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An Online Resource Library on Gender-Based Violence.

Domestic Violence Counts 2009: A 24-hour census of domestic violence shelters and services

General Material

On September 15, 2009, 83 percent of identified domestic violence programs in the United States participated in the 2009 National Census of Domestic Violence Services. The results were published in this report. For the fourth consecutive year, NNEDV conducted the one-day, unduplicated count of adults and children seeking domestic violence services in the U.S., documenting the number of individuals who sought services, the types of services requested, the number of service requests that went unmet because of lack of resources, and the issues and barriers that domestic violence programs are facing as they strive to provide services to victims of domestic violence.

In just one day:
1,648 participating local domestic violence programs (83%) Assisted 65,321 adults and children through shelter, transitional housing, and advocacy

  • Answered 23,045 hotline calls, over 16 calls every minute
  • Trained 30,735 attendees at 1,468 community education sessions

A few notes:

  • 9,280 requests for services went unmet because of a lack of resources or staffing. 60% of the unmet requests were for emergency shelter or transitional housing and 40% of the unmet requests were for non-residential services.
  • 17,445 Children under 18 spent the night of September 15, 2009 in a domestic violence shelter or transitional housing program - far more than the approximately 11,000 children who are born every day across the U.S.
  • This year, 25 states and territories achieved a 100% participation rate!