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KSLA News 12 Guest Editorial: Sept. 30th-Domestic Violence

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month .Domestic violence is an epidemic in our community.

It happens every day and can happen to anyone, regardless of race, financial status, or religion. In fact, 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in their life time. In one recent week, Shreveport police responded to 63 domestic violence calls.

Caddo Parish-Shreveport ranks at the top of the list in the state for the number of domestic violence-related homicides. Chances are you know someone who is currently experiencing or has experienced domestic violence.

What can you do to help end violence against women?

If you suspect domestic violence call the confidential and anonymous, 24 hour Providence House crisis line at 318-226-5015 and report what you've seen, heard or suspect. We will report the incident to the police, who will follow-up on the situation.

If you are experiencing domestic violence, you do not have to continue living in fear. We can help by providing a safe place, a safety plan or just information by calling hotline. If you do not have access to a phone, go to a fire station and they will provide emergency treatment and transportation to a safe place.

Imagine a community where no one lives in fear. Let's all do our part.

I'm Simone Hennessee with Providence House.

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