domestic violence

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Kansans can now file for a protection order online instead of going to a courthouse.

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More than $4 million worth of federal grants have been awarded to organizations in the Wichita area that support crime victims.

Gov. Laura Kelly announced last week that 17 Wichita area organizations were awarded Federal Victims of Crime Act Victim Assistance grants.

Kelly says the grants will help fund services like crisis intervention, legal support and transitional housing for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.

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Sedgwick County stepped up to help the Wichita Family Crisis Center deal with an unexpected budget crisis.

Kansans reported more sexual assaults, domestic violence and stalking to the police in 2018, according to a report from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation.

Compared to the previous year, it’s a 6% increase in domestic violence incidents, a 9% increase in rapes and a 27% increase in stalking incidents.

But the numbers don’t necessarily reflect an increase in those crimes being committed, KBI spokeswoman Melissa Underwood said.

TOPEKA — Courtney Train spends her days going to nail salons, the pool and the dog park.

As a paid mentor and advocate for children ages 8 to 18 who’ve seen domestic violence at home or experienced it while dating, Train knows quality time — and fun — with a trusted adult can be in short supply for her clients.

Almost half the people locked up in Kansas prisons admit they have a history of domestic violence — getting the cops called after an argument with a partner, having a restraining order against them or serving time for beating or threatening a family member or partner.

Some of those people end up in batterer intervention programs — sometimes while they’re behind bars, other times during probation or parole. The weekly workshops stretch over months, aiming to pinpoint what drives someone to violence, and searching for ways to break those cycles.

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The Wichita Women’s Initiative Network wants to make its facilities more welcoming to domestic abuse survivors.


The nonprofit organization provides support for women in transition from area crisis shelters.


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The Wichita Family Crisis Center has seen a steady rise in clients each month since the beginning of the year.

The emergency shelter, formally known as the YWCA Women’s Crisis Center, is seeing a number of women, children and even more men since the name change in 2016.

Tracey Gay, director of client services, says domestic violence is about power and control. She says the numbers may be climbing due to more awareness of the problem.

Last year, Gay says, nearly 1700 clients were served, with 310 housed at the shelter.

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A Kansas bill that would make it a crime for people recently convicted of a misdemeanor domestic violence offense to have a firearm has stalled in the state Senate.

The bill unanimously passed the House last month but has stalled after the Senate's Federal and State Affairs Committee amended language regarding silencers and throwing stars, The Kansas City Star reported.

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Listening to news reports while driving to the Statehouse on the day after the deadly high school shooting in Florida, Kansas Sen. Barbara Bollier decided to redouble her efforts to put a “red flag” law on the books in Kansas.

She wants a system for temporarily confiscating guns from people deemed a risk to themselves or others.

“It’s not something that tramples on somebody’s rights,” said Bollier, a Mission Hills Republican. “It just puts a temporary hold on a situation until things calm down.”