LA CROSSE, WI -

The number of people killed as a result of domestic violence has once again gone up in Wisconsin.

48 people were killed last year according to the advocacy group "End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin." And, an additional four abusers took their own lives.

That number is up from 34 in 2011 and brings the total up to 499 deaths since the group started collecting data in 2000.

The Director of New Horizon's Domestic Abuse Shelter in La Crosse says there are warning signs to look out for like seeing a person less and bruises. However, if you see the warning signs, advocates do not recommend telling a person they should just leave the relationship.

"Even though they know it's not the right thing, they're going to be protective. The best thing to do is to let a person you know who you suspect is being abused that you're concerned for their safety, what you see doesn't happen in normal relationships and there are places that can help them," said New Horizon's Exec. Dir. Anne Kappauf.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.