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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB)---As people were hitting the grocery stores this weekend, there was a big drive going on at Kroger, stores across the state, to help women and children living in domestic violence shelters.
"These women may have left their home at night and taken one suitcase or one bag, so they need soap, shampoo, just the basics, especially for their kids- diapers, wipes," says Kathy Minx, a board member with the Center for Women and Families.
Volunteers were asking people to help make a donation during "Shop and Share" day.
Donated items go to 15 Kentucky Domestic Violence Association shelters.
"We see the best of humanity during this time. Often, we see the worst of humanity," says Marta Miranda, Director of the Center for Women and Families.
Across the country, domestic violence is an issue that many men and women experience.
"One in four women, and one in nine men, face intimate partner violence each year," says Madeline Abramson, the Lt. Governor's wife.
Research shows Kentucky ranks 11th in the nation when it comes to people experiencing this type of violence.
"There are some pending legislation as we speak in Frankfort to tighten up the laws more so, but right now the focus is on trying to get people to understand there is a need today," says Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson.
Shoppers stepped in on Saturday to do their part to help those going through difficult times.
"It helps a ton because some women are going in there with nothing, just the clothes on their backs. They don't have money, they don't have the things that we can come into this nice Kroger and pick up and not even think about. They're struggling," says Wendy Koerner, a shopper.
While volunteers say this type of event does help, they say there's still more to be done to put the spotlight on intimate partner violence.
"We need to do a lot of educating and just helping people know there's another way besides violence to get what you want, and sometimes it's the perpetrators are from families where maybe they were perpetrated. So how we help educate them and their families," says Kathy Minx.
Food City and Super Dollar Discount Stores also took part in the "Shop and Share" event.
This is the 6th 'Shop and Share" Day in the state.
During that time, more than 2 million dollars worth of items have been collected to shelters across the state.