Domestic violence Resources for seeking help
WICHITA, Kan (KSNW) – Sharing her story to keep others away from their abuser. A survivor sharing her past to help raise awareness.
The survivor said that while it was frightening to leave her abuser, she did so for her children in hopes of breaking the cycle of violence. She’s not the only one The Wichita Family Crisis Center helped around 2,000 survivors last year.
“There is a way out, you just have to fight your way and take the first step,” said the survivor.
It’s a cycle of abuse from childhood.
“I have faced domestic violence and all forms of abuse my entire life, from childhood to adulthood with my children,” said the survivor.
A survivor said she broke this cycle for her children.
“When you start to see a model like when I was young and you look at your daughter who is older now, you just don’t want her to fall into the same model that you want to be an example to them,” said the survivor.
“The recidivism of abused children who become either the abuser or the victim is extremely high, which is why it is really important, as our survivor said, to do it if you cannot do it on your own. or if you don’t feel authorized to do it on your own. do it for your children, ”said Amanda Meyers, executive director of the Wichita Family Crisis Center.
Meyers said that since the lifting of pandemic restrictions, they have seen an influx of people seeking resources and help.
“I think so often we mean well, just get out of the relationship, just break up with the person, but a lot of times it takes a little more compassion, the process can be a lot slower than that,” Meyers said.
“Things are improving to regain my independence and uh, I’m going to have a house for the first time, it will be ours, we won’t have to walk on eggshells,” said the survivor.
If you need help leaving an abusive relationship, here are some resources below.
National hotline: 1-800-799-7233
Wichita Family Crisis Center: 316-267-7233 or visit their website by clicking here.
Options Domestic violence: 785-625-4202
Wichita Police Department: 316-268-4272
StepStone: 316-265-1611 or visit their website by clicking here
Harbor House at Catholic Charities Domestic Violence Shelter: 316-263-6000 or visit their website by clicking here.