Domestic violence cases on the rise

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - By Sherea Harris

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Domestic violence cases are on the rise in Jefferson County , and unfortunately, some of those incidents ended with the loss of life.
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office gets about 400 domestic violence calls every month.

In the last weekend in September, 8 people were killed in domestic violence related incidents.

One involved a double murder-suicide. Another involved a 23-year-old woman who was killed in Birmingham. And another case involved woman killing her husband in self-defense.

On Monday, a man threatened his wife with a knife.

This all comes at a time when the YWCA crisis line coordinator says there have been more calls from women looking for a way to escape from abusive spouses.

DeShunn Wilkerson says every case is different, but the economy could be making matters worse in some cases.

"It could be stressful times and it could aggravate situation even more," said Wilkerson. "We've had victims been run over by their abuser, house set on fire all kinds of tragic situations and even more tragic when children are involved."

October is "Domestic Violence Awareness Month."

The YWCA is remembering people who have died because of domestic violence.
The awareness campaign involves sharing stories of how they were killed.

If you need help, the crisis line for the YWCA is 322-4878 or 322-HURT.  
Those who are in abusive relationships are told to get out before it becomes deadly.

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