“Every year we use supplementary homicide data from the FBI to look at the rate in which women are killed by men,” said Kristen Rand, Legislative Director with The Violence Policy Center.
The study currently has Louisiana rated third in the country, Rand says guns are one of the main factors.
“67 percent of victims were intimate partners of the offenders and 64 percent of victims were killed with guns,” said Rand.
She says it’s important to prioritize the issue to make people aware and provide resources.
“Faith House is a domestic violence crisis center,” said Development Director, Michelle Voss.
Faith House supports survivors and offers a variety of services including legal assistance.
“We have a 24 hour crisis line, a 45 bed emergency shelter, as well transitional housing,” said Voss.
According to Rand, Louisiana is at one of its highest rates since starting the study in 2002. Letesha Davis with Faith House thinks people need to take this issue seriously.
“One of the most important things is holding abusers accountable. I think for years Louisiana has struggled with that,” said Davis.