Domestic violence in Alaska

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 23:00

Each year the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) conducts a national survey of domestic violence programs throughout the United States.

The National Census of Domestic Violence Services (Census) reveals that on the single date of Sept. 17, 2013, 18 domestic violence programs in Alaska served 618 victims in a 24-hour period.

Of the 618 victims served, 336 found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing, 282 adults and children were provided with non-residential services, including individual and group counseling, legal advocacy, and children’s support groups.

An additional 97 crisis hotline calls were answered, more than four each hour.

Domestic violence services included children’s support, emergency shelter for adults and children, transportation to bring victims to shelters and court and legal advocacy.

During the census period, there were 51 unmet requests for services. The most frequently cited services that could not be provided were for housing, counseling, and legal representation.

The majority of unmet requests were due to lack of available staff and reductions in federal and private funding.

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