In Louisiana, domestic violence remains a growing problem. No region wants to lead in areas of violence and the mistreatment of women and children, but this is often the case for the Pelican State. Still, it is important to note that many of the people who become perpetrators of domestic violence were once victims themselves. Thus, it is important to take steps to break the cycle.

According to USA Today, Louisiana has the highest rates of women murdered by men. At 2.15 murders per 100,000 residents, this was twice the national average in 2014. The state also ranked second-highest when it came to murders committed by intimate partners. Intimate partner violence is responsible for 21% of the overall crime rate in the state and 15% of violent crimes.

Researchers have tried to identify the factors that lead to such high rates of violence between partners, especially against women. They found that low educational levels, poverty and substance abuse played significant roles.

There are ways people may get help, preferably before it spirals out of control. USA Today recommends the following options:

  • Louisiana Department of Child and Family Services at 1-855-4LA-KIDS (1-855-452-5437)
  • Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence at 1-888-411-1333
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233

CNN estimates that nationwide, one in seven men and one in four women experience violence from an intimate partner. In fact, one of every six murder victims die at the hands of an intimate partner. These acts of violence are most often perpetrated by men and women are most often the victims. However, neither of these holds true for all cases.

The source of violence in men often dates back to childhood experiences, especially if boys were discouraged from expressing emotions. In fact, researchers believe that rigid gender roles and gender inequalities are responsible for the continued cycle of domestic violence.