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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Homeless & Housing, Homeless Shelters, Human Services, Victims Services, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: To end domestic violence in the capital area through serving victims of domestic violence, educating the public about domestic violence, and working to eliminate economic, social, and cultural conditions and attitudes that contribute to domestic violence.

Programs: Direct services program offers temporary emergency housing to battered women and their children who have no safe place to stay. Room and board are provided at no cost for a limited time.

legal services program assists battered women with legal needs such as protection orders, pressing charges, court appearances, and access to legal representation.

outreach services program provides telephone, face-to-face counseling and support groups to battered women. They also provide information and referral to other community resources, assist battered women in accessing our shelter services, provide advocacy on behalf of the battered woman and her children, and provide court advocacy and support services.

the education and training program aims to double the number of support groups at the louisiana correctional institute for women, work with local businesses to raise awarenewss of domestic violence, expand coordination with organizations and faith-based groups, develop an active social media presence, call attention to the issue of domestic violence-related stalking and improving stalking respone times, and highlighting the tragedy of domestic violence homicide by co-sponsoring the stop the slaughter rally.

Community Stories

9 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I called the Battered Women's Program on night after yet another incident with my then live in boyfriend. The person on the phone was helpful, knowledgeable, and nonjudgemental.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center (CAFVIC) provides a variety of services to victims of domestic violence in a seven parish area surrounding Baton Rouge. CAFVIC offers shelter, legal services, education and children's services at both its main office and outreach offices. As a survivor of DV, I wish this program, and others like it, would have been in place 40+ years ago. Women, like myself, would have benefited greatly from these services. Maybe if we had been better educated, we could have done more to break the cycle of violence by now.

1 Eilleen T.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Battered Women's Program has been empowering women and children through a variety of programs for over 30 years. Our oldest and largest program is the 24-hour emergency shelter for battered women and their dependent children. In addition to physical safety, the shelter provides personal advocacy, information and referral, support groups, and education for the larger community about violence and its effects. Community support is critical to the success of our events and we greatly appreciate your participation!

Lisa M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CAFVIC helps women and children in need of a safe place to stay free from abuse. This organization provides shelter, counseling, legal help, and crisis services to women who are in abusive relationships. I am a volunteer with CAFVIC. We have someone answering the crisis line 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. We provide information at booth events throughout the community, dv education, safety planning, and a myriad of other services.

10

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I experience the affects of Domestic Violence personally, but also I saw what my mother went through and I think she didnt know of all the resources available to her. Being apart of this organization has made me more aware of all the resources so that I can inform other females about this organization. Being with the LCWIC has really shown me the affect as well of what women go through with Domestic Violence and how it affects someone not just physically but emotionally as well

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Having first hand knowledge and experience with domestic violence, I understand the physical,emotional,finicial and mental support needed to begin to address the challenges and hardships assoicated with domestic violence. From my first encounter with this organziation I was convinced that not only was the staff fully trained and organized but the staff had compassion for the women and childern and were passionate about what they did everyday. This is truly an organization committed to meeting the needs of those who have been victimized. Simple things that we may take for granted like toothpaste, a comb or a towel may be the one thing you can give to lighten the load of a person that is is need. Multiple everyday basic needs by 365 days a year times the number of women and childern serviced through this agency and the results are simple, we need every penny you give and every minute you volunteer. Lives are changed forever through this agency and new life can begin. SAH

10

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a recent addition to the Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center Battered Women's Program Board of Directors, however, as the Director of the LSU Women's Center, I have partnered with this organization for the past 2 years on the Take Back the Night Candlelight Vigil and March. I preface the following statement by saying that I have the utmost respect for all of the other nonprofit organizations related to women's issues in Baton Rouge but there is not an organization more hard-working, passionate, and dedicated to helping women in East Baton Rouge Parish then this group. From the Executive Director and fearless leader, Martha Forbes, to their selfless hotline volunteers, these folks are highly trained, highly motivated, and compassionate people that will go to great lengths to help anyone that steps through their doors.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have served as a referring source to CAFVIC/Battered Women's Program and have witnessed clients treated with the utmost respect despite their circumstances. I've had former clients confirm the amount of support, guidance, and protection from their abusers. This nonprofit organization has shown to be very helpful in the Baton Rouge community.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I chose to volunteer at CAFVIC as a result of my own life experiences with Domestic Violence. Their educational programs are outstanding and their staff is will to serve as powerful advocates for the women, children and men that need shelter and legal services as a result of family violence. I believe that if more people volunteered and supported this group, our local community could stop the cycle of family violence. Thank you.