The Wellspring has recently implemented a high-risk team to help victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking.
Director of Permanent and Transitional Housing Cindy Roach said The Wellspring has been collaborating with the Morehouse Parish Sheriff's Office, Bastrop Police Department, the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office, child protection services, faith leaders, medical personnel and schools in order to decrease homicidal crimes.
Roach said since the collaborative efforts began in the Northeast Louisiana parishes there has been a 70 percent decrease in homicidal crimes.
"Even with this decrease, a 2017 report listed Louisiana as third in the nation for number of females murdered by males," she said. "In 2016, The Wellspring received a grant from the Office on Violence Against Women to implement a high-risk team in Morehouse and Franklin Parishes."
Roach said the purpose of the team is to provide intervention and supportive services to victims most at risk of being involved in a homicide.
"We have been having Safer Task Force meetings quarterly," MPSO Sheriff Mike Tubbs said. "The Wellspring has stepped up and provided special training to our officers. They bring in experts on domestic violence to teach us what to look out for. It also gives us a great refresher on the new laws related to domestic violence."
Tubbs said last year the MPSO formed a high-risk team that has been having specialized training in domestic violence situations.
"We have an investigator that monitors high-risk situations," he said.
Roach said the new team has been very successful since it began.
"Our goal is to keep victims safe and hold offenders accountable," she said.
For more information on services, contact the Bastrop Wellspring office at 281-3655 or the 24-hour crisis line at 323-1505. The Bastrop office is located at 111 W. Hickory Ave.