'Domestic Violence Counts 2013'

'Domestic Violence Counts 2013'

While more than 67,000 victims of domestic violence received assistance from shelters and services across the United States during one 24-hour period in 2013, nearly 10,000 others could not be helped due to a lack of resources, a report from the National Network to End Domestic Violence finds. Based on a survey of 1,649 domestic violence programs, the report, Domestic Violence Counts 2013 (16 pages, PDF), found that on a single day more than 36,000 adults and children found refuge in emergency shelters and transitional housing, while over 30,000 received counseling, legal advocacy, children's support group services, and other non-residential assistance. The report also found that 9,641 requests for services went unmet that day, of which 60 percent were requests for housing. But even as demand for their services grows, domestic violence programs are struggling with cuts in funding from government (27 percent), insufficient staffing (20 percent), cuts in funding from private sources (12 percent), and declines in donations from individuals (10 percent). Funded by the Avon Foundation for Women and Allstate Foundation, the report calls on funders, policy makers, advocates, social service providers, law enforcement officials, courts, and communities to work together to secure additional funding for prevention programs and services for victims of domestic violence.