1.) Defining Domestic Violence


Domestic Violence is a pattern of coercive and controlling behaviors used to gain power and control over another person. Abuse can be verbal, emotional, psychological, financial, sexual and/or physical. Domestic Violence is not an isolated, individual event, but a series of controlling and manipulative behaviors used to control the victim. Domestic violence usually escalates over time and can result in serious injury or death.


Our office has a Domestic Violence Prosecutor to handle “evidence-based” prosecutions. 



2.) Signs of Abuse


From the Southeast Advocates for Family Empowerment Brochure:


Is your partner or family member...

  • Extremely jealous?
  • Quick to get angry?
  • Isolating you from others?

Does your partner or family member...

  • Verbally abuse, insult, or humiliate you?
  • Control your behavior?
  • Threaten you with physical harm?
  • Use any form of physical force against you?


3.) Our office provides the following services to victims of Domestic Violence


  • Advocacy
  • Notification
  • Support
  • Education
  • Referral


4.) The Twenty-First Judicial District Attorney has established a no-drop policy as it pertains to victims wishing to drop
domestic violence charges against defendants.


The District Attorney and Assistant District Attorneys are sworn to uphold the laws of the State of Louisiana and to protect the public. Decisions regarding pending cases in the Twenty-First Judicial District Attorney’s Office, including whether to proceed with charges against a defendant, rest solely with the prosecutors of this office.


Additional Resources

Southeast Advocates for Family Empowerment (SAFE)



Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services


Contact Us

Amite Office: (985) 748-7890


Livingston Office: (225) 686-3070