House committee approves bills to include more couples in domestic abuse laws
Posted on 4/27/2017 6:04:00 AM.

Two bills approved by the House Criminal Justice Committee seek to extend domestic violence protections to more Louisiana couples. One proposal by Harvey Representative Patrick Connick would include same sex couples in domestic abuse laws. Baton Rouge Representative Denise Marcelle supports the measure.

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House approves bill to help domestic abuse victims protect themselves
Posted on 5/12/2016 11:54:00 AM.

Legislation to allow victims of domestic violence with a protective order to carry a concealed handgun for 45 days without training will be heard in the Senate after getting approval from the House. Denham Springs Rep. Valarie Hodges, says her bill provides an expedited process for a victim to seek concealed carry training.

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Louisiana ranks fourth in the nation in the number of women killed by men
Posted on 9/15/2015 1:35:00 PM.
An annual study released today by The Violence Policy Center says Louisiana ranks number 4 in the nation in the rate of women who are murdered by men. The report indicates our state has ranked among the top 10 states in this category for a fifth year in a row.  
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Alexandria man arrested for allegedly throwing baby
Posted on 5/15/2015 11:56:00 AM.
Alexandria Police have arrested a man accused of throwing an eight-month-old baby against a wall.  Deputy Chief Cedric Green says they received a call from the baby's mother saying 20-year-old Devontee Smith kicked in the back door of her residence and threatened her and and the baby.  
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Saints player arrested on domestic abuse charges
Posted on 1/5/2015 1:34:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
The Kenner Police Department says New Orleans Saints outside linebacker Junior Galette is under arrest and booked with domestic abuse battery. They say the incident involved a female acquaintance who sustained injuries including blood coming out of her ear when her earring was apparently ripped out.
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Immediate divorce now allowed for domestic violence victims
Posted on 8/1/2014 11:30:00 AM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
Another one of the state's 551 laws that go into effect today would grant an immediate divorce in domestic violence situations. New Orleans Senator JP Morrell says before today, even if you had tons of evidence that you were a victim of domestic violence, you'd still have to wait 6 months to a year before you get a divorce.
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Bill putting harsher gun restrictions on domestic violence offenders advances
Posted on 3/26/2014 4:52:00 PM.
Michelle Southern reporting.
A bill that puts tougher gun restrictions on people who are involved in certain domestic violence situations clears committee Wednesday. The legislation by New Orleans Rep. Helena Moreno prohibits a person convicted of misdemeanor domestic abuse battery from possessing a gun for 10 years. Moreno testified with disturbing homicide statistics.

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Anacoco man faces multiple counts of attempted murder
Posted on 3/10/2014 12:34:00 PM.
Authorities say a 32-year-old Anacoco man is facing seven counts of attempted second-degree murder after setting fire to a trailer following a domestic dispute.Major Marvin Hilton with the Vernon Parish Sheriff's office said James Aubery Moses was arrested early Sunday morning.
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