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LAVO will continue to be available by phone and online for victims and survivors during this stressful time.

As always, services are free and confidential. Call 225.342.1570

Victim impact statement assitance

If you have an upcoming pardon/parole hearing or would like to prepare in advance, LAVO offers assistance in drafting your victim-impact statement. We offer our assistance through the following:

  • Notifying the Pardon/Parole Board of your attendance

  • Editing & Submitting your statement on time

  • Free Counseling

  • Be present at the hearing as support


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Lafayette Victim-Survivor Support Event

Knowledge is important. LAVO provides notification about upcoming pardon and parole hearings, information about statewide policies, and instruction about how the pardons and parole process works. This knowledge can help victims feel more confident, lessen confusion about how pardon and parole decisions are made, and lead to greater ease throughout the process.


Victims deserve to heal from harm. Even if the harm was caused many years ago, it can have lasting effects. Healing is still possible. LAVO offers counseling, as well as a variety of other restorative practices, such as mindfulness, expressive arts, and self-compassion training. All services are free and confidential.

Victim-Survivor Support Event

There is a large victim and survivor community. Within this are people who represent a wide range of perspectives, experiences, and insights. LAVO brings victims, survivors, advocates, service providers, and community members together in order to strengthen connections that can lead to greater health and wholeness for everyone.


Louisiana Victim Outreach licensed social worker provides free individual and group counseling to survivors of violence throughout the post conviction process. LAVO offers a safe, supportive space to process trauma and loss, and work toward holistic mental and emotional health. Counseling services are available in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and through HIPAA compliant video conferencing.

To set up a session, please call 225.32.1570, or click one of the links below for more information.



Program Manager

Jolie Duarte currently serves as the Program Manager of the Louisiana Victim Outreach Program (LAVO) and has been with the program since the fall of 2020. After graduating from Louisiana State University with her B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Psychology, Jolie’s first experience with the criminal justice system was during her undergraduate studies. Her experience working within the justice field deepened her interest in the criminal justice system. During this time, she recognized a lack of compassion for victims and survivors within the criminal justice system. 

Her most significant accomplishments with LAVO are establishing a community for service providers to connect and learn, expanding outreach efforts for post-conviction victim services and rights to the statewide level, and establishing a one-of-a-kind conference to support professionals working with victims and survivors.

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