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Gov. Edwards Declares October Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Domestic Violence Awareness Purple Ribbon

Gov. John Bel Edwards has proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness month in Louisiana. In addition, the Governor’s Mansion will also be lit purple October 15-22 to raise awareness about this violent crime which impacts over four million Americans every year. 

“It is shocking but true, Louisiana ranks third nationally when it comes to domestic violence and we should all be moved to bring an end to this senseless act,” said Gov. Edwards. “Research shows that nearly half of all children who are exposed to domestic violence can experience lifelong trauma. It impacts every race, gender and income level, which is why it is incumbent upon all of us to become educated about it and work together to help survivors and their families.”

Women in Louisiana are killed by men at a rate of 2 per 100,000 females and children whose mothers are victimized are 50 percent more likely to have traumatic repercussions that last a lifetime.