The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence announced this morning that effective December 31, 2016 Beth Meeks will be resigning her position as Executive Director after more than 7 years in that role.
Meeks has accepted a position with the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) in Washington DC. NNEDV supports domestic violence coalitions and service providers in all 56 states and territories through resource development, public policy work, technical assistance and training. It also acts as the national voice on behalf of the domestic violence community to elected leaders at the federal level.
LCADV Board President, Kathy Williams, announced that Mariah Wineski, Director of Public Affairs and Ally Engagement, who has been with the organization for 4 years, will be serving as Interim Director while a search committee locates a permanent Executive Director.
‘Mariah is very familiar with agency staff and programs. She has a long history with the organization and is respected both inside and out. We are confident that she will provide the stability and leadership we need during our search.’, said Williams.
Williams, who will oversee the search process, thinks the leadership role at LCADV provides an exciting opportunity. ‘We have accomplished a lot. We have had many historic public policy victories, achieved significant improvements in service quality throughout the state and we have recently expanded the coalition staff. We have a really strong staff and board who operate well as a team. It will be a great experience for the right candidate.’
‘I have learned much, been cared for and seen many positive changes and much growth in the people and community around me.’ said Meeks. ‘It is very hard to leave. This agency and this state mean so much to me.’
LCADV has teamed up with The Allstate Foundation for the 2016 Purple Purse Challenge! This challenge highlights our efforts to end financial abuse and promote economic empowerment for domestic violence survivors, helping them become #freetowalk!
Show your support for survivors of domestic violence with your own purple purse tassel! At only $5 plus shipping, they make a great gift as well! Order yours at http://lcadv.org/purple-purse-tassel/
Baton Rouge, LA – The Washington D.C. based Violence Policy Center has issued its yearly report on female murder victims, and it paints a grim picture for Louisiana. The report, When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of Homicide Data, reviews female victims killed by male offenders in single victim/single offender incidents and ranks all states from highest rates to lowest. The 2016 report, which analyzed homicides committed in 2014, was released yesterday. Louisiana ranks 2nd in the nation, up from 4th the year before.
The report does not count multiple death incidents or incidents where the perpetrator and victim are the same gender. The report reveals that nationwide more than 1,600 women were murdered by men in 2014, and the most common weapon used was a gun. 93% of women killed by men were murdered by someone they knew.
The Violence Policy Center has published When Men Murder Women annually for 19 years. During that period, nationwide the rate of women murdered by men in single victim/single offender incidents has dropped 31% — from 1.57 per 100,000 in 1996 to 1.08 per 100,000 in 2014.
However, a review of the report reveals that Louisiana has failed to make the progress seen in the rest of the nation. The rate in Louisiana remains 2.15 per 100,000, double the national average, and 37% higher than the national average was 19 years ago when the reporting began. The full report can be seen at www.vpc.org.
Despite the somber report, advocates are optimistic that recent legislative changes will improve these statistics in future years. In August of 2014, new laws went into effect in Louisiana that restricted firearm access for domestic abusers. “Unfortunately these new laws were not in effect for the first seven months of 2014,” said Beth Meeks, executive director of Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “We know that with proper implementation, these laws will have an impact on our homicide rate in Louisiana.”
Meeks says there are a number of complicated factors that contribute to the problem in Louisiana, including a lack of services for victims. “We have a significant lack of safety resources for domestic violence survivors in Louisiana. We have large areas with little or no advocacy services and too few shelter beds. Programs are doing the best they can, but without additional funding there just aren’t enough services for persons seeking immediate safety.”
The release of this report coincides with Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which is held throughout the nation in October. Domestic Violence Programs throughout the state are commemorating this month with a wide variety of activities including Take Back the Night marches, candlelight vigils and luncheons. For additional information on domestic violence, or for a list of Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities in your area visit www.lcadv.org.
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The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV) is a statewide network of battered women’s programs, other organizations and individuals who share the goal of ending violence against women and children in Louisiana. LCADV empowers its members through advocacy, education, resource development and technical assistance.
Coalition and partner agencies to offer law enforcement training in October
LCADV is pleased to partner with Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and Metropolitan Center for Women and Children to provide an in-depth training for law enforcement on advanced topics in domestic violence response.
Four Sessions Available:
– October 20th, 8:00-12:00
– October 20th, 12:30-4:30
– October 21st, 8:00-12:00
– October 21st, 12:30-4:30
Location: Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Training Academy 1801 Westbank Expressway Harvey, LA 70058
Domestic violence calls are some of the most dangerous calls an officer can respond to. Effective intervention in domestic violence situations can reduce future risk for both the victim and the responding officer. This four hour training addresses two crucial factors in domestic violence investigation: strangulation and predominant aggressor determination.
Training Topics Include:
Identifying strangulation in domestic violence cases
Prevalence and effects of strangulation
Effective documentation of strangulation
Strangulation-related statutes in Louisiana
Advanced domestic violence dynamics
Predominant aggressor determination
Identifying self-defense in domestic violence
Documentation of predominant aggressor factors
This training is intended specifically for law enforcement personnel.
Louisiana is no stranger to natural disaster. Each year, the Gulf Coast faces threats of damaging hurricanes, flooding, and tornadoes. Families living in shelter are among the most vulnerable in a natural disaster. Louisiana’s domestic violence shelters are dedicated to keeping survivors safe. When a disaster hits, they do what is necessary to continue providing lifesaving services to survivors of domestic violence.
LCADV’s Domestic Violence Disaster Fund is a dedicated fund that helps Louisiana’s domestic violence shelters keep survivors safe in the face of a natural disaster.
When disaster strikes, the Disaster Fund helps shelters:
replace lost food and supplies
make emergency building repairs
cover other necessary disaster-related expenses
You can help domestic violence survivors weather the storm in safety. Please donate today.
Tax season is rapidly approaching. Two out of every three tax filers will likely receive a refund. You can put that money to good use by making a tax refund donation to LCADV!
As you file your Louisiana state taxes this year, you can donate all or some of your tax refund to the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence by selecting LCADV right on your tax return.
Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence is dedicated to bringing about change in our institutions, laws, politics, attitudes, and beliefs which will allow individuals to live free of violence. Our work depends on the generosity of people like you.
Your tax refund can power the movement to end domestic violence. So this year, use your tax refund for good.
Notice is hereby given of the availability of federal funds through the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW), housed in the U.S. Department of Justice, OJP.
The Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement (LCLE) administers and allocates these funds through the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence.
The total amount available to the domestic violence programs is $256,773.
If interested in this competitive opportunity:
Complete Notice of Funding Opportunity, application materials and instructions for
submitting proposals may be obtained from the LCLE website (www.lcle.la.gov).
For questions and additional information contact:
Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
P.O. Box 77308
Baton Rouge, LA 70879
The deadline for submitting is: December 23, 2015
Proposals will be considered for approval at the March meeting.
Representatives of agencies under consideration will be required to attend this meeting in order to receive funding.