Local Domestic Violence Shelter Mourns the Loss of April Charles

[Franklin, Louisiana, July 6, 2018] In 2017, Louisiana ranked third in the nation for Domestic Violence homicides. There were 62 Domestic Violence Homicides in 2017, 73% of which were committed with firearms. 21% of these cases involved suicide.

On behalf of the Board and Staff of Chez Hope, our hearts and prayers go out to April’s family and friends as well as our community. A Domestic Violence murder affects so many people, especially in a small town like ours. Chez Hope is here to provide support and comfort to the victim’s family and friends and to be a shoulder to cry on as well as provide an ear to listen.

If anyone is involved in a Domestic Violence situation, our Advocates are standing by 24 hours a day to help. You may need someone to talk to; you may need shelter; you may need a temporary restraining order; you may need to start your life all over again. Our services are free and confidential.

Chez Hope offers services throughout St. Mary Parish as well as in Assumption, Iberia and St. Martin Parishes. There are a total of 16 Domestic Violence Programs throughout the state of Louisiana. You can reach us at (337)828-4200 or call the Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline at (888)411-1333.