LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – According to a new report, Louisiana ranks number one for female homicides.
The findings were released by the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence after they examined data provided by the FBI.
The report found Louisiana's female homicide rate at nearly double the national average, with a homicide rate of 2.53 per 100,000. The report also said 90 percent of the homicides were committed by someone the victim knew and 55 percent of the time by an estranged husband or boyfriend. Most of the homicides occurred
Trista Goodly with The People's Advocate of Southwest Louisiana, a foundation that helps abused women, children and animals, said she is not surprised by the report's findings, which also found 2/3 of the victims were African-American.
"It is a problem, but the thing is a lot of people don't report it as they should," said Goodly. "I think we'll never solve the violence against women unless we look at the whole picture…as to where the violence comes from."
The statistics released by the LCADV are preliminary statistics made available to state legislators. A full report will be released on June 30th.
If you are a victim of domestic violence, help is available.
Call the Calcasieu Women's Shelter at (337) 436-4552. You can also find additional information here.
To read House Bill 554, a bill introduced by Rep. Mike Danahay to delay the release of suspects accused of domestic violence, click here.