According to the Domestic Violence Resource Center, more than three women die every day in the U.S. as a result of domestic violence.
Officials at Grand Island's Crisis Center say it's crime that often goes unreported, and they're working to break the cycle.
Lex Ann Roach, executive director at the Crisis Center in Grand Island, said, "In actuality, every nine seconds there is a woman who experiences violence inflicted upon her by someone she knows."
Recently, Grand Island saw several domestic violence cases. Jesus Parra was taken into custody in April for attempted first degree murder – for trying to kill his estranged wife.
In May, violence erupted at a house of worship – 41-year-old Aslin Nabarro was accused of stabbing his estranged girlfriend outside St. Mary's Cathedral in Grand Island.
"Ninety percent of domestic violence victims are female," Roach said.
"One out of every four women will experience domestic violence incident in their lifetime, so it's actually happening a great deal more than it's reported," added Roach.
The Crisis Center is working to break the cycle through education and services. Decisions of involving the police, seeking protection and going to a shelter is all up to their client, but the center takes calls 24/7 and they're currently working to train more volunteers to help staff.
"It's very important that there never be a time when someone contacts the crisis center and not get an answer to their call," explained Roach.
She said making those calls and reporting domestic violence could save lives, adding that Ariel Castro, the man charged with kidnapping and raping three Cleveland women, did previously have domestic violence incidents; and reports show Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the man accused in the Boston marathon bombing, was once arrested after reports of domestic violence.
Roach said, "So the idea that a domestic violence perpetrator is other than the fact that he's not very nice to his wife, that's not always the case."
The center is offering pre–training classes for those interested in volunteering in their call center in Grand Island on Saturday, August 10 starting at 10 a.m.