"Even though the young man committed a very dangerous and very lethal behavior," explained the coalition's interim director, Mariah Stidham Wineski, the officer couldn't charge the boyfriend with a crime that carries enhanced penalties for strangulation -- a known predictor of future lethal force in domestic situations -- because the law did not recognize the act as domestic abuse.Wineski's organization, with the support of some in law enforcement and a handful of individual district attorneys, has since worked with State Rep.Teens receive messages about how to behave in relationships from peers, adults, and the media.All too often these examples suggest that violence in a relationship is normal, but violence is never acceptable. The risk of having unhealthy relationships increases for teens who: Communicating with your partner, managing uncomfortable emotions like anger and jealousy, and treating others with respect are a few ways to keep relationships healthy and nonviolent.Dating violence can be prevented when teens, families, organizations, and communities work together to implement effective prevention strategies. Helena Moreno, D-New Orleans, speaks Tuesday, May 2, 2017, on the House floor at the Capitol in Baton Rouge.Below are just a few: Teen dating violence is widespread with serious long-term and short-term effects.
The officer complained about a loophole in the state's domestic abuse battery statute that the Louisiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence has for years wanted fixed: domestic violence laws only apply to couples who are married, live together or have children together.
Troy Brown, who resigned his seat in February after he was twice convicted in a four-month period of committing simple battery on his girlfriend and later, misdemeanor domestic abuse battery of his wife.
Had Moreno's legislation been law, Brown could have been charged with battery of a dating partner for attacking his girlfriend.
A 2016 report from Violence Policy Center, a nonprofit focused on violence education, found in a review of 2014 homicide data that Louisiana was second only to Alaska in the number of women, per capita, killed by men.
A cat looks out from the crime scene as New Orleans Police investigate a homicide in the left side of a double in the 2000 block of Spain Street where Kelley Ann Hetterick was killed in what police are calling a domestic situation on Thursday morning, June 9, 2016.