History of Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence

1979

1979

Network for Louisiana Battered Women’s Programs has its first meeting. With the assistance of grants from the Women’s Advocacy Bureau and the Regional Technical Assistance Center on Domestic Violence, the coalition established a group of nine programs working for battered women and children.  

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1980

1980

NLBWP changes its name to Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence. A year of firsts: president and secretary appointed by-laws drafted articles of incorporation developed statewide domestic violence conference held

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1982

1982

LCADV is incorporated as a private nonprofit corporation.

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1982

The Domestic Abuse Assistance Act introduced by Representative Mary Landrieu on behalf of LCADV becomes law. This act outlined policies regarding temporary restraining orders and full orders of protection, directly affecting the safety of victims of domestic violence.

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1983

1983

LCADV recommends to member programs to commit to hiring battered women and women of color for both administrative and direct service positions. The first Formerly Battered Women’s Task Force and Women of Color Task Force both meet.

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1984

Family Violence Prevention Services Act passed by Congress.

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1986

1986

LCADV receives 501(c)3 tax-exempt status. LCADV 501(c)(3) IRS Determination Letter

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1987

1987

Carol Cox joined LCADV as it’s first part-time coordinator.

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1989

Anna Marie Firkaly is hired as the coalition’s first executive director.

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1992

Louisiana Post-Separation Family Violence Relief Act passed.

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1994

1994

Patsy Taylor joined LCADV as it’s first full time coordinator.

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1994

Federal Violence Against Women Act signed into law.

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1996

1996

Standards for batterer intervention programs and for training program workers developed. Appendix C LCADV BIP Standards (1997)

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1996

1996

Merni Carter is hired as LCADV’s Executive Director.

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1997

1997

The coalition opens a new office in Baton Rouge, made possible by a donation from the Columbia Medical Center.

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1997

Domestic Abuse Assistance Act revised and Louisiana Protective Order Registry created. View document 97-1506 (la.gov)

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2000

2000

The first Hands and Hearts Conference takes place for advocates to come together to attend workshops and learn about advances in the field.

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2001

2001

Statewide domestic violence hotline established with the support of OWS.

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2001

Protection from Dating Violence Act passed. ViewDocument.aspx (la.gov)

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2003

Louisiana Domestic Abuse Battery Criminal Statute passed. https://legis.la.gov/Legis/Law.aspx?d=206153  

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2003

2003

In 2003, LCADV began the Supervised Visitation Center Project funded by the DOJ Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Grant. With the assistance of a statewide advisory committee, LCADV drafted best practice policies and standards. 3 visitation centers were opened across the state – Avoyelles Parish, Acadia Parish, and Lafourche Parish. LCADV Supervised Visitation Center Project 2003  

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2005

2005

Hurricane Katrina closes the doors of four residential shelters and two non-residential programs in the New Orleans area. SAFE HANDS: The Allstate Network for Empowering Women provides funding to LCADV to help survivors relocate.  The grants are used for moving costs, rent or utility payments, and down payments and security deposits for housing as the survivors rebuild their lives. In September, the New York-based Ms. Foundation creates the Katrina Women’s Response Fund and donates $15,000 to LCADV.

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2005

2005

The coalition holds an event titled “A Snapshot of Domestic Violence in Louisiana: A Walk in My Shoes” at the State Capitol. One thousand pairs of women’s shoes are displayed on the steps to the capitol building to symbolize victims who lost their lives to domestic violence.

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2006

Collaborative training on responding to sexual assault against people with disabilities developed and the economic justice for rural survivors project developed with the support of DOJ, OVW, and LCLE.

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2006

Address Confidentiality Act passes. https://legis.la.gov/Legis/ViewDocument.aspx?d=405911  

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2010

2010

Final report of Fatality Review Project published with the support of DOJ, OVW, and LCLE. DV Fatality Review Project Recommendations

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2010

2010

Beth Meeks is hired as executive director of the coalition.

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2010

First joint domestic violence and sexual assault conference held.

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2010

After the Gulf oil disaster in April, LCADV reports an increase in calls to crisis hotlines, shelters that are at or near capacity, and domestic violence victims showing up at oil disaster drop-in centers in search of help. The coalition requests Congressman Charlie Melancon (LA-03)’s assistance in securing additional federal funding to support the increased demand for services. LCADV Oil Spill Press Release

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2012

2012

LCADV celebrates its 30th anniversary.

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2012

2012

Report to Louisiana Legislature submitted by BIP Task Force, coordinated by LCADV BIP Report to Legislature 02.05.12

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2012

Children exposed to violence project funded by DOJ and OVW.

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2014

2014

Immediate divorce for domestic violence victims passes. This created a no divorce waiting period for victims of domestic or sexual abuse. C:\TEMP\Copy of SB292 Act (rev 0).wpd (la.gov)      

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2014

2014

State level firearm protections passes restricting abusers access to firearms.

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2015

2015

Law that created residential lease agreement protections for survivors of domestic violence passed. ViewDocument.aspx (la.gov)

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2016

2016

LCADV created the Louisiana Domestic Violence Disaster Fund after March and August flooding impacts shelters. NFL donates 20k to fund. NFL Flood Gift Press Release

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2016

2016

Coalition expands by adding legal department and systems advocacy positions.

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2016

Gwen’s law passed. ViewDocument.aspx (la.gov)

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2017

2017

Mariah Wineski hired as the Executive Director of the coalition. Coalition Announces New Executive Director

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2017

2017

Changes the definition of “household member” in Louisiana’s domestic abuse criminal statutes to include cohabiting couples of the same sex  and dating partners were legislative accomplishments this year. Legislative Passage 2017 ViewDocument.aspx (la.gov) ViewDocument.aspx (la.gov)

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2017

2017

Launch of the Financial Empowerment Program and Survivor Stability Fund for savings match, credit repair, and financial education in partnership with local programs. LCADV Survivor Stability Fund FAQ

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2018

2018

Bill that created a statewide process for the transfer of firearms from those convicted of domestic abuse battery, battery of a dating partner, and violation of protection order passed. ViewDocument.aspx (la.gov)

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2018

2018

Bill that required proof of services of protection orders sent to LPOR passed. ViewDocument.aspx (la.gov)

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2019

2019

Law passed that made interfering with emergency communications a crime. ViewDocument.aspx (la.gov)

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2019

2019

Law passed that limits the use of material witness warrants to incarcerate victims of sex offenses and domestic violence who refuse to testify against their abusers. ViewDocument.aspx (la.gov)

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2020

2020

LCADV launches the Legal Access Network that pays private attorneys across Louisiana to represent survivors in cases such as protection orders, custody, divorce, and immigration. Legal Access Network Flyer

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2020

2020

LCADV launches the Flexible Housing program to promote housing security among domestic violence survivors. Flex Housing Press Release

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2020

COVID-19 response developed and Hurricane Laura impacted survivors and programs.

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2021

2021

Bill passes that creates a domestic violence fatality review team within the Louisiana Department of Health. ViewDocument.aspx (la.gov)

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2021

2021

Bill passes that removes the requirement for a notarized affidavit on TRO petitions. ViewDocument.aspx (la.gov)

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2021

Hurricane Ida response was implemented for programs affected by the storm.

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