International Women’s Day Kick-Off

New Survey Reveals Lack of Resources for U.S. Domestic Violence Service Providers

The Avon Foundation kicked off a month-long schedule of events to celebrate International Women’s Day in Washington, D.C. on March 6 during a Congressional briefing. At that briefing, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) released a new research report funded by the Avon Foundation for Women, which offers a snapshot into the world of domestic violence shelters and the shocking lack of resources.

The report, “Domestic Violence Counts 2013: A 24-hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services,” examined a random day, September 17, 2013, and collected information from 1,649 domestic violence programs throughout the United States from midnight to midnight. It found that in a single 24-hour period, more than 66,000 victims of domestic violence received help and support from service organizations in the United States. Yet, nearly 10,000 more people who needed assistance could not be helped due to a lack of adequate resources.

Carol Kurzig, President of the Avon Foundation for Women, was on Capitol Hill for the release of that report. Kurzing noted,“ The Census demonstrates that the demand for services has remained discouragingly and consistently strong. But unfortunately, programs that address the needs are experiencing cuts. 27% of the reporting organizations experienced cuts in government funding, 12% had cuts in private funding, and 10% reported reduced individual donations. These critical programs must be resourced adequately if we are to save lives and reduce partner violence.”

“Every day in this country, victims of domestic violence are bravely reaching out for help, and it’s essential that they have somewhere safe to go,” said Kim Gandy, President and CEO of the NNEDV. “We have made so much progress toward ending violence and giving survivors avenues for safety. But continued program cuts jeopardize that progress and jeopardize the lives of victims.”

Click on the infographic above to see the "2013 national Census of Domestic Violence Services" - a one-day snapshot highlighting the lack of resources for critical domestic violence shelters in the U.S.

Carol Kurzig, President of the Avon Foundation for Women (front and center), at a Congressional briefing as an Avon Foundation-funded report on domestic violence service providers is released.

Key findings include this data from September 17, 2013:

  • 66,581 domestic violence victims and their children received services.
  • More than 20,000 calls to domestic violence hotlines were answered, an average of more than 14 calls every minute
  • More than 23,000 individuals were educated on domestic violence during trainings conducted by local programs.
  • Nearly 10,000 requests from domestic violence victims (9,641) were turned down because programs did not have the resources to provide them, including requests for emergency shelter, housing, transportation, childcare and legal representation.
  • The majority of unmet requests (60%) were from victims who had chosen to flee their abusers, and were seeking safe emergency or transitional housing.