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December 28, 2020

New Years and Domestic Violence: A Dangerous Mix

A Message from Attorney General Jeff Landry

Celebrating the New Year is a time for laughter, celebration, and goal-setting. And after a year like 2020, you probably think everyone is excited to begin a new journey around the Sun. But for victims of domestic violence, this can be a scary and dangerous time.

Studies show incidents of domestic violence are higher on New Year’s Day than the normal daily average. Increased stress and alcohol consumption provide the perfect excuse for abusers to perpetrate violence against their victims. This year, with end-of-year budget woes and relatives forced together in close quarters, could further exacerbate that combination.

Signs of an abusive relationship can include: jealousy, controlling behavior, quick involvement, unrealistic expectations, isolation, blame of others for problems, blame of others for feelings, dual personality, past battering, hypersensitivity, cruelty to animals or children, verbal abuse, threats of violence, and use of force during argument.

“We know that domestic violence survivors often face difficulties staying safe on major holidays. The New Year holiday provides us with an opportunity to renew our commitment to ensuring the safety of Louisiana families all year round,” said Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence (LCADV) Executive Director Moriah Wineski. “It’s important for everyone to know the signs of domestic abuse, provide support for victims, and work to hold perpetrators accountable before the violence escalates.”

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry encourages anyone in a dangerous situation who needs resources or to talk to someone to call the LCADV's 24-hour toll-free hotline at 1-888-411-1333. If immediate help is needed, dial 911.

“If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, please get help,” said Attorney General Jeff Landry. “No one deserves to be abused.”

Attorney General Jeff Landry has made ending domestic violence in Louisiana one of his top priorities. In just the last 15 months, Attorney General Landry’s Office has trained over 1,100 people within the State’s criminal justice system to help achieve better victim-centered care and offender accountability. Additionally, Attorney General Landry and his team have partnered with the LCADV and hundreds of local businesses to Break the Silence on Domestic Violence - placing over 2,500 public service announcement posters and distributing over 10,000 informational brochures. Recently, Attorney General Landry secured 5,000 pieces of clothing most of which has already been delivered to Louisiana’s 17 domestic violence shelters.

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