JACKSON – A statewide toll-free hot line dispensing legal advice to domestic violence victims has received about 200 calls across Mississippi since it began in mid-June.
The Clarion-Ledger quoted officials Sunday as saying calls to the Mississippi STOP Domestic Violence Project have grown steadily each month.
The Division of Public Safety Planning provided the nonprofit Mississippi Center for Police and Sheriffs with a grant totaling nearly $158,000. More funding is being raised locally for the line, which has a lawyer on staff.
Mississippi ranks fifth in the nation in domestic violence killings. For every 100,000 Mississippi women, two die each year from violence at home.
NEMS Daily Journal