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Census: Domestic Violence Counts

Domestic Violence Counts is a national census of domestic violence shelters and services. The Domestic Violence Counts census is an annual noninvasive, unduplicated count of adults and children who seek services from domestic violence shelter programs in the United States during a single 24-hour survey period.

Conducted annually by the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) since 2006, the Domestic Violence Counts census report takes into account the dangerous nature of domestic violence by using a survey designed to protect the confidentiality and safety of victims.

The 11th annual Census Day took place on September 14, 2016. We are grateful to each domestic violence program that participated! Read this and past year’s reports by clicking the links below:

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In just one day, September 15, 2009, 65,321 victims of domestic violence were served by domestic violence programs across the United States. On that day, local domestic violence programs answered more than 23,000 hotline calls. Unfortunately, on the same day, more than 9,000 requests for services were unmet due to inadequate funding or staff available to assist these victims.

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On a single day in September 2008, 60,799 victims of domestic violence were served by domestic violence programs across the country.  In addition, domestic violence programs answered more than 21,000 hotline calls.  Unfortunately, on the same day, almost 9,000 requests for services were unmet due to inadequate funding or staff available to assist these victims.

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On November 2, 2006, 62% of identified local domestic violence programs across the United States participated in the first National Census of Domestic Violence Services. The results are highlighted in the NNEDV report published March 13, 2007: Domestic Violence Counts. A 24-hour census of domestic violence shelters and services across the United States.

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On September 25, 2007, sixty-nine percent of identified domestic violence programs in the United States participated in the 2007 National Census of Domestic Violence Services. The results were published January 30, 2008 in the NNEDV report: Domestic Violence Counts :07. A 24-hour census of domestic violence shelter and services across the United States.

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