Advocacy Day at Statehouse sheds light on domestic violence

Published: Feb. 12, 2020 at 5:52 PM CST
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Advocates want people to know domestic violence incidents can happen to anyone.

The Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence used the theme 'Someone You Know' for their annual Advocacy Day at the Capitol.

They said 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men has been a victim of physical violence by their partner.

Topeka Mayor Michelle De La Isla shared her personal story of surviving domestic violence.

People also viewed the Silent Witness exhibit with fifty-seven different stories of Kansas women who were killed in sexual and domestic violence assaults.

KCSDV Communications Coordinator, Lucca Wang said, "It's so important that people know this is happening. This is our one event of the year and our biggest event publicly. It's important because it can increase awareness and knowledge about sexual and domestic violence, stalking and dating violence, but also the services that are provided all across the state and in individual cities and communities for people."

People needing help can call the Kansas Crisis Hotline, 888-363-2287.