A study released this morning from the National Network to End Domestic Violence offers hope to the untold number of women, men and children who are victims of domestic violence.
The study, Domestic Violence Counts, indicates 688 victims of domestic violence and their children across Idaho received what NNEDV called "life-saving services" in one 24-hour period.
But the despairing news is that while advocates answered 255 emergency hot line calls in that 24-hour period, it's estimated that 72 requests for services went unmet, largely due to lack of funding, according to the organization.
"Funding is now more vital than ever to ensure that Idaho domestic violence service providers can provide essential services for victims fleeing violence—safe and accessible housing, counseling for victims and their children, economic stability, and often civil legal assistance,” said Kelly Miller, executive director of the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence. "Every day of the week, Idaho's domestic violence service providers struggle to meet the increasing and complex needs of victims of domestic violence and their children."
The statistics come from a once-a-year national census of domestic violence shelters and services. The latest report chose Sept. 12, 2012, to conduct the survey.