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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) -

Bowling Green Police say reports of domestic violence are slightly lower than average so far this year, but people working in shelters say the numbers don't match up.

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

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

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

The Cocoon Shelter provides a safe haven for women and children throughout the county trying to escape domestic violence. Clossick says they hope to get women back on their feet.

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

Police say they can't help if they don't know someone is a victim. The most important thing to do is ask for help.

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