We've heard far too many stories recently of women being killed or injured as a result of domestic violence. In fact, nearly 20 percent of all people killed in East Baton Rouge Parish the first six months of this year were victims of domestic violence. And, Baton Rouge is not alone.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence says one in every four women will experience some type of domestic violence in her lifetime. One in four, that is hard to believe. Most cases are never reported to police. And, when they are, prosecution rarely happens.
Domestic violence cases make up 95 percent of all dropped cases in East Baton Rouge. Experts say there are many reasons. The victim may feel coerced, threatened, or dependant on the person charged. They may believe they are all alone.