Author: Tosha Orr; Support Group Advocate
Domestic Violence was once considered a “private matter.” Friends, neighbors and even family members were reluctant to get involved. However, in the past few decades much of the stigma surrounding domestic violence has lessened and more people are starting to realize the far-reaching effects domestic violence has on our society. It is no longer considered a “private matter” but a public health crisis.
Every year domestic violence programs across the country participate in the National Census of Domestic Violence Services. The Indiana Coalition against Domestic Violence records those statistics for the State of Indiana.
On September 13, 2018, the ICADV gathered information about services from the 47 participating domestic violence programs around Indiana. The following is a snapshot of domestic violence statistics in Indiana during that 24-hour period.
- 2,071 Victims Served in One Day
1,354 domestic violence victims found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs. 717 adults and children received non-residential assistance and services, including counseling, legal advocacy, and children’s support groups.
- 614 Hotline Calls Answered
Domestic violence hotlines are a lifeline for victims in danger, providing support, information, safety planning, and resources. In the 24-hour survey period, local and state hotline staff in Indiana answered on average 26 hotline calls per hour.
- 230 Unmet Requests for Services in One Day, of which 87% (200) were for Housing
Victims made 230 requests for services — including emergency shelter, housing, transportation, childcare, legal representation, and more — that could not be provided because programs did not have the resources to provide these services. The most frequently requested non-residential services that could not be provided were housing advocacy, legal representation, and financial assistance. In the past year, local programs in Indiana were forced to eliminate 20 staff positions. Most of these positions (60%) were direct service providers, such as shelter staff or legal advocates. This means that there were fewer advocates to answer calls for help or provide needed services.
As evidenced by these statistics domestic violence is a huge problem in Indiana. There are too many victims in need and not nearly enough resources. Raising awareness of the problem is the first step to finding solutions. Domestic violence is a community-wide problem and needs community-wide solutions. Please support your local Domestic violence programs.
To hear personal stories of domestic violence from Families First clients, you can listen to episodes 7 and 8 of The Family Table Podcast. You can also learn How to File a Protective Order by watching this video.
*These and other statistics, resources and information can be found on the ICADV website.