Holidays bring up challenges for domestic violence victims

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Domestic violence is an on-going danger that is often swept under the rug. During the holiday season, there is a big emphasis on family.  Officials say a lot of victims will bear the abuse just to be home. 

Valerie Bowman, is the Director of the Wellspring Domestic Violence Program as well as the Family Justice Center (FJC) of Ouachita Parish, says it is common for women to try to stay during holidays.

The Wellspring Domestic Violence program is hoping to helping by offering legal services that they hope in the long run could likely save lives.

It also has a 24-hour hotline you can call and learn about all the options available . 

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office says early intervention is key, especially this time of year, when stress levels are often already high.

“Intervention programs that we have today are some of the best that we have seen that have actually started actually working in these types of situations so it is not the end of the world and I do not want a victim to believe that is is the end of the world because there is always tomorrow and we can work with that,” said Lieutenant Renee Smith.

If you are a victim or know someone who is, call the hotline at (318) 323-1505. There is also a free number for those who have to call long-distance. It is 1-800-411-1333.

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