According to the Sedgwick County Protection Office and Wichita violence shelters, the number of protection from abuse orders being issued is increasing.
In August, 573 protection from abuse and protection from stalking orders were issued.
In September, that number was 496 and so far in October, 168 protection orders have been issued.
“In one way, we’re happy about that because it means more people are getting protection, but on the other hand, it does indicate that there is an increase in intimate partner violence,” Amanda Meyers, executive director of The Wichita Family Crisis Center said.
One in four women experience domestic violence and experts say that here in Wichita alone, that means about 60,000 women are victims.
The number of protection orders continues to increase and now ranks as the most of any other county in the state of Kansas.
“We’ve been seeing approximately double the amount or a dramatic increase in the number of protections from abuse and protections from stalking orders that have been filed at the family court services,” Meyers said.
Violence shelters in Wichita are at capacity, forcing workers to turn away some women and children.
“Just our crisis center turns away approximately 45 victims a month,” Meyers said.
With only two violence shelters in Wichita, there’s only about 60 beds in confidential safe locations. But, there are ways that people can help change that.
“Please volunteer, help with our fundraising efforts,” Meyers said. “all of that helps us help more women and children in this community.”
If you or someone you know needs help because of domestic violence, you can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or the Wichita Crisis Line at 316-267-SAFE. Both lines are open 24/7 and all of your information will be kept confidential.