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.
How can we use the data? Can we get data for just our organization or region? When is the next Domestic Violence Counts survey?
The “snapshot” methodology provides an unduplicated count because a victim is unlikely to access services at more than one domestic violence program during a 24-hour period. Since this count was only on one day, can I multiply it by 365 and get an average estimate of the number of victims who sought services in a year?
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.
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.