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#DVcounts Census: Frequently Asked Questions for Journalists

Domestic Violence Counts: National Census of Domestic Violence Services

Who should I contact if I have any questions about this report?

  • Please contact the Communications team at 202-543-5566 or via email.

What is the name of the report?

  • Domestic Violence Counts 2014: A 24-Hour Census of Domestic Violence Shelters and Services

When was the survey conducted?

  • September 10, 2014.

Can we get data for a specific city or county?

  • No. For confidentiality and safety reasons, we only provide state-level aggregate reports.

How can we interpret the data?

  • Please take a look at the Understanding the Data section to properly understand how you can interpret the study. If you have more questions about the data or the report, please contact Cindy Southworth at 202-543-5566.

Compared to last year, the number of survivors who sought services increased. Does this mean that the number of domestic violence victims has increased?

  • Although the actual 2014 number is higher compared to Domestic Violence Counts 2013, increased demand for services does not necessarily mean that prevalence or incidence is increasing. Over 67,000 adult and child victims were served in one day in 2014 compared to a similar survey participation rate and number of local programs from 2013. This increased demand for services may be due in part to economic barriers, effective outreach and education reaching more victims, and other factors.

Is the economy causing more domestic violence?

  • A bad economy does not cause domestic violence, nor does a good economy stop domestic violence. In homes where domestic violence exists, however, job loss and economic stress and scarcity can exacerbate existing domestic violence. For more information, please refer to NNEDV’s handout, The Impact of the Economy on Domestic Violence.

What other resources are available?