Study ranks Louisiana high for women killed by men; Faith House speaks out

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CROWLEY, La. (KLFY) –  The Crowley Police Department has released new information in last Friday’s homicide.
Investigators now say Heather Mouton was shot to death by her estranged husband, Demetric Savoy, early Friday morning just hours after she filed a protective order against him, after years of alleged domestic abuse.

Faith House is now stepping forward to show just how common this is.

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men, have been victims of physical violence by an intimate partner within their lifetime.

And one survey is putting Louisiana at the top of a disturbing list.

“She (Heather Mouton) told me she was not going back. She was tired of getting beat on, abused, ugly, just mean person (Demetric Savoy),” said Jacqueline Mouton, the mother of Heather Mouton.

“When the restraining order is issued, if there’s no violence that occurs. Usually, the first violation of the protective order is a misdemeanor offense. But as we discovered with this particular case, he (Demetric Savoy) was served that morning (Thursday). His first offense was a deadly one,” said Jimmy Broussard, Crowley Police Chief.

Domestic violence turning physical and even deadly is something Billi Lacombe, Executive Director of Faith House, says she sadly sees almost every day.

“Every year we see about 3000 women, men, and children, who have been victims of domestic violence, and it’s just some of the most horrific stories you can imagine,” said Lacombe.

According to a report by the Violence Policy Center, “When Men Murder Women, An Analysis of 2015 Homicide Data,” the study ranks Louisiana third in the nation when it comes to women murdered by men.
That’s the seventh year in a row the state is ranked in the top 10. 
And, 93% of female victims were murdered by a male they knew. 

“Most people think that it’s easy, or that it ends the violence when the victim leaves, but in fact, it can often escalate, as we’ve seen in recent situations,” Lacombe said.

There are some ways for individuals in a domestic violence situation to get help and avoid a possible tragedy. 

“Make a plan, that’s most important. Plan for your safety, go somewhere where you can’t be found, and reach out to Faith House.

Lacombe tells News 10 the legislature has been working to pass progressive domestic violence laws.
Along with more community collaboration, and with the assistance of local law enforcement, she’s hoping this could bring these stats down. 

If you would like to learn more about Faith House and the services they provide, visit their website.

If you need immediate assistance, Faith House has a 24 Hour Confidential Hotline: 1-888-411-1333.

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