Domestic violence rally set for downtown Baton Rouge

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Officials are scheduled to gather to speak out against domestic violence Monday evening.

A candlelight vigil will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Town Square in downtown Baton Rouge.

Louisiana is ranked among the states with the highest number of domestic violence cases and homicides.

The vigil is being sponsored by Iris Domestic Violence Center.

"The people we have lost have been women, men, and children, young and old, white and black, straight and gay," said Judy Benitez, executive director of Iris Domestic Violence Center. "People forget that an abuser doesn't just kill his partner. Many of them will kill whoever gets in the way."

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