Brandon, MB (CKLQ) - The head of the Women's Resource Center says an increase in drug use is a contributing factor in the rise of domestic violence reports.
Executive director Brandy Robertson says the center is much busier than they were this time last year as staff have been busy with upwards of 30 people per day compared to the previous average of 20 - 25 cases.
Brandon Police weren't able to provide exact statistics on domestic abuse here in the Wheat City however several domestic disturbances have been reported in the city over the past two weeks.
Robertson says, "We have women coming in who say it's scary out there."
While a number of different agencies are working to tackle issues like drug use and homelessness in Brandon, public education is the key according to Robertson who added, "It's really concerning and what we always say here is we never want to be busy but there's a lot of work to do."
The Women's resource centre provides counselling among other services and is located at 729 Princess Avenue.