Tag Archive | Women’s shelter

Louisiana (Domestic Violence Shelters)




  • Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence P.O. Box 3053 Hammond LA 70404 (504)542-4446
  • Family Counseling Agency Turning Point Shelter P.O. Box 1908 Alexandria LA 71309 Business #: 318-442-7196 Hotline/Crisis: 318-445-2022 Toll Free #: (800)960-9436
  • Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center P.O. Box 2133 Baton Rouge LA 70821 Business #: 504-389-3001 Hotline/Crisis: 504-389-3001 Toll Free #: (800)541-9706
  • St. Bernard Dens Center 2011 Jackson Blvd. Chalmette LA 70043 Business #: 504-278-7788
  • June Jenkins Women’s Shelter P.O. Box 815 DeRidder LA 70634 Business #: 318-462-1452 Hotline/Crisis: 318-462-6504 Toll Free #: (800)54 ABUSE
  • CHEZ Hope, Inc. P.O. Box 98 Franklin LA 70538 Business #: 318-923-4537 Hotline/Crisis: (800)331-5303 Toll Free #: (800)331-5303
  • Southeast Spouse Abuse Program P.O. Box 1946 Hammond LA 70404 Business #: 504-542-8384 Toll Free #: (800)256-1143
  • Metropolitan Battered Women’s Program P.O. Box 10775 Jefferson LA 70181 Business #: 318-222-2117 Toll Free #: (800)338-6536
  • Faith House, Inc. P.O. Box 93145 Lafayette LA 70509 Business #: 318-232-8954 Hotline/Crisis: 318-232-8954
  • Calcasieu Women’s Shelter A Center for Women and Children P.O. Box 276 Lake Charles LA 70602 Business #: 318-436-4552 Hotline/Crisis: 318-436-4552 Toll Free #: (800)223-8066
  • YWCA of Monroe 1515 Jackson Street Monroe LA 71202 Business #: 318-323-1505 Hotline/Crisis: 318-323-4112 Toll Free #: (800)716-7233
  • Safety Net for Abused Persons (SNAP) P.O. Box 10207 New Iberla LA 70562 Business #: 318-367-7627 Hotline/Crisis: 318-367-7627
  • Crescent House 1000 Howard Ave, Suite #1200 New Orleans LA 70113 Business #: 504-523-3755
  • YWCA Battered Women’s Program 601 South Jefferson Davis Pkwy. New Orleans LA 70119 Hotline/Crisis #: 504-486-0377
  • YWCA Family Violence Program 710 Travis Street Shreveport LA 71101 Business #: 318-222-2117 Hotline/Crisis: 318-222-2117 Toll Free #: (800)338-6536
  • SAFE HARBOR P.O. Box 402 Slidell LA 70459 Business #: 504-643-0496 Hotline/Crisis: 504-643-9407

An Exit Action Plan

An Exit Action Plan: Guidelines for Leaving an Abusive Relationship

Planning a safe exit from an abusive relationship is a necessary and important step before breaking the ties with your partner. The National Domestic Violence Hotline suggests following these steps to improve your chances of leaving safely.

  • Know the phone number to your local battered women’s shelter.
  • Let a trusted family member, friend, coworker or neighbors know your situation. Develop a plan for when you need help; code words you can text if in trouble, a visual signal like a porch light: on equals no danger, off equals trouble.
  • If you are injured, go to a doctor or an emergency room and report what happened to you. Ask that they document your visit.
  • Keep a journal of all violent incidences, noting dates, events and threats made.
  • Keep any evidence of physical abuse, such as pictures.
  • Plan with your children and identify a safe place for them. Reassure them that their job is to stay safe, not to protect you.
  • If you need to sneak away, be prepared. Make a plan for how and where you will escape.
  • Back your car into the driveway, and keep it fueled. Keep your driver’s door unlocked and other doors locked for a quick escape.
  • Hide an extra set of car keys.
  • Set money aside. Ask friends or family members to hold money for you.
  • Pack a bag. Include an extra set of keys, IDs, car title, birth certificates, social security cards, credit cards, marriage license, clothes for yourself and your children, shoes, medications, banking information, money ” anything that is important to you. Store them at a trusted friend or neighbor’s house. Try to avoid using the homes of next-door neighbors, close family members and mutual friends.
  • Take important phone numbers of friends, relatives, doctors, schools, etc.
  • If time is available, also take:
    Citizenship documents (such as your passport, green card, etc.)
    Titles, deeds and other property information
    Medical records
    Children’s school and immunization records
    Insurance information
    Verification of social security numbers
    Welfare identification
    Valued pictures, jewelry or personal possessions
  • Know abuser’s schedule and safe times to leave.
  • Be careful when reaching out for help via Internet or telephone. Erase your Internet browsing history, websites visited for resources, e-mails sent to friends/family asking for help. If you called for help, dial another number immediately after in case abuser hits redial.
  • Create a false trail. Call motels, real estate agencies and schools in a town at least six hours away from where you plan to relocate.

After Leaving the Abusive Relationship

If you get a restraining order, and the offender is leaving:

  • Change your locks and phone number.
  • Change your work hours and route taken to work.
  • Change the route taken to transport children to school.
  • Keep a certified copy of your restraining order with you at all times.
  • Inform friends, neighbors and employers that you have a restraining order in effect.
  • Give copies of the restraining order to employers, neighbors and schools along with a picture of the offender.
  • Call law enforcement to enforce the order.

If you leave:

  • Consider renting a post office box or using the address of a friend for your mail. Be aware that addresses are on restraining orders and police reports. Be careful to whom you give your new address and phone number.
  • Change your work hours, if possible.
  • Alert school authorities of the situation.
  • Consider changing your children’s schools.
  • Reschedule appointments if the offender is aware of them.
  • Use different stores and frequent different social spots.
  • Alert neighbors, and request that they call the police if they feel you may be in danger.
  • Talk to trusted people about the violence.
  • Replace wooden doors with steel or metal doors. Install security systems if possible. Install a motion sensitive lighting system.
  • Tell people you work with about the situation and have your calls screened by one receptionist if possible.
  • Tell people who take care of your children who can pick up your children. Explain your situation to them and provide them with a copy of the restraining order.
  • Call the telephone company to request caller ID. Ask that your phone number be blocked so that if you call anyone, neither your partner nor anyone else will be able to get your new, unlisted phone number.

For more tips on staying safe, click here!

For more information, please visit the Web site for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. If you or someone you know is frightened about something in your relationship, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) or TTY 1-800-787-3224.

For more information on where to turn for help, consult these Domestic Violence Resources.