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.
Domestic Violence Counts 2014
We are now collecting data from primary purpose domestic violence agencies. Submit your data by filling out the online survey HERE.
Do you need a copy of the survey packet? Download a copy of the survey packet.
If you missed the informational call that we held on September 3, 2014, you can listen to a recording of that call by dialing 1-888-203-1112 (toll free) or 1-719-457-0820 and then enter the passcode: 332464166.
You can also email us at by going to our contact us page and select Census of Domestic Violence Services in the subject line.
Domestic Violence Counts 2013
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.