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Arnaudville not exempt from domestic violence...

3/16/14


On a recent walk, I was engaged in a discussion about domestic violence.  This citizen was unhappy with the local response.  Without all of the information, I could only make general statements on how, and in what way police should respond.  Domestic violence in Louisiana is a huge problem, and I can only assume it even occurs in Arnaudville.  I do know that there are resources available to victims, and would encourage any woman who is a victim, or feels trapped in a relationship that is abusive, to call 2-1-1 or 232-HELP for information on local programs.

Currently, there are several bills regarding Domestic Violence that have been introduced to the state legislature by Rep. Helena Moreno and Sen. J.P Morrell.  (Click here to read a summary of them).  It is incumbent upon every law enforcement agency to keep track of these bills, and be prepared to uphold any laws or amendments that come out of this legislative session.   Here are a few:

  • Exemplary Damages:  This bill authorizes the award of damages in lawsuits claiming injury caused by a family or household member regardless of whether the defendant was prosecuted for such acts.  In other words, victims of domestic violence can sue the husband or boyfriend for damages.
  • Immediate Divorce:  In Louisiana, it is required to wait 180 days before a divorce is granted. This bill will allow an immediate divorce upon a finding by a court that the other spouse has physically or sexually abused the spouse seeking a divorce.
  • Protective Order:  Currently, clerks of court are required to transmit protective orders to the Louisiana Protective Order Registry no later than close of business the day following issuance by a judge.  This bill expedites the transmittal to the state registry directly and electronically by judges on the same day it is ordered.  This bill further requires that law enforcement officers immediately arrest a person in violation of a protective order, and presumes that a person in violation of the protective order is the aggressor to avoid arrest of the person protected.
  • Firearm Possession:  Louisiana consistently leads the nation in domestic violence homicides with 74% committed with a firearm.  This bill corrects a loop-hole in the federal law that Louisiana has used.  Finally, this bill permits officers to confiscate firearms at a domestic violence scene if the abuser is subject to a protective order or if there is a threat of imminent danger. 

Other bills and amendments are included in this package, and some have to do with firearms, and restriction of firearm ownership for those under protective orders.  I suggest that you go to the website for more information.


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