The statistics are staggering.
West Virginia ranks number eight in the rate of women murdered by men.
According to the Violence Policy Center, women are almost always murdered by someone they know.
Nine women a week are shot to death by their husband or intimate partner.
Emily Larkins, executive director of the Parkersburg Family Crisis Intervention Center says it's alarming the Mountain State ranks so high on the list.
"Domestic violence is an issue that a lot of people do not want to talk about or that they believe it's not in our community," she says. "It now hitting these national reports with West Virginia being ranked number eight, it honestly and truly shows that we do have a problem and we need to continue to educate."
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Larkins says to remember there is help and hope out there.
The crisis center will be holding several events throughout the month to bring awareness to victims and survivors of domestic violence.
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