Jun 21, 2014 21:15 Photos: ‘Stop the Slaughter’ rally Photos: ‘Stop the Slaughter’ rally Advocate staff photo by ANGELA MAJOR -- Alexis Jones (left), age 7, and Kevin Dunn (right), age 10, hold up signs Monday, June 9, 2014, at Stop The Slaughter, an event sponsored by Iris Domestic Violence Center and Ms. Theolonious Gage to promote discussion on solutions to end domestic homicides and violence in the Baton Rouge area. Officials call for more resources to fight domestic violence Ryan Broussard| email@example.com June 21, 2014 Comments Law enforcement officials at a rally Monday said the fight against domestic abuse won’t be effective until more victims break their silence so their abusers can be brought to justice and until more resources are devoted to the issue. But the road to justice is not always straight and narrow — and the story Lechana Rankins, 39, of Baton Rouge, tells may not be all that unusual. One October night in 1996, she said, an abusive partner who already hurt her twice attacked her again, so she grabbed a knife and stabbed him. She cannot remember if he was arrested, but she remembers all too vividly when police handcuffed her and threw her in the back of a police car, arresting her on attempted murder. Her charge later was downgraded to aggravated second-degree battery, but she still received three years’ probation and had to pay her batterer restitution and his doctor’s bills.