Today, advocates across the country are joining our 14th annual Domestic Violence Counts Census Day! Over the next 24 hours, we will be working with more than 2,000 local domestic violence programs to count the services requested by thousands of adults and children across the United States. The Census provides us with critical information that is used by advocates across the country at the local, state, and national levels to ensure help is available when survivors need it.
Additionally, the Census tells the stories behind the statistics. Today, advocates nationwide will hear from survivors about safety and security, unmet needs and unfunded services, and healing and rebuilding. Together, we’re working to ensure every story is told – and every survivor knows that they count. Follow along with the hashtag #DVCounts on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
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Last Year’s Domestic Violence Census Count: By the Numbers
In case you missed it, NNEDV released our 13th annual Domestic Violence Counts Report earlier this year. By the time you went to bed on September 13th, 2018, more than 74,000 survivors received life-changing services. That’s almost 1 survivor every second!
While our Census tells us how many people we’ve helped, it also tells us how many needs were not met. In total, more than 9,000 requests for services went unmet, with more than 6,000 of those needs for immediate housing. Even though the number of unmet needs is large, a lack of federal and private funding has led to the layoff of 701 local program staff nationwide, and 78% of these positions were direct service providers.
There are many barriers that impact a survivor’s ability to receive assistance. Our goal is to help ensure local programs across the country have the resources they need to provide judgement-free services, including, counseling, legal advocacy, support groups, and housing, for every survivor who walks through their doors. No one should ever have to worry about their safety.