Urgent Need Revealed for Domestic Violence Services, Lifesaving Work Documented
The National Network to End Domestic Violence’s annual Census Day report, released recently, found that, in a single 24-hour period, more than 66,000 victims of domestic violence received help and support from service organizations in the United States. Yet nearly 10,000 more victims who needed assistance could not be helped due to lack of adequate resources.
In Pennsylvania, 2,424 victims received services in that 24-hour period, but 364 victims could not be helped because local programs lacked the capacity due to a shortage of funds. Of Pennsylvania’s 364 unmet requests, 60 percent (218) were for housing. The most frequently requested non-residential service that couldn’t be provided was housing advocacy, followed by legal representation, and financial assistance. This report illustrates the critical work being done by programs across the commonwealth and the great need for increased funding for these lifesaving services. Click here to read the full press release.