1,107 domestic diolence victims served in one day in Kentucky; 84 service requests unmet
In just one 24-hour period, local domestic violence programs across the country provided help and safety to 64,324 adults and children who were victims of domestic violence. Survivors were given a safe place to stay and resources to escape violence and abuse. Sadly, 10,471 times on that same day, a hotline rang or a victim showed up at the door to request a shelter bed, an attorney, counseling, or another critical service, and the local program was forced to say “I am so terribly sorry that we don’t have the resources or funds - can I work with you on a safety plan or try to find you some help in a neighboring town?”
In the same 24-hour period, 1,107 victims of domestic violence and their children across Kentucky received life-saving services from local domestic violence organizations. 701 victims were housed in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs. At the same time, 84 requests for services went unmet, largely due to lack of funding; 69 of those requests were for shelter or housing.
“More and more domestic violence victims struggle to find emergency shelter or housing, and our shelters are finding it increasingly difficult to meet that need,” according to Sharon Currens, executive director of the Kentucky Domestic Violence Association (KDVA). “In 2012, our programs were unable to meet the needs of 69 victims who requested shelter or housing on a single day, compared to 41 during the 2011 census. It can be a matter of life or death.”
For the seventh consecutive year, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) conducted its annual National Census of Domestic Violence Services in September and released their analysis of that data in the report: Domestic Violence Counts: A 24-hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services. The report revealed that reduced funding for domestic violence services means that programs are unable to help survivors with shelter, attain legal help, or leave abusive partners.
On September 12, 2012, 100% of the 15 identified local domestic violence programs in Kentucky participated in the survey. The figures represent the information reported by the 15 participating programs about services provided during the 24-hour survey period. In addition to the number of victims served, 233 hotline calls were answered and 619 individuals were educated on domestic violence across the state on the survey day.