Domestic violence cases increase at central Kansas organization

GREAT BEND, Kan. (KSNW) — October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and one organization in central Kansas has seen its number of cases going up.

“Reaching out and getting help was one of the best things I’ve ever done,” said Danielle Grubb, domestic violence survivor.

She has been with Great Bend’s Family Crisis Center for 10 years.

“I was a victim of abuse for 13 years. I now have been away from my abuser for four, almost five years,” Grubb said.

The center provides services and advocacy to survivors and victims, like Grubb, around the Central Kansas area.

October is an important month for the center, as it draws awareness to domestic violence.

“We have a lot of domestic violence in our area,” said Becky Davis, the Family Crisis Center’s program director. “One in four women in our community is affected by domestic violence.”

Just last year, the Family Crisis Center answered over 3,000 crisis calls, sheltered over 100 men, women and children, and provided services to more than 300 survivors.

Davis told KSN those numbers haven’t gotten any better.

“They actually have been going up a small amount every year,” she said.

The center hopes to drop those numbers through community awareness, which includes presentations and educational events.

As a survivor, Grubb says it’s important that victims reach out to get the help they need.

“Being able to stand on your own two feet is so empowering,” Grubb said. “And here they give you the tools and they give you the knowledge that you need and they lift you up sometimes when you feel like when you don’t feel worthy of being lifted up.”

Grubb adds that today was one of her last days at the Family Crisis Center. She is moving onto bigger and better things. She said she plans to pursue her master’s degree.

The Family Crisis Center invites the community to wear purple on Oct. 20 to help raise awareness for domestic violence.