Friday, March 28, 2014

NNEDV Domestic Violence Counts: Census 2013 Report

For the eighth consecutive year the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) conducted a one-day, unduplicated count of adults and children seeking domestic violence service in the U.S. The annual census, always on September 17, documents the number of individuals seeking services in a single 24-hour period, the types of services requested, the number of service requests that went unmet due to a lack of resources, and the issues and barriers that domestic violence programs face as they strive to provide services to victims of domestic violence. This report is instrumental in raising awareness about domestic violence and the incredible work that local domestic violence programs do every day. 

Here are some highlights, for just that one day, in the state of Missouri:

2,163 Victims Served in One Day 
  • 1,392 domestic violence victims (679 children and 713 adults) found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs.
  • 771 adults and children received non-residential assistance and services, including counseling, legal advocacy, and children’s support groups
  • 20,267 Hotline Calls Answered
Services Provided by Local Programs
  • Individual Support or Advocacy 95%
  • Emergency Shelter 77%
  • Children’s Support or Advocacy 77%
  • Transportation 69%
  • Group Support or Advocacy 52%
  • Advocacy Related to Public Benefits/TANF/Welfare 48%
  • Advocacy Related to Mental Health 45%
  • Court Advocacy/Legal Accompaniment 43% 
Yet, even with this remarkable amount of services given, there were 9,641 unmet requests for services on that day, of which 60% (5,778) were for Housing. So there is a lot to be done.

The full 2013 National Domestic Violence Counts Report is available here Full Report (PDF, 16 pages) and the Missouri summary is available here Missouri Report (PDF, 1page). 


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