Louisiana is ranked number three in the nation for women murdered by men in single victim/single offender incidents nationwide.

"When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of Homicide Data," a study in 2015 states that although the nation dropped from 29 percent in the rate of women murdered by men, Louisiana has failed to make progress and is double the national average.

The good news is that victims of domestic violence can find help in Bastrop.

The Wellspring offers aid to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking.

Rachel Niblett, Wellspring marketing coordinator, said they provide counseling, case management, and three life skills classes.

"We help people search for a job, and we provide safe housing when available," she said. "We help victims with the process of restraining orders."

"When Men Murder Women: An Analysis of Homicide Data," states that in 2015, 53 women were murdered by males in Louisiana. Out of the 53 victims, 27 were white, 25 were black and one was one of an unknown race. Of those, 98 percent of them were murdered by someone they knew.

For assistance, call The Wellspring at 281.3655 or stop by at 1111 West Hickory Street. For an emergency, call the 24 hour crisis line at 323.1505.