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Woman plans on starting stalking support group

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BATON ROUGE - At the time of year city officials say they see an increase in domestic violence, a Baton Rouge stalking victim is starting a support group for people who find themselves in similar situations.

"I didn't have anyone I could talk to when I was dealing with the whole stalking process," said Daria Vinning.

It's why she's working to set up a group for others to have people to talk to. Eventually, she wants to offer self defense training classes and teach people how to get protective orders.

Thousands of domestic violence arrest warrants remain open due to a backlog of cases. The Baton Rouge City Constable's Office is responsible for clearing some of those warrants, and officials said they typically see an increase in domestic violence-related incidents around the holidays.

"I just want victims to know they are not alone and there are resources out there to help them through their ordeal," Vinning said.

According to the Baton Rouge City Constable's Office, Louisiana ranks number one when it comes to domestic violence homicides.  Also, 40 percent of all uniform patrol calls are a result of a domestic incident.

"Any support group we have to support victims will be wonderful.  A lot of information has to be relayed to victims and ti's hard for public service agencies to get that to victims," said Captain John Lawton with the City Constable's Office.

Vinning's hopes the group she created will meet sometime in January.   Until then, she urges anyone who is a victim of domestic violence to call law enforcement.

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