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Domestic violence is a gun violence problem. Gun violence is a domestic violence problem

Louisiana has a domestic violence problem, and it needs to be addressed fast

By Lesly Lila, Amnesty International Gender, Sexuality and Identity Campaigner

Why it’s an issue

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Louisiana: 64 parishes = 64 different responses to domestic violence

Abusers are even more dangerous when they have guns

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In Louisiana, 69% of intimate partner violence homicides involved firearms in 2018

The police will not always help

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Between 2013–2018, 85% of all people who were shot by an intimate partner in Louisiana were women

Getting protection from courts is not always an option

Part of the process for protection against intimate partner violence is securing what’s called a “protective order,” which legally requires the person to stop threatening or hurting you, to stay away from you, and now in Louisiana since January: to give up their guns for the duration of the order. But you have to go to a civil court, and the majority of people will have to represent themselves because there is not enough funding for legal aid. They might have to personally cross-examine their abuser and be cross-examined by them as well. This can be extremely traumatic for survivors and can discourage them from going to court in the first place.

What needs to happen now?

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Justice should not depend on where you live

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