BATON ROUGE, La. (Office of the Governor) - Governor John Bel Edwards has declared October Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Louisiana.
On Tuesday, the Governor's Office on Women's Policy joined advocates and leaders in recognizing the survivors and issuing a statewide call to action to promote the prevention of domestic violence and provide more support to the families of victims and survivors.
“This is one of the most heinous crimes in our society that sadly happens more often than we realize, but it is our responsibility to make it clear that this kind of behavior is not acceptable,” said Governor Edwards. “Not only does it hurt the adults involved, but children are often victimized and can experience lifelong repercussions from the emotional and physical trauma of being exposed to this type of violence. My administration is committed to working alongside survivors and advocates to implement effective policies that provide support where it’s needed and to hold those who inflict such harm accountable for their actions.”
Domestic violence affects more than four million Americans each year, and the Violence Policy Center reports that Louisiana has the third highest rate in the nation of women who are murdered by men.
“Abusive behavior is learned behavior that can impact generations, but the cycle can be broken through a coordinated effort by families and communities,” said First Lady Donna Edwards. “This impacts Louisianans of all races, genders and socioeconomic backgrounds. While progress is being made in other states, our state is falling behind and too many people are hurting. By raising awareness, we hope more people will learn to recognize the warning signs, help those who are suffering, and prevent this terrible pattern of behavior from beginning.”
In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, purple ribbons have been tied along the front gate of the Governor’s Mansion and on Tuesday night, the mansion was lit up in purple. Also, to help recognize survivors, throughout the month of October they encourage the use of #DomesticViolence and #NoMoreExcuses.