LCADV has joined the Purple Purse Challenge to compete for a $100,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation! Join our team to help us raise funds! Challenge begins September 28th.
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
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’s Domestic Violence Disaster Fund
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:
- evacuate survivors
- 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.
Available for download: 2016 Legislative Guide
This guide provides statistics and information on the Coalition’s 2016 legislative priorities.
A special domestic violence license plate is now available for all Louisiana residents!
To order your domestic violence license plate, follow the instructions below.
1. Go to the OMV website “order special plates” section: Domestic violence license plate
2. Type in your existing license plate number then press submit. You will go to a new page.
3. At the top of this page you will see the different types of plates. Choose “Organization/Service” and scroll down through the list to “LA Coalition Against Violence.”
4. In the lower left side of this page press the link “Ordering Details.” You will go to a new page.
5. In the lower left side of this page press the link “Order Form.”
6. Print the form, fill it out, include your check or money order, a copy of your current registration and proof of insurance. Mail it in.
7. If for some reason you cannot complete the process online, you will see a contact number for the OMV on their website. Call them and they will walk you through the process.
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:
P.O. Box 77308
Baton Rouge, LA 70879
firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Understanding and Interpreting Children’s Art
LCADV is pleased to announce a half day training for professionals working with children in crisis. Understanding and Interpreting Children’s Art will address:
– Purpose and process of children’s art in crisis services
– Developmental milestones in children’s art
– Components of children’s art and their relationship to child well being
– Guidelines for children’s art interpretation
– Applying children’s art to case plan development
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Registration begins at 8:45
American Cancer Society
2605 River Rd.
New Orleans, LA 70121
Registration Fee: $40
Group discounts are available for groups of 5 or more. Please contact us to inquire.
Who Should Attend: Social Workers, Child Welfare Professionals, Domestic Violence Advocates, Anyone working with children in a crisis setting
This program has been approved for 3 general hours of social work CEUs.
Northeast Louisiana Sees Major Reduction in Domestic Homicides
Baton Rouge, LA – October 29, 2015 – On Thursday, the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV) announced that Northeast Louisiana has achieved what appears to be a significant and longstanding reduction in domestic homicides.
LCADV tracks domestic homicide data for the state of Louisiana and conducts regular analysis of trends in the state. They release information yearly in October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Their review of recent data shows that Northeast Louisiana has seen a drop of roughly 70% in domestic homicides since 2011, and that drop has remained consistent for four years now.
LCADV Executive Director Beth Meeks calls this a significant breakthrough. “We are seeing data here that is not temporary or accidental. This represents the first time in almost 20 years of tracking that we can identify progress in Louisiana on reducing domestic homicides. It is an understatement to call it impressive. ”
LCADV has tracked domestic homicide data since 1997. The Northeast Louisiana (NELA) region is defined as the 12 parishes served by The Wellspring, the domestic violence service provider in Northeast Louisiana. These parishes include: Caldwell, Catahoula, Concordia, East and West Carroll, Franklin, La Salle, Madison, Morehouse, Ouachita, Richland and Tensas.
In the years 1997-2011 NELA averaged slightly more than six domestic violence homicides per year. After 2011, the average fell to two deaths per year, a roughly 70% drop. The currently estimated national rate of femicide, as determined by the Violence Policy Center in its yearly report is 1.09 per 100,000. The most recent rate for Louisiana is 1.99 per 100,000. The current NELA rate is .63 per 100,000, about 40% lower than the national average and more than 60% lower than the Louisiana rate.
LCADV notes that this region has never before had four consecutive years that posted three or fewer domestic violence homicides, and this reduction was not observed in other regions in the state.
The drop in homicides coincides with procedural and programming changes that were implemented in 2011. Meeks credits a solid coordinated community response, led by The Wellspring, for successfully creating systemic changes that made this progress possible. “Starting in 2011, the entire criminal justice system here put in place processes and interventions that have been known to reduce domestic violence homicides. Obviously those choices are paying off.” As an example, she says, they used specialized prosecutors and an accelerated docket for domestic violence cases. They increased the number of victimless prosecutions, put batterers on probation, used batterer intervention programs, eliminated pre-set bonds for domestic violence offenders, meaning they usually see a Judge before being released, and implemented supervised visitation programming.
Meeks believes these sorts of changes can be replicated throughout Louisiana but cautions that they are not effective unless implemented within specific parameters. “You can’t just call it batterers’ intervention or supervised visitation, it has to follow certain specific practices and methods to be effective. But Northeast Louisiana has proven that it can be done, and most importantly it can be done in Louisiana. There is no excuse for continued domestic homicides at this rate. We know how to solve this.” Meeks says many jurisdictions throughout Louisiana have been sharing information in an attempt to learn how best to reduce domestic violence and she is confident that they will look to this section of the state for guidance. “There are absolutely lots of communities; law enforcement, advocates, judges, and prosecutors, who have been working in partnership to try to understand and reduce domestic homicides. I am confident many of them will look to their colleagues in this section of the state for advice on how to advance their own work. ” said Meeks.
The announcement comes as the Family Justice Center of Ouachita Parish, an organization piloted by The Wellspring which brought the coordinated community response together, celebrates its 10 year anniversary.
For additional information on domestic violence, and to learn ways to get involved, visit www.lcadv.org.
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The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV) is a state wide 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.
LCADV is pleased to announce the second statewide Assemblage of Batterer Intervention Program Providers.
This meeting gives providers a chance to network with other providers around the state, hear about new legislation affecting batterer programs and learn about future training and partnership opportunities.
This meeting is free of charge and open to all professionals providing batterer intervention programming in Louisiana.
Meeting logistics are as follows:
Monday, October 5, 2015
Jones Creek Regional Branch Library
6222 Jones Creek Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70817
Meeting Room #3
Please contact us to RSVP.