PALM BEACH COUNTY, FL -- It's been a frightening and ironic start to Domestic Violence Awareness month as October shapes up to be one of the more deadly months for victims.
Two women have died in just four days at the hands of their husbands- who police say killed them in a jealous rage.
Cops say Lance Mclellan shot his wife in front of their nine-year-old daughter in the family home in an upscale Lake Worth community.
Monday, Robert Martens shoots and kills his wife, Donna, then turns the gun on himself.
"We will never forget you," a group of advocates said as they let go of a bunch of purple balloons at Palm Beach Community College's Lake Worth campus.
15 balloons for 15 women killed this year in acts of domestic violence.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness month and advocates with the Florida Resource Center for Women and Children are bringing the issue to light.
"Violence is escalating," said program director Jane Wagley. "There are always lots of excuses, but there really are no excuses."
Today they spoke to a standing room only crowd of Palm Beach Community College students.
Advocates like Aldric Marshall, who was a child in an abusive home, hope to reach out to young men and women early in their lives.
"I've been a victim too," he said. "It can happen to anyone, rich or poor."
Whether it is economical or not, the numbers in Palm Beach Bounty are skyrocketing.
Last year we had 5000 calls to the Domestic Abuse hotline, this year the hotline has already received 18 thousand calls.
There are a host of events going on this month, for more information you can look at the calendar on www.frcwc.com.
If you or someone you know is a victim- call- the 24 hour hotline- 848-8383.
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