While we know we’re at a record number of homicides in Kansas City, tragically KCK is grappling with the same issue. KCK is seeking solutions as homicides rates are increasing. But when it comes to violence, victims of domestic violence must be included in the conversation. Stats show that when guns are present in a domestic violence situation, the risk of murder increases by 500% The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence states the following statistics for Kansas:
– 33.9% of Kansas women and 31.1% of Kansas men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes.
– 70% of domestic homicides in 2018 were committed using firearms.
– As of December 31, 2019, Kansas had submitted 7,954 domestic violence misdemeanor and two active protective order records to the NICS Index.
So where can victims get help?
Enter in Friends of Yates, which is the only domestic violence agency in KCK. The organization provides domestic violence services, resources and education on prevention, as well as intervention. Listen in as Carlen Davis, the Community Outreach Educator for Friends of Yates, shares more on their free and confidential services available for anyone in the KCK community.
Their 24/7 hotline is 913-321-0951.