The holidays are normally a joyful time of year, but for some they can be difficult to get through.
An advocate for victims of domestic violence tells us that the number of people seeking help increases during the holidays, and it doesn’t just impact those in the relationship. We talked to that advocate and a family who knows this to be true.
The Flores family says the holidays are tough since the passing of their son Daniel in 2014. He was just 25-years-old.
They say their son became a victim of domestic violence in a way that’s different from most.
It’s the sports radio voice Jose and Laura Flores say they’ll never forget.
“It’s hard to believe he would have been thirty, it’s hard to believe…in February will be the five year point,” said Jose Flores, Derby.
They say it was then that their son Daniel was killed by a man who was upset that his relationship with a woman had ended. It happened at a radio station Daniel and the woman worked at. A tragic situation the couple says they never expected Daniel to be in.
“He was where he was supposed to be, you can be where you’re supposed to be, doing what you’re supposed to be doing, and you can still be the victim of someone else’s anger and thing that you had nothing to do with,” said Laura Flores, Derby.
The Executive Director at the Wichita Family Crisis Center says more people are coming to them for help this year. She says while the up-tick is devastating, it’s a reminder that there’s a need for more awareness and community support.
“It’s the entire family, and it’s really the entire community the work place, the children, the extended family, everyone is impacted in a community when there are instances of domestic violence especially when they end in homicide,” said Amanda Meyers, Wichita Family Crisis Center Executive Director.
Jose and Laura say they try and remember their son through his achievements and positive memories. And they hope anyone struggling with domestic violence, seeks help.
“You don’t know who it is going to affect, you know if it doesn’t affect you, it can happen to an innocent victim,” said Laura.
There are resources in the community for domestic violence, and Meyers encourages those needing help to call their hot-line at and if you’re in danger to always call 9-1-1.
That hotline is 316-267-SAFE.