The Children's Inn in Sioux Falls is seeing an increase in the number of women using their services.
Employees at Children's Inn say they are seeing more women who are dropping by and using the same-day crisis services rather than the women and children who are staying at the shelter.
Officials don't know why more women are showing up, but they say there seems to be more awareness when it comes to domestic violence and child abuse. More women may feel comfortable to reach out and get help.
"I would like to think that there is more awareness out there about domestic violence and about the services in our community for victims and that's why we are seeing that increase. Certainly that's great. We want those victims reaching out when they need the help so they don't live in those unsafe situations or they get those kids out of those homes where they are being exposed to domestic violence," Children's Inn Operations Director Amy Carter said.
Around 69 percent of women are using their same-day crisis services.
Officials say the number of women who come to the shelter and those who need help is something they can not plan for. Although it can be extremely busy for them at times, it's important to provide support for everyone who comes through their door.