Sometimes women in volatile relationships feel it’s necessary to buy a gun and arm themselves.

But officials at the Family Violence Prevention Center at the Wheeling YWCA said that’s not necessarily a good idea.

They said women often get over-powered and their gun is used against them.

Studies show that women are one hundred times more likely to be murdered by a man with a gun than they are to successfully use a gun in self defense.

They suggest getting a different kind of help.

Family Violence Prevention Director, Trish Flanigan said, “Anybody who’s living within a violent relationship inside a home, you’re not alone. There is help out there for you. We are trained in safety planning. And that is one of the most important things that someone can do when they’re living in an abusive relationship, is safety plan for themselves and or their children.”

Statistics show that the presence of a gun in a domestic violence situation increases the risk of homicide by five hundred percent.

They urge anyone in fear to call the YW Family Violence Prevention Center in Wheeling at 1-800-698-1247.