U.S. Domestic Violence Programs Help Thousands of Victims

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a man about to beat his wifeMore than 72,000 domestic violence victims in the U.S. received help on Sept. 14, 2016, from 92% of domestic violence programs in the country, according to the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV).

The organization said 1,762 out of 1,910 programs helped out for the National Census of Domestic Violence Services (NCDVS). The 24-hour survey period helped almost 42,000 victims find temporary refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing, while the programs offered non-residential assistance and services to more than 31,700 adults and children.

Nationwide survey

The one-day event allowed local domestic violence programs to orient more than 26,000 people. By holding 1,313 training sessions, the participants gained valuable knowledge on domestic violence prevention and early intervention. Individual support or advocacy comprised 95% of services provided by local programs.

While court accompaniment and legal advocacy only comprised 52% of offered services, it indicated a rather significant number of people that are worried about facing their abusers in court by themselves. In Washington State, legal counsel accounted for 42% of services offered by local programs, which included legal representation by a family attorney in Kent and Seattle among other cities.

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Washington State

Out of 70 local domestic violence programs in Washington State, 66 participated in the NCDVS. Despite being unable to meet requests for certain services, the programs have helped 1,413 victims to enter emergency shelters or transitional housing.

Local programs were not able to provide housing, transportation and childcare among other services due to a lack of resources, according to the NNEDV. Still, the programs were able to serve 892 adults and children in terms of non-residential services such as counseling, legal advocacy and children’s support groups.

The high participation rate of local domestic violence programs in the NCDVS indicated an increased awareness in resolving cases of domestic abuse in the U.S.