Available for download: 2014 Legislative Guide – Domestic Violence Homicide in Louisiana
This guide discusses strategies for the reduction of domestic violence homicides in Louisiana.
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.
Save the Date! April 16, 2014 is LCADV and LAFASA’s Day at the Capitol. Stay tuned for more information!
Want a leadership role? Join the Capitol Crew.
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 A multi-disciplinary training presented by Iris Domestic Violence Center, Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, and the National Stalking Resource Center[button link="http://lcadv.org/2014-stalking-training-registration" color="#de9b03" size="4" style="1" dark="0" radius="auto" target="self"]Register Now[/button]
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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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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CEVCW
To register for a behavioral health training near you, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CEVBH
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!
Check out our full Say Something Campaign!
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.
Statewide Coalition Says Homicide Numbers are Even Worse Than They Appear
For Immediate Release: September 27, 2013
Contact for LCADV: Russell Bonewitz, (225) 752-1296
Baton Rouge, LA – Each October, across the nation people concerned with domestic violence devote the month of October to raising awareness of the issue. This year is no different as communities throughout the state take time out to bring light to a particularly troubling problem for Louisiana.
Louisiana consistently leads the nation in domestic homicides and has done so since 1997. According to the recently released Violence Policy Center report, When Men Murder Women, in 2011 Louisiana ranked 9th in the nation in the rate of women killed by men.
However, the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence tracks domestic homicides and says that number is slightly misleading and the reality is probably worse than the report reveals.
The VPC report does not focus on domestic violence fatalities. Rather, it focuses on female victims killed by male offenders in single victim/single offender incidents. The report does not count multiple death incidents, or incidents where the perpetrator and victim are the same gender. According to the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, this means a large number of deaths related to domestic homicide were not included in the 2011 analysis.
For the year 2011, the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project of the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, using multiple sources, identified 71 domestic violence fatalities as follows;
• Single female victim/single male offender: 39 incidents
• Single male victim/single female perpetrator: 10 incidents
• Single female victim/single female perpetrator: 1 incident
• Single male victim/single male perpetrator: 1 incident
• Multiple victims/single offender: 9 incidents resulting in 20 fatalities
The incidents listed above, as tracked by the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, accounted for an additional 21 incidents resulting in 32 deaths which were not included in the VPC report.
“This means in the year 2011 in Louisiana, there were 60 incidents resulting in 71 deaths that could be defined as domestic homicide. Meaning we had an approximate 16% increase in domestic violence fatalities from 2010 to 2011.” said Beth Meeks, Executive Director. “What is clear is that our rate of domestic homicides did not improve from 2010 to 2011, in fact it worsened.”
Meeks says there are a number of complicated factors that contribute to that increase but the lack of resources and closure of some shelter programs in recent years is alarming and probably makes it difficult for victims to access safety services. “We have large areas with too few shelter beds. Programs are doing the best they can with outreach advocates but as funding has been slashed staff have been reduced. There just aren’t enough services for persons seeking immediate safety.”
Meeks encouraged individuals to take a stand in their local areas. “Do something valuable for Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Donate to a domestic violence program, tell your legislators to protect the funding for these services, encourage local funders to support them. We each have a role to play in stopping this 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. Meeks thinks citizens are a key force in solving this problem. “I would encourage people all over Louisiana to attend these events to show your support and send a clear message that Louisiana does not tolerate domestic violence.”
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 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.