Friends of Yates, a Wyandotte County organization advocating against domestic violence, will host its 25th Annual Domestic Violence Community Luncheon on Oct 27.

The goal of the luncheon is to raise awareness of domestic violence issues and to honor those who work to combat it. 

Domestic violence numbers can be jarring. For example, in the U.S., 20 people per minute experience physical abuse at the hands of an intimate partner, adding up to over 10 million in a year. One in three women and one in four men have been victims of some form of physical violence by a partner during their lifetime. 

Domestic violence can escalate, especially when perpetrated against women. At least one-third of female homicide victims in the U.S. are killed by male intimate partners.

The Friends of Yates Center’s community luncheon is a call to action for the community to unite against domestic violence. Brya Berry from KMBC 9 News will serve as host along with an array of guests, including Kansas State Representatives Pam Curtis and Lynn Melton, WYCO Deputy DA Njeri Mwangi, and KCK Police Department Chief Karl Oakman, among other dedicated officials and advocates.

One of the key highlights of this luncheon will be the recognition of outstanding community partners and supporters who have played pivotal roles in advancing the goals and mission of Friends of Yates for their efforts to end violence and provides support and resources to survivors.  

About Friends of Yates

Friends of Yates is a community-based agency in Wyandotte County committed to addressing domestic violence and providing vital support services to survivors and their families. Friends of Yates offer emergency shelter, transitional housing, court advocacy, and other support services, including at 24/7 crisis hotline (913) 3210951 or toll-free (855) 232 0252.

25th Annual Domestic Violence Luncheon

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Friends of Yates Center

1418 Garfield Ave, Kansas City, KS

Free event

RSVP by calling (913) 321 1566 or emailing

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