(WICHITA, Kan.) — "The reality is nobody really wants to spend the holidays in shelter," said Debbie Zelli, Director of Client Services at the YWCA Women's Crisis Center in Wichita.
That's one of many reasons experts believe domestic abuse reports go down over the holidays.
Normally you'd think domestic abuse reports go up this time of the year because of the stress the holidays can bring. That's not necessarily the case. Some national studies suggest the opposite to be true.
This weekend police arrested a Wichita woman on charges she killed her husband before trying to kill herself. Officers call it a domestic violence situation. In another case, a Northeast Wichita man turned himself into police saying he'd stabbed his wife. She died.
But more often over the holidays the violence goes unreported.
"Often, women tell us later that they tried to keep the peace, just keep it low key cause there's a lot of family around, or the kids, have a holiday, that kind of thing," said Zelli.