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Domestic Violence– In Iowa, Not Enough Shelter to Go Around

October 16, 2007

Des Moines, IA – October is "Domestic Violence Awareness Month," and it comes just in time to raise awareness of the fact that, for Iowa victims, there's not enough help to go around. In the last dozen years, 23,000 Iowans have sought assistance from the network of shelters around the state.

Sarabeth Anderson with the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence suspects many more may need help but aren't getting it, because funding cutbacks mean the number of shelters is dwindling.

"There used to be in the middle 30's, in terms of numbers of shelters and outreach centers. We now have 27 across the state, and that's just an issue of funding."

Since 1995 there have been 167 deaths in Iowa from domestic violence. Anderson says in addition to shelters, there needs to be a longterm outreach effort, to change attitudes and reduce the incidence of domestic violence.

"Start with prevention and awareness when people are young, and just make them aware very early that it exists, and it's not okay."

Anderson says people in threatening situations who are not familiar with Iowa's network of shelters can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-472-2911 to be directed to the closest shelter or outreach program. In addition, learn more about "Domestic Violence Awareness Month" online, at www.icadv.org

Dick Layman/John Robinson, Public News Service - IA