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Mayor Broome Addresses Domestic Violence Issues Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Updated: Apr 3, 2020

Baton Rouge, La. – Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and District Attorney Hillar Moore presented resources Friday for domestic violence issues during the COVID-19 pandemic. Domestic violence issues may increase in frequency, intensity and case number as a result of the closure of workplaces and schools in our area.

“Spending days or weeks with an abusive partner or family member opens the door for immense physical and emotional trauma,” said Mayor Broome. “Unfortunately, this is the reality that COVID-19 presents to many of our neighbors, family and friends.”

Mayor Broome was joined by public safety officials and Baton Rouge based non-profits to educate the community on resources for victims and survivors of domestic violence. District Attorney Hillar Moore presented his annual report on Domestic Violence in the City-Parish.

  • See 2019 Annual Domestic & Dating Violence Report Here.

  • See The Greater Baton Rouge Area. Referral Resource Guide and Primary Care & Behavioral Health Services Directory Here.

For resources, please contact:

Emergency Shelter

•  Iris Domestic Violence Center

Local (225) 389-3001

State Hotline 1-888-411-1333

National Hotline 1-800-799-7233

•  The Butterfly Society (225) 347-7725;

Individual Counseling Services

• Free individual counseling services through Catholic Charities (225) 389-4736

• Family Service of Greater Baton Rouge (225) 924-0123

• Children’s Advocacy Center (225) 343-1984

Primary Care and Behavioral Health

• Capital Area Human Services (225) 288-1044

Support Groups

• Domestic Violence Community Group Counseling (225) 389-4736

• Hope & Healing Homicide Survivors Support Group (225) 389-4736


• Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank (225) 359-9940

• Southeast Ministries Association Inc. (225) 924-5122


• St. Vincent de Paul (any location)

• Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge (225) 355-4483

Financial Services

• Crime Victims Reparations (225) 239-7850

• Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (225) 336-8700

• Salvation Army of Greater Baton Rouge (225) 355-4483

Legal Aid

• Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (225) 448-0080

Employment Services

• Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Baton Rouge (225) 336-8700

Childcare Assistance

• Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) (877) 453-2721

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