The mass shooting near the University of California in Santa Barbara has brought the issue of violence against women back into the national spotlight.
For many communities, including Tucson, the problem is most often seen at domestic violence shelters.
“There are cultural norms that allow people to see men as superior to women and that can absolutely play into domestic violence," said Ed Mercurio-Sakwa, CEO of Emerge! Center Against Domestic Violence.
He said, on average, the center receives 5,600 calls a year from people looking for help.
“And we know that’s the tip of the iceberg...there’s about 10,000 calls made to law enforcement every year in Tucson," he said.
Mercurio-Sakwa added that a culture, which objectifies women, can be a catalyst for violence.
“The vast majority of domestic violence...males perpetrating that crime against women, and there’s no denying that is often rooted in not only historical beliefs that men are superior to women...but also current cultural beliefs that continue to support that," he said.