WICHITA, Kansas – The Wichita Crime Commission launched DVFreeWichita.org on Monday.
It is a new domestic violence prevention and education project that will help victims.
“There are many resources in our area and statewide to help victims of domestic violence (DV) victims,” Wichita Crime Executive Director Gordon Bassham said. “However, when a victim needs help immediately, there is little time to search the web to track down where to go or who to call. DVFreeWichita.org has collected those online resources in one central location. It is a one-stop source for domestic violence victims.”
The website includes sources for crisis assistance, temporary and short-term housing, counseling and support, and protection orders.
DVFreeWichita.org is the result of a partnership between the Crime Commission, law enforcement and numerous organizations that help and support domestic violence victims.
In creating the website, the Crime Commission received a great deal of assistance from Pen Publishing Interactive and Larry Bowen of Bowen Creative. Bassham said and Clear Channel Outdoor Advertising is helping create public awareness by promoting the website on its digital billboards in Sedgwick County.
He said a helpful feature of the website is a red “emergency escape” button. Displayed prominently on each page, it allows the victim to quickly leave the site in case her or his abuser enters the room.
DVFreeWichita.org will always be a work in progress, Bassham said. “We plan to continually add content as additional resources or educational material are identified.”