4th Annual Family Violence workshop promotes a "Blueprint for Ch - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

4th Annual Family Violence workshop promotes a 'Blueprint for Change'

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) -

The 4th Annual Preventing Family Violence Workshop themed, "Blueprint for Change," is being held Friday at McNeese State University, giving hundreds the opportunity to learn how to cope with and end family violence.

According to a study released by the Violence Policy Center in October, Louisiana ranks fourth in the country for number of murders of women at the hands of men. In that same demographic, Calcasieu Parish ranks in the top five parishes in the state. While sexual violence may be the most prevalent, organizers of this year's family violence workshop are broadening what people think is violence to include child abuse, animal abuse, sexual abuse and domestic abuse.

"It's a mutual cooperative effort," said CPSO Commander Mike Byrne. "You have to learn to set aside the turf wars and work together to accomplish things."

Working together is the main objective for SART, the Sexual Assault Resource Team which is made up of representatives from the Sheriff's Office, Lake Charles Memorial Hospital, Oasis' Violence Programs, The People's Advocate and the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office.

"They meet every two months to discuss cases and how to move forward," said Beth Zilbert, executive director of The People's Advocate in Lake Charles.

"Many times when people are victims of criminal activity, they can wait long periods of time before resolutions come about. SART helps to shorten that time," Zilbert said.

Hear more from Zilbert and state officials who work towards ending family violence on later editions of 7News.

Copyright 2012 KPLC. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Garth Brooks world tour stops in Lafayette

    Garth Brooks world tour stops in Lafayette

    Friday, June 23 2017 11:04 PM EDT2017-06-24 03:04:05 GMT

    Country music star Garth Brooks continues his three-year world tour with his wife Trisha Yearwood tonight in Lafayette, the first of five shows in the city. 

    More >>

    Country music star Garth Brooks continues his three-year world tour with his wife Trisha Yearwood tonight in Lafayette, the first of five shows in the city. 

    More >>
  • Cawthorne murder trial abruptly recesses until Monday

    Cawthorne murder trial abruptly recesses until Monday

    Friday, June 23 2017 9:50 PM EDT2017-06-24 01:50:56 GMT

    The trial of Roderick Cawthorne Junior was abruptly recessed in the afternoon. That’s after the defense objected to a DNA expert for the state, who was to testify long distance via Skype. Cawthorne is charged with second degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of Charles Raymond Talen Senior. Talen was found dead in his Lake Arthur home February 21, 2015.  As in all such cases, an attempt was made to find evidence to be tested to determine who may ha...

    More >>

    The trial of Roderick Cawthorne Junior was abruptly recessed in the afternoon. That’s after the defense objected to a DNA expert for the state, who was to testify long distance via Skype. Cawthorne is charged with second degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of Charles Raymond Talen Senior. Talen was found dead in his Lake Arthur home February 21, 2015.  As in all such cases, an attempt was made to find evidence to be tested to determine who may ha...

    More >>
  • Fighting fire ants a battle in Southwest Louisiana

    Fighting fire ants a battle in Southwest Louisiana

    Friday, June 23 2017 8:12 PM EDT2017-06-24 00:12:52 GMT
    Source: PBSSource: PBS

    It's a war all too many of us have fought and likely lost at one point or another - dealing with fire ants. Jimmy Meaux, extension agent for the LSU Ag Center in Lake Charles, said fighting fire ants is a non-stop battle. "These big mounds you see are constantly moving," Meaux said. "They're here to stay in Southwest Louisiana." Meaux said one of the most effective ways to kill fire ants is with insecticide and bait. But if a neighborhood collectively has a...

    More >>

    It's a war all too many of us have fought and likely lost at one point or another - dealing with fire ants. Jimmy Meaux, extension agent for the LSU Ag Center in Lake Charles, said fighting fire ants is a non-stop battle. "These big mounds you see are constantly moving," Meaux said. "They're here to stay in Southwest Louisiana." Meaux said one of the most effective ways to kill fire ants is with insecticide and bait. But if a neighborhood collectively has a...

    More >>
Powered by Frankly