Domestic Violence Victims Speak Out in Ouachita Parish

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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - A report done by the Violence Policy Center found Louisiana to be one of the deadliest states for women.

Using FBI crime data from 2015, Louisiana ranked third, followed by Nevada, for most women deaths caused my men.

The report showed that 98% of the victims actually knew their killer.

Today, victims of domestic violence held an event in Ouachita Parish to bring awareness to the issue.

Director of the Domestic Violence and Family Justice Center Valerie Bowman says her main goal is to get victims the information they need before the violence becomes deadly.

"Events like this get us in the community to share that information," she says. "It also provides information to the survivors and victims that are out there that need our help."

Bowman also says that domestic violence affects all genders and ages.

Victims are encouraged to contact the LCADV hotline that focuses on helping those dealing with domestic violence at 1-888-411-1333.