Keysha has four years experience as the associate director of SAFE, the domestic violence service center in Hammond.
Statistics show that a survivor leaves an abuser an average of seven times before finally breaking away from an abusive situation.
With those sobering facts, the Iris Domestic Violence Center is creating a Survivor Rsource Lab to assist survivors address those challenges.
Survivors escaping an abuser often leave their homes with nothing more than the clothes on their back.
For many of these individuals, there simply wasn't enough time to organize and pack their personal belongings or gather important documents they will need to reestablish themselves at a new location.
Our database shows there are 107 registered Sex Offender or Child Predators in Zachary, LA, a ratio of 71.55 Sex Offender or Child Predators per 10,000 residents.
This is higher than the national average of 20.37 Sex Offender or Child Predators per 10,000 residents.
Trained advocates or representatives of other agencies will be providing assistance and instruction on topics designed to help survivors meet this challenge.
Iris has obtained a commitment from to provide financial literacy courses to survivors to assist them in understanding debt, the use of credit, and appropriate budgeting as they forge their new life iundependent from their abuser.
As a result, in the first few weeks after leaving, survivors often are required to recreate their "paper identity" in order to obtain a drivers license, state identification card, social security card or other documentation needed to go forward and apply for a job, rent a vehicle or lease housing.