October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Wichita

Elias Hubbard
October 13, 2017

According to the Domestic Violence Resource Center one in every four women are affected by domestic violence at some point in their lifetime.

On Friday morning from 10:00 a.m. -noon, WIN is hosting an open house at its offices downtown at 3rd & Emporia, marking 20 years serving women survivors in Wichita.

The event is meant to encourage people to speak up about domestic violence. So, it is important that we know red-flag warning signs of abuse and what to do if we recognize that it is happening. Understanding what domestic violence is and that it can happen to any race, religion, gender or economic status is the first step of awareness. It stemmed from the "Day of Unity" which was held in October of 1981 and conceived the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

If you are in Grant County and are a victim of domestic abuse or sexual assault, you can call or visit any office.

Wichita City Attorney Jennifer Magaña says so far this year, five homicides in Wichita have risen from domestic violence, and police have responded to almost 6,000 calls for domestic-violence crimes, ranging from batteries, to assaults, threats, and property damage. Cross Timbers has a 24- hour hotline so people can get counseling and care. "When you ask people, "Are you in favor of healthy relationships for yourself and friends and family?" most answer with a resounds, 'Yes!' We have so many members in the Domestic Violence Taskforce and we try to affect change in the culture", said Beth Crowe, Director of Education for the Family Violence Project. All programs and services are free and confidential, including emergency prevention education and empowerment programs.

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