It is our hope to inform indivduals about the dangers of domestic violence before they become victims.

Presentations on the signs of domestic violence, what you should look for, how to respond to a friend, family member or coworker who you suspect is being abused and what services and assistance are available, can be of great help in preventing a further increase in the number of victims.

All of these individuals were unanimously selected to join the Iris Board of Directors.

The three latest additions increase the Iris board to a total of 16 members charged with the responsibility of providing the organizations's long-term strategic planning and business oversight.

In January, the board also bid "adieu" and said "goodbye" to outgoing president Melanie Fields who was retiring from the board.

Melanie provided a strong hand at the wheel as President of the board and she will be sorely missed.

Monica Alfred has been named Community Outreach and Education Director (COED) for Iris Domestic Violence Center.

Iris created the COED position to emphasize a more concentrated focus on "preventing" domestic abuse and relationship violence in 2018 as opposed to serving survivors. Alfred, as COED, will be providing public information presentations about domestic abuse as well as concentrated training exercises to individuals and organizations seeking to learn about the dangers of domestic abuse.

Jane Schoen has been appointed Director of Development for Iris Domestic Violence Center. Schoen, who joined Iris last year, is working to coordinate both the Donor and Volunteer groups at Iris. Schoen helped manage the recent Iris Adopt a Family Christmas program this past holiday season which was an overwhelming success as a total of 48 families were adopted and received Christmas gifts and presents through the generosity of our community. Schoen's leadership, Iris is busy working to better organize and coordinate the donor giving program in 2018.

The donations received by the Iris safe house shelter during the Christmas holidays were particularly special and came from the many generous followers of Iris who support our programs and the work we do in the fight against domestic abuse.

Last year, Iris welcomed four new board members: Seth Irby, a business consultant with Emergent Method in Baton Rouge; Patti Freeman, a domestic violence unit supervisor with the EBR Parish Sheriff's office; Lt.