Domestic Violence (also referred to as intimate partner violence) is a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another partner.  

Domestic violence  can happen to anyone in any community and affects women and men alike regardless of age, martial status, race, gender, sexual orientation, employment status, creed, nationality, or religion. 

It can vary in severity and form.  It includes physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, financial abuse, or psychological abuse

1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

As of 2017, Louisiana ranks 3rd in the nation for dv-related homicides.

Intimate partners committed 19% of homicides in the city of Baton Rouge. 

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The Butterfly Society is  a non-profit 501c3 organization based in Baton Rouge. We are dedicated in our mission to end domestic violence in our community. 

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