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Domestic violence: Victims' advocate says safety plan is a must

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Vicki Britain says people who experience domestic violence should have an escape plan in place. Vicki Britain says people who experience domestic violence should have an escape plan in place.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Domestic violence led to a homicide Monday night homicide in Shreveport, and an advocate for awareness said it's critical for victims to have an exit plan in place to seek refuge.

Karen Johnson, 41, was found dead Monday under a carport of a home on Valley View Drive. Anton Cooley, 41, is charged with her murder, and according to detectives this homicide is related to a domestic dispute.

"Domestic violence, it can kill you," said Vicki Britain.

She remembers when domestic violence struck her family back in 2008. Britain's daughter, Tavia Sills, was shot three times and pushed into a Shreveport pond. Sills' ex-boyfriend Lemondre Tucker was convicted of her murder.

Britain now works as an advocate for victims, speaking about the dangers of domestic violence.

"We always tell them to get a safety plan, so that you will know what to do so that you can get out of this situation," Britain said.

According to the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, between 2010 and 2012 there were 178 deaths due to domestic violence in the state.

Britain said she might know what the Johnson family needs to get through their recent loss.

"The one thing that they need the greatest is prayer," she said.

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