On October 2, 2018, Sheriff Jayson Richardson and his deputies hosted an event for Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office. With the gracious assistance from Sgt. Angela Bandy, Cpl. Jacques Burton, Project Celebration, and Mt. Mariah Baptist Church of Frierson, LA, the event held a balloon release for each of the 68 victims who have lost their lives due to domestic violence in Louisiana just this year. Lieutenant Dean Register opened the event in prayer followed by Sheriff Richardson sharing his own testimony involving domestic violence as a child. He spoke on statistics in our area, and what the Sheriff's Office is doing and can do to help those in the midst of their struggle. Deputy Mark Pierce shared a personal childhood testimony on domestic violence and message of hope and a new beginning. Both spoke of the bravery of their mothers, and their conviction to help others who have fallen victim to abuse. Sheriff Richardson closed the event with the planting of a tree in front of the Sheriff's Office as a symbol of hope and a new life. Refreshments and cake were available to guests as many gathered together to share their own personal stories with the Sheriff and his deputies. Sheriff Richardson says, "I want the public to know that our desire to help is deeply rooted in our own experiences with domestic violence. We value your life as a citizen. My deputies and I will do everything possible to get you out of a harmful situation and into a safe environment. No one deserves to be abused, in any way. As your Sheriff, I will not tolerate abuse or domestic violence in DeSoto Parish. Let us help you.”
If you or someone you know have become a victim to domestic violence, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office has many tools at their disposal to help. You can reach out to Sheriff Richardson or an investigator by calling (318) 872-3956.