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Domestic Violence in VA: One Day, 1,035 Calls for Help

January 31, 2008

Richmond, VA – On a typical day in Virginia, more than a 1,000 people seek help from crisis centers because of domestic violence. Some Virginians looking for help are turned away because of resource shortages, according to a new study conducted by the National Network to End Domestic Violence.

Kate McCord at the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance says the lack of resources prevents victims from getting the help they need to remove themselves from dangerous situations.

"There is a critical shortage of funds and staff to help victims in need of services such as housing, child care, mental health and substance abuse counseling, in addition to legal representation."

Congress cut funding in this year's budget for some victim services programs. McCord says the Virginia General Assembly is considering a budget amendment to keep some essential programs running.

McCord believes the numbers prove that domestic violence services are the wrong place to trim the budget.

"Serving children and youth who are affected by domestic violence, as well as working to prevent future domestic violence, is truly an essential community service."

The National Network to End Domestic Violence tabulated calls for help across the country on a single day last September and the full report is available online at www.nnedv.org.

John Robinson, Public News Service - VA