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Victims of domestic violence need to report it

Police say domestic violence can happen in any neighborhood. Police say domestic violence can happen in any neighborhood.
BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

BowlingGreen Police say reports of domestic violence are slightly lower than averageso far this year, but people working in shelters say the numbers don't matchup.

"Mostof the homicides in Wood County over the past several years have been intimatepartner, domestic violence-type situations," explained Major Tony Hetrick,deputy police chief.

Januarythrough May of 2012 had 25 cases of domestic violence reported. This year,there have been 17 to date. But police say the problem is in the reporting.

"We'veseen a dramatic increase in the need for our services," said Michelle Clossick,executive director of the Cocoon Shelter. "This year, we will serve 700-800people."

That'sa far cry from what the police reports would suggest.

TheCocoon Shelter provides a safe haven for women and children throughout thecounty trying to escape domestic violence. Clossick says they hope to get womenback on their feet.

"Domesticviolence affects every aspect of a person's life," she said.

Policesay they can't help if they don't know someone is a victim. The most importantthing to do is ask for help.

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