Dozens gather at Capitol for domestic violence vigil
BATON ROUGE - A group gathered on the Capitol steps Thursday evening to call attention to the wide-spread issue of domestic violence in Louisiana.
People shared their stories and paid tribute to those who died because of violence at home. The vigil honored Aleria Cyrus Reed and other victims of domestic violence.
Reed was murdered on January 15, 2014 by her estranged husband, in front of her children. Since that day friends and family created an organization with a promise to bring help to families impacted by domestic violence.
"That we will do all we can to bring action to domestic violence and to also educate the community on the horrors of domestic violence," said Vanessa LaFleur, co-chair of the Aleria's Promise Campaign.
"It's going to send a message; and that message is domestic violence is not at all tolerable," said LaFleur.
So far this year, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office has responded to more than 700 domestic violence calls.
Tougher domestic violence laws went on the books on August 1st. Also, East Baton Rouge is planning a special court to handle cases. Click HERE to read more.
Click HERE for the IRIS Domestic Violence Center information
Click HERE for the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence
If you or someone you know is in immediate danger call 911.