BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A pilot for a specialized court in East Baton Rouge Parish focusing on targeting offenders in domestic violence cases is set to launch in early 2023, according to a Thursday announcement by the district attorney’s office.

The Domestic Violence Intervention Court was announced by the Honorable Judge Donald Johnson and District Attorney Hillar Moore. According to a news release, the court will be a two-year pilot based on the Duluth Model which will have participants who are referred by the Stop the Loss project.

“Domestic violence cases require complex justice policies and processes that require careful judicial consideration. Our specialized Domestic Violence Intervention Court will ensure follow-through on cases to aid domestic violence victims, hold those who commit the crimes accountable, and deter repeat offenders, with the assistance of justice and social service
agencies,” said Judge Johnson. “By specializing in domestic violence offenses, the 19th Judicial District Domestic Violence Intervention Court aims to process cases more efficiently and deliver consistent accountability, while incorporating a stronger focus on supervision and rehabilitation of persons convicted of domestic violence.”

Some who participate will be offered the chance to plea into or transfer into the 27-week program, the district attorney’s office said. Services will be offered to victims and offenders.

“We owe it to those impacted by domestic violence to do all we can to guarantee they receive justice, and to more importantly, mitigate, and ideally eliminate, the harmful cycle from recurring,” said DA Moore. “This pilot can be a powerful tool for intimate partner violence reduction for generations to come.”

This special court has partnerships with the following agencies, offices and organizations:

  • 19th Judicial District Court and
  • Offices of EBR District Attorney and Public Defender
  • Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome’s office
  • The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)
  • YWCA of Greater Baton Rouge
  • The Family Justice Center
  • Louisiana Division of Probation and Parole
  • Discovery/Renew Family Resource Project
  • Domestic violence citizens’ taskforce