LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- In the murder-suicide incident Tuesday, THV has learned the wife and victim filed an order of protection in July 2012. The most recent reported disturbance was in June 2012.
Arkansas has resources that can help individuals involved in domestic violence. There are shelters around the state and can be found at this link. The national hotline number is : 800-799-SAFE (7233).
One of those shelters include the Dorcas House in Little Rock.
"If women come here, they have a high chance of staying out of domestic violence and go through our whole nine month program and graduate," says Dorcas VanGilst, director of Women's Ministries that runs Dorcas House, a shelter for abused women and children.
At the Dorcas House, clients go through counseling covering all types of topics from domestic violence to parenting to sexual abuse recovery. Yet, just getting to the shelter, can be a challenge.
"If you're in a situation where you cannot leave safely, then call police," says VanGilst.
Maumelle Lieutenant Jim Hansard says calling police should be the victim's first steps before the violence gets way out of hand.
"You are establishing a paper trail and pattern of behavior for the courts," says Lt. Hansard.
Dorcas House can help victims get an order of protection. The shelter has food, clothes, and beds, but to make the transition easier, VanGilst recommends the women bring important documents.
"Bring in essentials like medications, your driver's license, and birth certificate," says VanGilst.
These are documents needed to help these families start over and recover from abusive relationships.
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