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January 30, 2013

Survey Shows Higher Need, Reduced Resources


NNEDV surveyed the 56 state and territorial coalitions against domestic violence to obtain information on funding of local domestic violence programs throughout the United States.  The survey revealed that across the country, state and local programs are experiencing substantial cuts in funding from federal, state and local governmental sources.  Additionally, the vast majority of states reported that their programs have seen decreases in private donations, one of the lingering effects of the recent economic downturn.  Nearly 70% of states reported that domestic violence programs have seen an overall decrease in their total funding in the last fiscal year.

Key findings from the survey revealed:

  • 88% of state coalitions reported that domestic violence programs have recently experienced an increase in demand for services.
  • 69% of state coalitions reported that domestic violence programs experienced funding decreases from Fiscal Year 2011 to Fiscal Year 2012.
  • In 2011, over 80% of state coalitions reported that, due to a shortage of funding, some domestic violence programs had to reduce staff in 2011. Over 70% of coalitions reported that some domestic violence programs had to reduce victim services because of funding shortages.
  • In the first 8 months of 2012 alone, over 71% of coalitions reported that some domestic violence programs were forced to reduce staff because of funding shortages, and 66% reported that some domestic programs had to reduce victim services.
  • Since 2011, at least 19 local DV programs across the country have been forced to close entirely.


"The funding available under the Violence Against Women (VAWA) is critical for state and local organizations, and increased federal investment in VAWA's programs is necessary to meet the urgent need for safety and services," said Kim Gandy, president and CEO of NNEDV. "Swift reauthorization of VAWA is essential to ensure the long-term stability of both funding and services."