Local organization offers support to victims of domestic violence

SHREVEPORT, La (KTAL/KMSS) — Domestic violence has affected at least three victims in Shreveport over the past week, killing two out of three.

Petrina Jenkins, director of education and community outreach for Project Celebration, says a husband or boyfriend has physically assaulted one in four women at some point in their life, and Louisiana is no exception. .

“This year alone, Louisiana ranks right now, we’re number four. Last year we were number five.

Angie Anders became one of the latest victims of domestic violence in Shreveport last Friday. The 47-year-old was found suffering a fatal gunshot wound in her car in the South Highlands neighborhood of Shreveport. Her boyfriend, William Cherry, 58, was found dead of an apparently self-conflicted gunshot wound hours after he barricaded himself inside his house on the same street.

On Easter Sunday, 16-year-old Shakyra Gray was shot and killed in a house in the 100 block of East Gregg Street in Shreveport. Her boyfriend, Treylin Dillard, 19, is charged with second degree murder.

Another 19-year-old, Anthony Marshall, was arrested last Wednesday and charged with breaching a restraining order and unlawful possession of weapons after police were called to a business on N. Market Street for a report of unrest and learned that Marshall had supposedly pulled out a gun and verbally threatened to kill the victim. The police found a gun in his vehicle. He was later charged over a drive-by shooting in Cherokee Park last summer that injured a 16-year-old.

Three incidents of domestic violence involving firearms in five days, all in Shreveport.

“Unfortunately, Caddo Parish tops those numbers as well. It happens more often than you might think,” Petrina Jenkins said. “There are so many hurdles a woman trying to leave an abusive relationship has to overcome.”

But Jenkins says women aren’t the only victims of abuse.

“Men can absolutely be victims of domestic violence, and we serve them too.”

According to Jenkins, in an abusive relationship, whether emotional or physical, it is important to ask for help.

“Protection orders work perfectly, but they must be combined with safety planning. So when you get your protection order, if you feel you need it, make sure you have safety planning with that protection as well.

Project Celebration Inc. offers tips and security exit plans. But Jenkins says leaving is a process and everyone’s strategy will be different.

“Maybe change your route to work, maybe even change your working hours. Sometimes that means taking time off from work, changing daycare for your kids.

If you are a victim of abuse or know someone who is, you can call the confidential helpline at 1-888-411-1333.

You can also visit the Project Celebration Facebook Page.

Aubrey L. Morgan