BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – Louisiana is facing several challenges in addressing domestic violence, that’s according to a new report released Monday morning from the Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s office.
The report states that Louisiana has a gap in services for victims, does not have enough domestic violence shelter beds, and protective orders are not consistently implemented.
Auditors also found that intervention programs aimed at perpetrators have no oversight because no entity is responsible for monitoring them. The audit was done because Louisiana has one of the highest female homicide rates in the country.
Auditors encourage the state to provide more funding to address the issue and increase awareness in public schools.
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