Mississippi officials have set up a domestic violence help line so victims can call to get advice from lawyers. The toll-free help line began operating Friday.
The Clarion-Ledger reports that the Mississippi STOP Domestic Violence Project was announced by advocates, judges, state officials and law enforcement representatives.
Department of Public Safety Commissioner Steve Simpson says the program is more than a resource for victims.
Simpson said it will assist law enforcement, judicial personnel and victim advocates with training to help in domestic violence and sexual abuse cases.
Mississippi ranks fifth in the nation in domestic violence murder. For every 100,000 Mississippi women, two die each year from violence at home.
Mississippi STOP Domestic Violence Domestic violence help line: 1-877-609-9911.