Thursday, January 27, 2011

Idaho Has More Demand, Less Money for Domestic Violence Services

Posted By on Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 12:43 PM

A new survey reveals a good news/bad news portrait of services for victims of domestic violence. In one 24-hour period, 517 victims of domestic violence and their children across Idaho received life-saving services from local domestic violence organizations. On the flip side, 67 requests for services went unmet, largely due to lack of funding.

The study by the National Network to End Domestic Violence found that more than 80 percent of Idaho domestic violence programs reported increased demand for services, while nearly the same number reported decreases in funding.

"Every day of the week, Idaho's domestic violence service providers struggle to meet the increasing and complex needs of victims and their children," said Kelly Miller, executive director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence.

On the date of the survey, September 15, three women were murdered by their intimate partners in the United States. Thirty-six babies were born to mothers living in domestic violence shelters. Three men committed suicide—one after murdering his wife, another after a failed attempt to kill his girlfriend—and the third after holding his partner hostage and a standoff with police.

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