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Domestic Violence Counts - NH Victims Turned Away

March 13, 2007


Knock on the door for help, and there's no answer. A new census released today tracked how many victims of domestic violence or sexual assault called for help in a 24-hour period last year, and how many couldn't be helped because there wasn't enough money or services available. It's timely information, as Congress will soon consider whether to re-authorize the "Violence Against Women Act," which helps pay for those services. Grace Mattern is with the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

"Victims are calling crisis centers and asking for the support and the services that they need, but we can't always meet the need."

Mattern says domestic violence programs most often have a hard time providing emergency shelter, which is something that can save lives. She says a lot of times the issue is money, other times, there just isn't enough staff to handle all the requests for help. Close to 200 people, including children, needed help in New Hampshire and couldn't get it.

"Full funding for the Violence Against Women Act would make a significant difference in our ability to provide services to victims here in New Hampshire."

The report comes from the National Network to End Domestic Violence at www.nnedv.org.

Deborah Smith/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NH