domestic violence

Wichita Family Crisis Center

Tuesday marks the start of a new chapter for a Wichita nonprofit that’s working to end domestic violence.

YWCA Wichita is changing its name to the Wichita Family Crisis Center in an effort to improve community awareness and better reflect its mission.

Development director Kimberly Cronister says the name change was a difficult decision, but it was needed.

http://www.stepstoneks.org/stepstone

In less than a month, four domestic violence homicides occurred in Wichita, two of which were murder-suicides. StepStone, a two-year transitional housing program for survivors, was awarded a $25,000 grant to help end domestic violence.

Program director Dung Kimble says the grant will be used to facilitate three national speakers as well as implement local training for law enforcement.

Joyce Grover, who heads the Kansas Coalition, says the number of domestic violence incidents reported to law enforcement in 2012 represented a 20-year high.

“There is a domestic violence incident that has occurred in Kansas every 21 minutes,” Grover says. “Law enforcement made a domestic violence arrest every 39 minutes and one domestic murder every 15 days.”

In fact, says Grover, more than one in four homicides in Kansas is domestic violence-related.

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For 10 years, Jaime, who lives in a town near Wichita, suffered from marital rape. The sexual assault began when she was 14 years old. Jaime, like many, felt there was no way out.

This is Jaime's story:

For the past eight years, Jaime has been happily married to her new husband. Her former husband now lives in another state.

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