Recent cases of domestic violence in the Baton Rouge area have many residents alarmed. In Louisiana, 81 percent of women who are murdered, are killed by a partner or ex partner.
John Pierce with the IRIS Domestic Violence Center said there are warning signs that both women and men should pay attention to.
Pierce said, “If a person is very quick to get into a relationship, tries to control you and tries to keep you away from friends and shows jealousy, may take your financial paycheck or try to control the finances, threatens you in any way or tries to intimidate you. “
Recently the Louisiana Senate agreed to extend the state’s domestic violence protections to same sex couples. Pierce said all relationships especially those where there is no marriage, need to be protected.
“Louisiana was one of only two states that did not recognize certain classes of individuals, like same sex situations. The opposition was, we are a conservative state. These bills were not trying to change any of that. They were not about changing any of that. They were about affording additional protection to individuals particularly individuals that belong to that subset where most domestic abuse occurs. And that is not in a husband wife situation, said Pierce.”
Domestic violence occurs far too often, in most cases the woman is the victim.
Coreen Scott said , ” I say this to people all the time, people don’t just walk into domestic violence situations they wake up in them. “
Coreen Scott said, being a former battered woman herself, places like the IRIS Center help people make tough decisions.
Scott said, “A little over 19 years ago, me and my kids actually lived here. Do a safety plan. Find out what your situation is .What would be the best options for you to leave that situation. When to leave that situation. In a safe manner, versus trying to do it on your own.”
If you or anyone you know are being impacted by domestic violence and feel there is no way out, call the IRIS Center (225-389-3001) or a domestic violence center in your area.