaming and yelling, saying mean things, put-downs, making fun of or ignoring a person or treating the person like a child. Economic abuse includes hiding money and resources, making a person account for every penny, failing to help with household expenses or spending family income in irresponsible ways.
What is sexual violence?
Sexual abuse includes rape, incest, unwanted touching, indecent exposure, fondling, child sexual abuse, forced sex, forced prostitution, forced participation in or viewing of pornography or forcing a person to do anything sexual against his or her will.
Sexual abuse does not always result in bruising or injuries. Abusers do not always use physical force or weapons but still manage to overpower or manipulate. Individuals and children who are sexually assaulted or abused are often confused about what happened to them.
What is dating violence?
Dating violence is any intentional sexual, physical or psychological attack on one partner by the other in a dating relationship. Dating violence can happen to anyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, age or socio-economic status.
Dating violence includes pressuring a partner to continue to prove his or her love, sometimes in illegal ways, such as stealing; warning a partner to stay away from others; extreme jealousy or possessiveness of a partner; pressuring a partner for sex or similar acts; or pressuring a partner to use drugs or alcohol. Dating violence also includes minimizing a partner's feelings and rights; criticizing a partner's looks; making a partner feel like if they leave they will be alone; intimidation; belittling; physical violence, such as hitting, scratching or bruising; or stalking, calling constantly or texting to check on a partner.
The signs of dating violence include unexplained bruises, scratches or injuries; fear of one's partner; a partner's controlling or jealous behavior; isolation from friends and family because of a partner's jealousy or pressure; verbal or emotional abuse; constant criticism or public humiliation; or unwillingness to talk about abuse.
What is stalking?
Stalking is a pattern of unwanted attention. Stalking includes unwanted, threatening or harassing e-mails, text messages, letters, gifts or phone-calls; vandalized property; being followed, unwanted notes left at home, at work or on a person's car; uninvited visits to a person's home or job, unwarranted contact with the a person's friends or family for information about the person. Stalking can include physical or sexual abuse.
What to do if you or someone you know is a victim of family or dating violence:
Get help. Talk to someone trustworthy, call a friend for support or call the domestic violence hotline at 1-800-411-1333.
Get medical attention. Seek medical help as quickly as possible for injuries, evidence, sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy. Call 911 if violence results in bleeding, pain or serious injuries. If you've been strangled or hit on the head, seek medical attention right away.
Get to safety. It is important to get to safety as soon as possible. Safety can be found at a family violence shelter, the house of a friend or relative that the abuser does not know or by calling 911.
The domestic violence statewide hotline, 1-888-411-1333, offers confidential, 24-hour assistance for individuals who want to talk or want more information. Help also is offered for individuals who are worried about a friend, co-worker, relative or neighbor and want information about how they can safely offer help.
Program Contact Information
Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services
Crisis Intervention Section
Family Violence Prevention & Intervention Program
627 N. Fourth Street
P.O. Box 94065
Baton Rouge, La. 70821
Fax: (225) 342-2536
Program funding includes state general funds, and funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Family Violence Prevention Services Act, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and marriage license fees and civil fees.
- Office on Women's Policy
- Louisiana Legislative Women's Caucus
- Louisiana Women's Foundation
- Louisiana Women's Policy and Research Commission