If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, 24/7 support and resources are available in the Greater Baton Rouge Area through the Iris Domestic Violence Center. The hotline can be reached at 225.389.3001 or statewide at 1.800.541.9706.
The National Domestic Violence Hotline — 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) — also provides 24/7 support and resources. Advocates are available via live chat, but if you think your computer usage may be monitored, you should call the hotline instead.
Safety-Planning / Preparing to Leave an Abusive Situation
If you or someone you know is preparing to leave an abusive situation, Louisiana’s Address Confidentiality Program could be an essential part of a safety plan. The program provides a substitute address that can be used to apply for state and local services such as utilities, driver’s license, etc. It also provides free first-class mail forwarding so that your new residential address does not have to become public record.
It is important to apply for the program before applying for any services, as you become ineligible for the program once you have already begun creating a public record at your new address. Find complete details, including how to apply for the program here.
Feeling like life isn’t worth living? Thinking of hurting or killing yourself? Go to your nearest emergency room, especially if you know how you would kill yourself and have the means to do so. You can also call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255); someone is available to talk 24 hours a day.