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Where to Get Help with Domestic Violence in Louisiana?

Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV) offers programs and resources for those experiencing domestic violence in Louisiana.

How to Get a Court Order to Protect You

Louisiana Uniform Abuse Prevention Forms: all the mandatory forms for protective orders for self-represented litigants to download, complete, and file with the Court. The website includes instructions for filling out the forms.

Louisiana Domestic Violence Hotline

Louisiana DV Hotline: 1-888-411-1333. The Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence is a statewide network of battered women's programs, supportive organizations, and individuals working to end violence against women and children in Louisiana.

National Sexual Assault Hotline

RAINN operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE and carries out programs to prevent sexual assault, help victims and ensure that rapists are brought to justice. On its site you'll find statistics, counseling resources, prevention tips, news and more.

Metro Centers for Community Advocacy

Crisis intervention and limited placement in emergency shelters. Metro has a 24- hour line for emergency counseling and assistance.

Military Domestic Abuse, Child Abuse, and Neglect - The Family Advocacy Program

The Family Advocacy Program, or FAP, is the Department of Defense program designated to address domestic abuse, child abuse and neglect, and problematic sexual behavior in children and youth. FAP is delivered through the military services who work in coordination with key military components and civilian agencies to: Prevent abuse, Encourage early identification and prompt reporting, Promote victim safety and empowerment, Provide appropriate treatment for affected service members and their families. The Family Advocacy Program, or FAP, provides clinical and non-clinical services to prevent and respond to domestic abuse, child abuse and neglect and problematic sexual behavior in children and youth. FAP’s top priority is safety for individuals and families in the military community who may be at risk for, or experiencing, abuse. FAP also works with service members and their families to encourage healthy, violence-free relationships and nurturing parenting.

Domestic Abuse and Divorce

Information about domestic abuse and how domestic abuse impacts divorce issues in a FAQ format. Includes a link to the Louisiana Protective Order Registry.

Louisiana's Address Confidentiality Program

The ACP provides relocated victims of abuse, sexual assault or stalking with a substitute address to use in place of their actual address when they apply for or receive state or local government services (e.g., driver's license, voter registration, public school records, etc.). The goal of the ACP is to prevent an assailant or potential assailant from finding the location of a victim through the state's public records.

Social Security Numbers (SSA) for Domestic Violence Victims

Here is information from the Social Security Administration about getting a new Social Security number for victims of domestic violence.

Agenda for Children

Agenda for Children has served as Louisiana’s statewide child advocacy organization, as well as our region’s leading support organization for early childhood education (children ages 0-8). We work to inform public conversations on children, advocate for better policies that impact children and families, increase access to high quality early care and education, improve the quality of those experiences, and connect people to community resources. Specifically, our work improves child well-being by empowering the adults who have the greatest impact on children’s lives.

Child in Need of Care Cases

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) starts Child in Need of Care (CINC) cases when they determine that a child has experienced some form of neglect. While the goal of CINC cases is "reunification," or having the child go home, parents need to know about the CINC process and parental rights and responsibilities during the process.

Divorcing a Military or Imprisoned Spouse

This tells you what you need to know about divorcing a spouse that is in the military or prison.

Domestic Abuse and Evictions in Louisiana

Louisiana law provides certain protections from evictions based on incidents of domestic abuse. This discusses how tenants can claim protection from eviction based on domestic abuse and when a landlord can evict a tenant even though there has been an incident of domestic abuse on the leased premises.

Guide to Relocation with Your Child

In Louisiana, changing the address where a child lives most of the time can be classified as a "relocation," and if the move is more than 75 miles away, the person moving the child may have to follow a special procedure before the relocation. This guide explains when Louisiana's relocation law applies and how the relocation procedure works.

Legal Representation in Child Protection Cases

Representation of children in child protection cases is overseen by the Louisiana Supreme Court, which designates appropriate programs for qualified legal representation in accordance with a plan for service delivery approved by the Court.

Modifying or Changing Child Custody Judgments in Louisiana

This resource explains when the law allows a party to ask for a change in a custody judgment. It also discusses the reasons why the Court might agree to make the change and the different standards that apply to consent judgments versus considered judgments of custody.

Prevent Child Abuse America

Child abuse and neglect prevention is possible, and here are the crucial issues Prevent Child Abuse America addresses every day: Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) Prevention, Child Neglect Prevention, Child Physical Abuse Prevention, Child Sexual Abuse Prevention.

Understanding an Answer and When to File An Answer to a Petition for Divorce

The law does not require an answer to be filed in response to a petition for divorce. This article explains the purpose of an answer, the amount of time a party has to file an answer, and the reasons a spouse might want to file one in response to a petition for divorce.

Understanding Custody by Consent

This resource explains how a Court can approve a Consent Judgment when parents agree on the issue of custody and what the Court will consider in deciding whether to approve the agreement.

What is a Covenant Marriage?

A covenant marriage is similar to a “regular” marriage but includes additional legal steps.  The covenant marriage sets out harder requirements to end a marriage and puts you into a tougher system of divorce laws.  Covenant Marriages were developed by the Louisiana legislature to encourage couples to go through religious or professional counseling before filing for divorce.  A covenant marriage allows the couple to show their intent to enter the marriage as a lifelong commitment.    

What is Emergency Ex Parte Custody?

In some cases, there may be a need for a court order relating to child custody before the other parent or party can be heard before the Court. A custody order entered before the other party has an opportunity to respond is called "ex parte," and they are available in limited, usually emergency, circumstances.

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