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Wichita Police have identified the woman found dead in her home Tuesday morning as 42-year-old Perla Rodriguez. She was known for her work in helping abused women in the community.

Police determined Rodriguez died of blunt-force trauma. WPD spokesman Officer Charley Davidson says her boyfriend has been arrested and taken into custody for first-degree murder.

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The Wichita Family Crisis Center and the Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center have created a new partnership to provide services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault in Sumner and Cowley Counties.

Through new funding by the Kansas Governor’s Grants Program, the two agencies will now be able to provide support with safety planning, crisis counseling, medical and legal advocacy, and assistance with emergency shelter if needed.

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Domestic violence affects one in three women in the U.S. For the past 20 years, a local Wichita organization has worked to help survivors of domestic abuse transition to better living.

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A new group called Guardian Angels is assisting Wichitans affected by domestic violence.

Last year the Wichita Family Crisis Center served nearly 1300 individuals who were fleeing domestic violence situations. That's up by nearly 250 individuals from the previous year, and the center says 2017 numbers are also on the rise.

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Several federal grants intended to assist survivors of domestic and sexual violence are set to be released in the coming months. Groups across Kansas met at the statehouse in Topeka on Thursday to discuss a new strategic plan for the grant process.

The governor’s office annually awards funding provided by the Violence Against Women Act grants program. The money is directed toward organizations that specifically combat sexual violence, domestic violence and stalking.

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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.

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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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