Second Date Added for Offender Interview Techniques Training

Due to popular demand, we will offer the training Inside the Mind of an Offender: Interview Techniques for Domestic Violence Cases a second time on March 28, 2014. The March 14th session is now full.

This half-day training that will take you inside the mind of a domestic violence offender and provide useful and effective interview techniques.
Domestic violence experts with decades of experience interacting with violent offenders will address:

  • Advanced domestic violence dynamics
  • Batterer tactics
  • Predominant aggressor determination
  • Investigative interview techniques
  • Crawford v. Washington implications
  • Technology use by batterers

For more information visit the registration page.

Use Your Tax Refund For Good


Tax season is fast approaching. Two out of every three tax filers will likely receive a refund. Why not 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 works to end domestic violence through education, public policy, and social change. Our success depends on the generosity of our supporters.

So this year, put your tax refund to work in the movement to end domestic violence.

Thank you for your support!

Stalking: Investigating the Crime, Supporting the Victim


Stalking: Investigating the Crime, Supporting the Victim A multi-disciplinary training presented by Iris Domestic Violence Center, Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the National Stalking Resource Center

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Date: Tuesday, January 7, 2014 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Louisiana State Police Training Academy
7901 Independence Blvd.
Baton Rouge, LA 70806

Cost: $30 per person or $50 per two-person team (one advocate and one law enforcement)

Who should attend: Law enforcement and victim advocates. This training is focused on coordinated community response. As such, we encourage participants to register as law enforcement/advocate teams.

Program description: Stalking–a dangerous and potentially lethal crime–is often misunderstood, minimized or missed entirely.  This training will address the crime of stalking: prevalence, dynamics, the use of technology to stalk, and the effect on victims. Focused sessions will be provided on the law enforcement response to stalking as well as the intersection of stalking with dating violence and sexual assault.  Participants will be provided with concrete strategies for working with stalking victims, including threat assessment and safety planning.

Social Work CEUs have been applied for.

About the Trainers:

Michelle M. Garcia has worked to end violence against women for over twenty years, and since 2006 has led the Stalking Resource Center (SRC) of the National Center for Victims of Crime in meeting its mission to enhance the ability of professionals, organizations, and systems to effectively respond to stalking. She coordinates all aspects of the SRC’s provision of training and technical assistance, material and resource development, and media relations. Ms. Garcia has provided training and assistance on various aspects of stalking to tens of thousands of professionals internationally. Prior to joining the SRC, Michelle was a Program Specialist with the U.S. Department of Justice Office for Victims of Crime. Previously, she had worked in community-based sexual assault and domestic violence programs as an administrator, advocate, crisis counselor, and an educator and trainer on topics, including sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and dismantling oppression. She is a former President of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Ms. Garcia currently serves on the Editorial Board of the Sexual Assault Report, the American Bar Association Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence, and the Advisory Board of School and College Organization for Prevention Educators (SCOPE). She received her Master of Public Policy degree from the University of Chicago.

Lt. Patrick Gipson is presently a Police Lieutenant and Community Education Officer at Southeastern Louisiana University Police Department, where he has held a number of positions since 1996, including police officer, field training officer, shift supervisor, community response team supervisor, police investigator, and Assistant Director of the Department. Lt. Gipson holds instructor certifications on many topics including Stalking; Sexual Assault; Dating and Domestic Violence; Rape Aggression Defense (RAD); and The Clery Act. He is a volunteer Rape Crisis Counselor for the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office Rape Crisis Center and has trained as a Suicide Intervention Specialist. Lt. Gipson is a member of the Board of Directors for Crime Stoppers of Tangipahoa and St Helena and sits on the community advisory board for the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office Rape Crisis Center. In 2003, Lt. Gipson was awarded the Sue Bernie Justice Award for ‘Victim Advocacy and Peer Education in the Field of Sexual Assault’ from the Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault. In 2013, he was awarded the Vice-President’s Award for Excellence in Service from the Southeastern Louisiana University Division for Student Affairs for his work educating college students on issues surrounding sexual assault, relationship violence, and stalking.

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Children Exposed to Violence: When Domestic Violence Meets Child Abuse

LCADV is pleased to announce a series of trainings for Child Welfare and Behavioral Health Professionals. These trainings will address the dynamics of domestic violence with a focus on identifying and screening for domestic violence. Topics will include the needs of children exposed to violence, screening techniques, risk and protective factors, and age-appropriate interventions.

To register for a child welfare training near you, visit

Child Welfare-CEV flyer

To register for a behavioral health training near you, visit

Behavioral Health-CEV flyer

Say Something T-Shirts Now On Sale!

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Help us spread the message of nonviolence, respect, and healthy relationships. Our Say Something T-Shirts are now on sale! These shirts feature the words “Speak Up. Speak Out. Say Something.” printed on a white cotton t-shirt. Available in sizes XS-XXL. Proceeds benefit LCADV and our work to end domestic violence through education, social change, and public policy.

They also make a great gift!

Order your shirts here!

Check out our full Say Something Campaign!

Domestic Violence Awareness Month Events from Across the State

Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Louisiana was a huge success! Advocates across the state participated in some incredible events, vigils, walks, balloon releases, banquets, and more to raise awareness of domestic violence.

Chez Hope Open House
Faith House "Women Helping Women" luncheon
The Haven
The Haven "Paint the Parish Purple"
The Haven "Paint the Parish Purple"
Iris Domestic Violence Center Open House
McNeese Women's Basketball Team at CADA's Taste and Tell
CADA Taste and Tell
Metropolitan Center for Women and Children Survivors' Dinner
Metropolitan Center for Women and Children Survivors' Dinner
New Orleans Family Justice Center
Oasis DV Awareness Walk
Oasis Annual Meeting
Taylor House DV Awareness Walk, Balloon Release, Vigil
Taylor House DV Awareness Walk, balloon release, and vigil
Taylor House DV Awareness Walk, balloon release, vigil
SAFE DV Awareness Event - St. Helena Parish
LCADV staff with Pastor Rene Brown
LCADV staff with former LSU basketball player Collis Temple
SNAP Breakfast with the Mayor
SNAP Breakfast with the Mayor
Family Justice Center of Ouachita Parish "Hope in the Light of Day"
Family Justice Center of Ouachita Parish "Hope in the Light of Day"
Family Justice Center of Ouachita Parish Butterfly Release