Authorities voice domestic violence concerns

Published 5:00 am Tuesday, October 9, 2007

With a recent study ranking Mississippi fifth in the nation indomestic violence deaths, local authorities are as concerned asever about domestic violence calls in the area.

The report, from the Violence Policy Center in Washington, showsthe rate of women murdered by men in Mississippi is two per100,000. Among individual states, Nevada was the worst at 2.53 per100,000; followed by Alaska (2.49), Louisiana (2.16), New Mexico(2.15) and Mississippi (2).

“Domestic violence is a problem everywhere,” said Lincoln CountySheriff Steve Rushing. “Nobody should be in a situation wherethey’re being abused in their homes.”

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Brookhaven Police Chief Pap Henderson said many times when hisunits respond to domestic disturbances, they are repeat calls.National statistics show that is par for the course.

“A big percentage of them are repeat calls,” he said.

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