BRPD addresses uptick in deadly domestic violence cases

Prevention experts share tips on how victims can escape domestic violence

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - The Baton Rouge Police Department held a press conference about domestic violence awareness Tuesday Oct. 6.

The press conference focused on the increased number of cases in Baton Rouge in 2020 as compared to 2019.

BRPD press conference on domestic violence.

Authorities at the press conference say they’ve arrested 23 wanted fugitives recently in connection with domestic violence cases. BRPD officials hope the other seven who are wanted will be captured soon.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to contact the Violent Crime Unit at 225-389-4869, the EBRSO at 389-5000 or Crime Stoppers at 225-344-7867.

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BRPD is looking for domestic violence wanted fugitives.
BRPD is looking for domestic violence wanted fugitives. (Source: Baker Police Department)

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and in 2020, Baton Rouge has seen an unusually high number of domestic violence-related deaths. So far in 2020, 16 people have died in domestic incidents, District Attorney Hillar Moore says. That’s compared to two in all of 2019.

“It’s very disturbing that we’ve had such an uptick in cases, calls, and arrests, and murders. Nobody wakes up and says, ‘This is what I want my life to be.’ It just happens. When you realize you’re in it, you’re already in it,” said Twahna Harris with The Butterfly Society, a non-profit organization that aims to bring awareness to the plight of domestic violence victims.

Harris started The Butterfly Society after her own experience with domestic abuse. As she helps others overcome those dark times, she says she also hopes to change the idea that only women are victims.

“When it comes to men, it’s very under-reported and very seldom spoken of, so we want the community to know that one in four men will experience some type of intimate partner violence in their lifetime,” said Harris.

If you or someone you know needs help, you can contact The Butterfly Society by calling 225-347-7725 or emailing thebutterflysociety@gmail.com.

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