Domestic violence rates in Kansas hit a 20 year high in 2012 according to the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. There were 24,373 cases in 2012, barely up from the 2011's previous record of 24,159.
Women's shelters in Wichita say 2013 is on track to surpass 2012. At the YWCA Debby Zelli says they're having to turn away more people than ever.
"Between January 1, 2013 and this November we've already seen an increase in our 'turn aways' buy 150%," Zelli said.
Zelli says it breaks her heart to turn away abuse victims who have no where else to go.
"There are some nights when you just go home and cry. But then there are those other moments when somebody makes it out," Zelli said.
A woman who just wants to go by "Cathy" says she left an abusive marriage thank to help from organizations like the YWCA.
"Love gets you through the toughest times. Don't be afraid to ask for help because there are good people out there who will help you," Cathy said.
If you, or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse you can call 911 or a victims' support hotline at 316-267-7233.