LIVINGSTON PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Laurie Lobell knows how it feels to lose someone to domestic violence. She lost her sister and nephew in 2010.
"I can't really express what they mean to me," said Lobell.
Several schools in Livingston Parish wore purple Thursday to promote awareness. Something Lobell wishes her sister knew more about.
"I just wish she had a support system," said Lobell.
Women Outreaching Women is a women's support group that has been fighting against domestic violence. Executive Director Heather Boley says she has seen some of the worst cases.
"I've seen some pull up with a baseball bat coming out of their windshield. I've seen some come in here cut with a box cutter, "said Boley.
Boley says there are several signs of an abuser. She says most tend to prey on those who are meek and soft spoken. And in public, abusers can often present themselves as mild mannered.
"They generally are very secluded, they are very inward people. They are not outgoing and outspoken. But behind closed doors that's when it tends to change, "said Boley.
Louisiana is ranked first in domestic violence.