Nationwide Survey Reveals Urgent Need for Increased Funding for Domestic Violence Service Providers
Nationwide, more than 66,000 victims of domestic violence helped on a single day, but almost 10,000 requests for help go unanswered.
Snapshot of Nevada
On September 17, 2013, 169 domestic violence victims (101 children and 68 adults) found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs across Nevada. Domestic violence advocates here answered 86 crisis line calls – more than 4 calls every hour. At the same time, 20 requests for services went unmet, largely due to not enough staff and lack of funding. Across Nevada, 21 staff positions were eliminated in the past year and most of these positions were direct services, such as shelter or legal advocates.
“Across Nevada, survivors of domestic violence are reaching out for help,” said Sue Meuschke, NNADV’s Executive Director. “We are encouraging everyone, including healthcare providers, to make more referrals to local domestic violence programs. Unfortunately there are less people in our programs to respond. Increased funding for services is a critical need.”
The full national report is available online at www.nnedv.org/census. For state level statistics, select Nevada on the home page of this link.
To view the entire press release, NNEDV Census