Louisiana ranks third in domestic violence rates

Monday, September 26, 2011 - 11:55am

Louisiana ranks third in the nation for women killed by their estranged domestic partners. That's according to the Women's Center for Public Policy. Those numbers hit close to home in Shreveport-Bossier, which has seen four spousal murder-suicides this year.

Last week, two more men were arrested for domestic abuse, including D'Angelo Robinson, who walked up to his wife's home Friday and fired a weapon into the air. He's currently behind bars. So why such high rates for this area. "That's something that we, as advocates, struggle with all the time, what we can differently," says Shirley Stewart of the Providence House.

But advocates like Stewart do want women to know there are places they can go for help. The Providence House of Shreveport provides counseling for all domestic violence victims and has a secure shelter in an undisclosed location. Norma Belton says the most important thing is to be informed about what domestic violence is...and how to prevent it. "We provide a safety plan, which is very important for women in dangerous situations. It can save their lives."

For more information about the Providence House or if you're a victim of violence, call the hotline at  1-888-411-1333 or 318-671-7240.

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