ROGERS, Ark. (KNWA) — A local women’s shelter says the number of people coming in has already surpassed numbers from last year, and that doesn’t even include the month of December.
According to the Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter, roughly 536 survivors of domestic violence have visited the shelter since the end of November.
That’s up from 509 people in 2017.
Amber Lacewell, Vice President of Communications and Development for the shelter, says all of its programs have grown this year.
“I think it’s a variety of factors. We can never fully say why we’re getting more people coming in. Sometimes it’s a matter of we’re getting more phone calls, which I don’t really think is the case this year. Sometimes it’s just more people are comfortable coming in, maybe they’re seeing more value in services,” Lacewell said.
Lacewell says among those growing services are support groups and a new counseling program.
The shelter has also had more contact with law enforcement in training officers to refer victims of domestic violence cases.
The Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter will remain open during the holidays, including Christmas, to ensure Arkansans always have a safe place to go.