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LBF awards nearly $300,000 to domestic violence agencies

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

BATON ROUGE - In 2013, the Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) awarded $299,250 in grants to 16 domestic violence agencies across Louisiana.

October is observed nationally as Domestic Violence Awareness Month. One out of every four women in a relationship will experience some sort of physical abuse in their lifetime.

Domestic violence cuts across all socioeconomic lines effecting rich, poor, black, white, young and old.

Did you know that:

• nationally, an estimated 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault by an intimate partner each year;

• of the reported adult domestic violence cases, 95 percent are women and 5 percent are men;

• the average number of times a battered woman may leave from, and return to her batterer is between five and seven;

• boys who witness domestic violence are twice as likely to abuse their own partners and children when they become adults;

• domestic violence is more than three times as likely to occur when couples are experiencing high levels of financial strain;

• Louisiana leads the nation in the number of deaths from domestic violence.

In just one year more than 8,000 women and more than 4,000 children received domestic violence services from shelters in Louisiana and more than 3,000 orders for protection were issued.

The children who repeatedly witness abuse learn and accept that behavior as a correct organized pattern of relationships.

LBF supports 16 domestic violence shelters statewide. These agencies enable people to leave abusive relationships and seek safety.

The essential services provided by these agencies range from providing communities with a 24-hour crisis line, shelter for abused spouses and their children, legal services, education of domestic and dating violence and establishing collaborative relationships with law enforcement, judges, clerks of court and prosecutors.