Domestic Abuse Intervention Program

The Domestic Violence Intervention Program at Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge is based on the Duluth Model of treatment for domestic violence of offenders.  This model premises that battering is a learned behavior; not an anger management issue, a communication problem or a psychiatric illness.  As with all learned behaviors, what has been learned is learned; however, one can choose different beliefs and behaviors when the appropriate motivation is secondary gain.  The groups are psycho-educational.  They are open ended groups, twenty six weeks duration, and are followed with twenty six weeks of individual therapy sessions.  The program is designed to provide perpetrators of violence with education, awareness, coping skills and support to help prevent recidivism of offense.

The Focus Of This Program Is To Teach Abusers To: 

  • Take full responsibility for their behavior
  • Understand that abuse is a choice and that they can choose not to be abusive regardless of their feelings
  • Identify and change attitudes that lead to abusive behavior
  • Learn to respect the wishes and opinions of their partners
  • Understand the effects of abuse on their partners and their children

Program Information

  • Non-violence and safety is the primary focus of this program
  • Groups meet weekly
  • Topics of weekly meetings rotate and repeat, so new members are accepted weekly
  • Length of program is 26 weeks of group counseling followed up by individual counseling as clinically necessitated
  • We report to the court or the DA concerning attendance, participation, and any potential risk
  • Group cost is $20.00 each and is due on the day of service
  • Group cost is the responsibility of the batterer
  • Partners/Victims are contacted on an as-needed basis for information or support





Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge introduces its

Family Safe Haven Program.

The Family Safe Haven Program offers families effective resources, services, and trained staff to assist and enhance the parent-child interaction.

Domestic violence, child abuse and neglect, sexual assault, dating violence, gender-specific violence, and stalking won’t disappear overnight but we strive and take pride in effective programs and community collaborative efforts that will make it a thing of the past.

The Family Safe Haven Program serves all victims and survivors of domestic violence with supportive resources and therapeutic intervention services for themselves, their families, and the community.

Our Domestic Violence Services include:

  • Emergency Vouchers for Victims of Domestic Violence
  • Individual Therapy
  • Age-appropriate Group Therapy
  • LGBT Advocacy & Safety Training
  • Safety Intervention Planning
  • Supportive Counseling
  • Education and Outreach
  • Domestic Abuse Intervention Program                                   
  •   (DAIP- utilizing the Duluth Model of Treatment)
    • Baton Rouge Purple REIGN (Respond, Educate, Involve, Grow,Navigate) Domestic Violence Campaign
    • Supervised Visitation & Safe Exchange for Custodial & Non-Custodial Parents, Children, and Families


    If you would like personal assistance or more information about any of our domestic violence services above, please contact ourProgram Coordinator, Rene' Taylor @: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    About Our Supervised Visitation Center:

    The Supervised Visitation Center at Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge is proud to be an active member of the Supervised Visitation Network, the only organization dedicated specifically to advancing and enhancing the field of supervised visitation for all families.


    The Supervised Visitation Center at Family Service offers child-friendly visitation rooms filled with games, toys, and plenty of activities to help children and families have a safe, fun, and memorable experience.

    Highly trained, caring visitation monitors are dedicated to ensure that the visits are beneficial for children and most importantly, safe.

    If deemed necessary, visits are secured with an armed officer.

    How do I begin using services at Family Service?

  • Every client is required to complete a scheduled intake before supervised visits and safe exchanges can occur.

  • The referral and intake must be initiated by the parent. The referral may be from an agency, court, or other organization. Self-referrals are also welcomed.

    Once intakes are completed, staff monitors will work with both parties to schedule visits.

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  • Is there a cost for services?

    Yes. The actual costs for services are based on a sliding fee scale for each payment. Responsibility for payment can be determined by a court order, agency arrangements between custodial and non-custodial parents, and/or other factors. Family Service trained staff would be happy to assist with questions involving cost(s).

    When do visits take place?

    Availability of visitation is based on openings at the time of the client’s request.

    Whether court-ordered or self-referred, call us today for your screening and intake:

    (225) 924-0123

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  • Important Domestic Violence Information You Should Know:

    What is Domestic Violence?

             • Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence.

            • Other terms for domestic violence include intimate partner violence, battering, relationship abuse, spousal abuse, or family violence.

    Who is Most Likely to Suffer from Domestic Abuse or Become a Victim of Domestic Violence?

         • Domestic violence and abuse can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, income, or other factors.

         • Women and men can be victims of domestic violence.

    How Many Men are Domestic Violence Victims?

           • Men are victims of nearly 3 million physical assaults in the USA.

    How Often Does Domestic Violence Occur?

           • 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime.

    Why Does Domestic Abuse Happen?

           • No victim is to blame for any occurrence of domestic abuse or violence.

           • While there is no direct cause or explanation why domestic violence happens, it is caused by the abuser or perpetrator.         

  • When and Where Does Domestic Violence Occur?

  •      • Domestic violence is most likely to take place between 6 pm and 6 am.

