Domestic Violence Programs Seeing Increase in Emergency Services

Domestic Violence Programs Seeing Increase in Emergency Services

Domestic Violence Programs Seeing Increase in Emergency Services

The economic recession caused by the financial crisis in the United States seems to have led to increased domestic violence in the state of Texas for the last three years, according to an annual study carried out by The Allstate Foundation.

This year’s study found that programs dealing with domestic violence are getting increased requests for help and that those families that are at risk need to stay at shelters for a longer time. This is pushing many programs to both physical and financial capacity.

The survey from The Allstate Foundation received its data from 39 programs that deal with domestic violence. 84 percent of the programs surveyed said the need for their services went up again this year, as it did last year and the year before.  The services that the programs offer include counseling, shelter stays and hotline calls.

The most important trend in the survey this year was the length of time that families at risk needed to reside at a shelter. Some of the programs reported that stays doubled in duration.

When programs were queried as to the reasons for the increases, 80 percent said that the main reason was the faltering economy. This included reasons such as financial insolvency and no options for safe, affordable housing.

The programs also reported that they see a slow down of people needing help over the holidays but then demand for services increases again.


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