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Revealing Snapshot of WV’s Domestic Violence Services

February 11, 2011

CHARLESTON, W.V. - In its fifth annual one-full-day survey of domestic violence shelters across the country, the National Network to End Domestic Violence reveals a telling picture about the situation in West Virginia. Angie Rosser with the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence says on any given day about 600 people get services from the coalition partners. And she says the national survey confirmed that.

"In one day, 579 victims were served by our shelter programs from around the state, and 168 of them were actually staying in an emergency shelter."

Rosser says the recession has made people's situations more complicated, and made it tougher for advocates to help.

"We're really having trouble meeting all the needs that victims present. We do try to connect with other resources in the community. But it's very rare that we can say that we were able to meet every need."

The survey shows that almost no one was turned away during an emergency, but that programs continually strained to meet the need. Rosser says that makes it difficult to do the prevention work that should be done.

The numbers from the "National Domestic Violence Counts 2010" are available at www.nnedv.org.

Dan Heyman, Public News Service - WV