Center Training Specialist Megan Gergen told News 5 her agency took in 12,344 calls to its 24-hour helpline last year alone.
"We have advocates in most of the suburban courts," Gergen said.
"We have therapy services. We have support groups. Reporting doesn't mean just involving the police, reporting means just getting that support and being safe."
Judge Nicastro said she believes there is a wide variety of reasons for the suburban spike, and she's urging victims to contact the Domestic Violence and Child Advocacy Center 24-hour Helpline, at 216-391-HELP (4357), and report abuse sooner.
"Mental health issues, money issues, drug and alcohol issues. Just people who have grown up in an abusive home, and they've become abusive," Nicastro said.
"Call the domestic violence hotline. It's confidential, no judge is going to know about it, no police officer is going to know about it, your employer isn't going to know about it."