Following a murder-suicide this weekend in Derby, the Wichita Family Crisis Center is calling for strengthened support in eliminating domestic violence in the community.
Domestic violence is prevalent in Kansas, according to the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. Nearly 13 percent of homicides in Kansas in 2016 were related to domestic violence.
And it appears to be increasing: The Crisis Center said it has had a growing number of requests for help.
The help is offered through a number of methods, Executive Director Amanda Meyers said, all available through the Crisis Center and its confidential hotline.
“We have somebody available all hours of the day and night, and they can help you will all sorts of resources,” Meyers said. “Whether it’s court advocacy, or referrals, or shelter, we have advocates that are truly well versed in this area, and we want to keep and get more women and children and men safe.”
The hotline is available at 316-267-7233.
“If you’re in immediate danger, call 911,” Meyers said. “But the best thing you or a friend or family member can do in a situation of domestic violence is call our hotline.”
Andrew Linnabary is an intern in the KMUW News Lab.