Census: Domestic Violence Counts
NNEDV's Domestic Violence Counts: National Census of Domestic Violence Services (Census) is an annual noninvasive, unduplicated count of adults and children who seek services from U.S. domestic violence shelter programs during a single 24-hour survey period. Conducted annually by NNEDV since 2006, this Census takes into account the dangerous nature of domestic violence by using a survey designed to protect the confidentiality and safety of victims.
For the eighth consecutive year, on September 17, 2013, NNEDV conducted a one-day unduplicated count of adults and children seeking domestic violence service in the United States. This annual census documents the number of individuals who sought services in a single 24-hour period, as well as the types of services requested, the number of service requests that went unmet due to a lack of resources, and the issues and barriers that domestic violence programs face as they strive to provide services to victims of domestic violence. This report is instrumental in raising awareness about domestic violence and the incredible work that local domestic violence programs do every day.
The full 2013 National Domestic Violence Counts Report is available below, along with a one-page national summary (in both English and Spanish) and individual state and territory summaries.
On September 12, 2012, 86 percent of identified local domestic violence programs in the United States and territories participated in the 2012 National Census of Domestic Violence Services. The results were published in the NNEDV report, Domestic Violence Counts 2012: A 24-hour census of domestic violence shelters and services.
In just one day, September 15, 2011, 67,399 victims of domestic violence were served by domestic violence programs across the United States. On that day, local domestic violence programs answered more than 21,748 hotline calls. Unfortunately, on the same day, more than 10,581 requests for services were unmet due to inadequate funding or staff available to assist these victims.
In just one day, September 15, 2010, 70,648 victims of domestic violence were served by domestic violence programs across the United States. On that day, local domestic violence programs answered more than 22,292 hotline calls. Unfortunately, on the same day, more than 9,541 requests for services were unmet due to inadequate funding or staff available to assist these victims.