  •      • More than 60% of domestic violence incidents happen at home.

  • What Happens to Victims of Domestic Violence?

  • • Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness among families, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

    • At least 1/3 of the families using New York City's family shelter system are homeless due to domestic violence.

    Domestic Violence in America: General Statistics and Facts

    • Women ages 18 to 34 are at greatest risk of becoming victims of domestic violence.

    • More than 4 million women experience physical assault and rape by their partners.

    • In 2 out of 3 female homicide cases, females are killed by a family member or intimate partner.

    What are the Effects of Domestic Violence on Children?

    • More than 3 million children witness domestic violence in their homes every year.

    • Children who live in homes where there is domestic violence also suffer abuse or neglect at high rates (30% to 60%).

    • Children exposed to domestic violence at home are more likely to have health problems, including becoming sick more often, having frequent headaches or stomachaches, and being more tired and lethargic.

    • Children are more likely to intervene when they witness severe violence against a parent – which can place a child at great risk for injury or even death.

    What are the Effects of Domestic Violence on Mental Health?

    • Domestic violence victims face high rates of depression, sleep disturbances, anxiety, flashbacks, and other emotional distress.

    • Domestic violence contributes to poor health for many survivors including chronic conditions such as heart disease or gastrointestinal disorders.

    • Most women brought to emergency rooms due to domestic violence were socially isolated and had few social and financial resources.

    What is the Economic Cost of Domestic Violence?

    • Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity at companies.

    What Happens if Domestic Violence Victims Do Not Receive Help?

    • Without help, girls who witness domestic violence are more vulnerable to abuse as teens and adults.

    • Without help, boys who witness domestic violence are far more likely to become abusers of their partners and/or children as adults, thus continuing the cycle of violence in the next generation.

  • #1 FACT: Most domestic violence incidents are never reported.

    Domestic Violence in Louisiana:

    From 2010-2015, using multiple sources, LCADV identified 261 incidents, resulting in 281 domestic violence fatalities.

    76% of intimate partner femicide victims have been stalked by their intimate partner.

    89% of femicide victims who had been physically assaulted had also been stalked in the 12 months before their murder.

    There has been at least one domestic homicide in every parish in Louisiana.

    Total number of domestic violence homicides: 281

    Committed with guns: 63%

    38% had prior domestic violence charges or other violent history

    1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.

    This means there will be about 450,000 women who experience domestic abuse in Louisiana over the course of their lifetimes - more than 5,000 adult women per year.

    To house the portion of these women and their children seeking shelter services, we would need 700 shelter beds throughout the state. We currently have 400.

    Programs were unable to meet 2,671 service requests in 2014 due to lack of resources.

    Currently there are only 35 parishes with permanent physical points of access to domestic violence services, which means either outreach offices or shelters.

    To even begin to meet the current need for shelter, the state line item for domestic violence services should be increased by a minimum of $7 million.

    Ensuring housing protections for domestic violence survivors is crucial. Survivors are often forced to leave their homes due to lease provisions that allow eviction for domestic violence incidents.

  • In a recent survey of domestic violence survivors in Louisiana, 28% of respondents had been asked by their landlord to leave their homes due to the actions of their abusers.

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    Help change these facts. Be proactive and make a difference for victims of domestic violence by getting involved and supporting the Family Safe Haven Program at Family Service.

    Helpful, Free, and Confidential Numbers & Resources

    @ Your Fingertips:


    Louisiana Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline

    888-411-1333 (24 hour referrals & support)

    Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center

    866-USWOMEN (866-879-6636)

    Childhelp USA National Hotline

    800-4-A-CHILD (800-422-4453)

    Disaster Distress Helpline


    National Domestic Violence Hotline
    TTY Hotline


    National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline
    TTY Hotline


    National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children

    888-818-POMC (888-818-7662)

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


    Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)

    800-656-HOPE (800-656-4613)

    Safe Phone Helpline (sexual assault support)


    Sexual Assault Support and Help For Americans Abroad

    886-USWOMEN (866-879-6636)

    National Sexual Assault Online Hotline                                                                                                                                 English

    Safe Online Helpline (sexual assault support for the DoD community)



    Battered Women’s Justice Project

    800-903-0111 X1

    Federal Trade Commission Identity Theft Hotline


    National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
    TDD Hotline

    877-ID-THEFT (877-438-4338)

    National Crime Victim Bar Association


    National Crime Victim Law Institute Referral Line

    844-LAW-HELP (844-529-4357)

    National Human Trafficking Hotline


    National Criminal Justice Reference Service (OVC Resource Center)
    TTY Hotline


    National Organization for Victim Assistance


    National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
    TTY Hotline

    800-TRY-NOVA (800-879-6682)

    Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration
    TDD Hotline

    U.S. Department of Justice Elder Abuse Initiative

    877-SAMHSA-7 (877-726-4727)
    800-662-HELP (800-662-4357)

    VictimConnect (live anonymous referrals and support for victims of crime)

    Domestic Violence Victims’ Assistance

    855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846)