October is recognized as National Domestic Abuse Awareness Month.

"It is not a comfortable topic at all," said Katy Kiser, board chairwoman of the Women's Shelter. "A lot of people just like to think it happens behind closed doors. Let's just let it happen there and let's not worry about it; but then we start to learn about it when we start to hear about these preventable assaults and deaths in our community."

The Women's Shelter helped out some 2,300 women and children who were victims of domestic violence last year. The organization urges everyone to come together to bring that number down by getting involved in the group's activities this month.

For more information, visit www.thewomensshelter.org.