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Local Women's Shelters See Increase Support for Domestic Abuse Victims

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Domestic violence has been the headline this week with the NFL and the situation involving Ray Rice. Now local women's shelters are seeing an increase in calls coming in. Shelters across our area say when domestic violence makes headlines nationally, people in our area take notice.

"It takes a lot of courage to finally want to reach out or want to take that step." Louise Secker of Lafayette House in Joplin says.

Domestic violence has been making headlines, and locally, safe shelters are taking notice.

In a matter of hours, Lafayette House saw an increase in calls about people wanting to help victims of domestic violence, and during Thursday Night Football is when several began to reach out.

"We got four e-mails just during that coverage. Just people that wanted to get involved, wanting to volunteer because they were watching the news and hearing about it and it really put it on their hearts to want to do something." Secker says.

According to the National Domestic Abuse Hotline statistics...Women ages 18 to 34 generally experience the highest rates of intimate partner violence. Officials say leaving isn't as easy as it appears.

"I think the reasons people stay are just as individual as the person staying in the relationship. It can be economic factors, it can be fear, it can be the fear of the unknown. And it can be the fear that the violence will increase." Secker explains.

But knowing help is out there is the first step to safety.

"Taking that step to keep yourself safe and your kids safe...there is a place where you can do that." she says.

Lafayette House offers 24 help to anyone needing. You can call (800) 416-1772 or 417-782-1772.
In Pittsburg, the Crisis Resource Center also offers 24 hotlines. You can call 620-231-8692.

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