October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

…but every day of every month of every year is a good day to help someone get free from domestic violence.

IT CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE

Domestic Violence can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. Victims are daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, disabled, and the elderly.  It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating.  Domestic violence affects people of all socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels.

Louisiana Ranks SECOND AMONG DEADLIEST STATES FOR WOMEN

According to the Violence Policy Center based in Washington D. C., a 2016 report found that Louisiana failed to make progress seen in the rest of the nation.  The rate in Louisiana remains 2.15 per 100,000, double the national average.

A number of factors contribute to the problem in Louisiana:  lack of services for victims and limited safety resources for domestic violence survivors.  There are large areas with little or no advocacy services and not enough shelter beds.

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We must speak openly and acknowledge how domestic abuse affects our communities, our families and our lives.  We must be brave.  We have to SEE DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

Louisiana Statewide Hotline:  1-888-411-1333

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