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Preventing Domestic Violence Deaths in IA

October 12, 2010

DES MOINES, Iowa - October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to 2009 statistics, every day 468 people received some sort of assistance from domestic violence programs in Iowa, and another 456 were provided emergency shelter. But on average, over 100 were turned away because of lack of funding.

Laurie Schipper, executive director of the Iowa Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says the economy makes the problem more acute.

"With the economic times as they are, public awareness and educational campaigns are often the first things to be cut back on, as advocates are attempting to just meet the increasing need for services."

She says everyone in the community has a stake in making sure domestic violence is eliminated.

"Domestic violence has a huge impact on our community and takes a huge toll on our most valuable resources - our children, our community members. It has an impact on worker productivity and medical expenses affecting all of us."

Schipper says at some point all Iowans will be personally affected by domestic violence through family or friends, and by becoming aware, she says, you can become an effective support person.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA