National Domestic Violence Hotline Survey Results!
The National Domestic Violence Hotline has released a breakdown of caller data for the first half of 2013. The statistics for this brief period of time are quite staggering, and make it obvious that domestic violence is a social problem of epidemic proportions in the United States.
In the first half of 2013, the National Domestic Violence Hotline received nearly 120,000 calls. That is an average of about 20,000 calls a month or about 667 calls per day. They documented 71 calls from Wyoming, who ranks fifty-first in terms of hotline call volume.
The top 10 Wyoming cities in call volume are (in descending order): Cheyenne (20%), Laramie (17%), Casper (14%), Gillette (4%), Riverton (3%), Sheridan (3%), Rock Springs (3%), Cody (3%), Powell (3%), and Lander (3%).
Callers to the hotline were primarily victims or survivors of domestic violence. Other callers included family and friends of victims, service providers, victims and friends of victims of other types of crimes and even batterers themselves.
Approximately 89% of Wyoming residents calling the Hotline disclosed being emotionally and verbally abused, 58% disclosed physical abuse, and 5% had been sexually abused. Nationally, about 95% of callers to the Hotline had experienced emotional or verbal abuse, 70% experienced physical abuse, and 7% experienced sexual abuse.
The most commonly requested services by Wyoming callers were shelter, legal advocacy and representation, counseling, support groups. These callers needs were met by referrals to service providers, direct connection to local resources, and counseling (mainly crisis intervention, safety planning, and education on domestic violence).
Again, these statistics are only for half of 2013. Final stats for the year will be posted again here when they are distributed. This is just a snapshot of the abuse happening in Wyoming and around the country, but awareness of this major issue is the first step to solving the problem plaguing our country.
'12 Domestic Violence Counts National Summary
On September 12, 2012, 1,646 out of 1,924 (or 86%) of identified local domestic violence programs in the US and territories participated in the 2012 National Census of Domestic Violence Services. These programs provided the following information during the 24-hour survey period.
64,324 Victims Served in One Day
35,323 domestic violence victims found refuge in emergency shelters or transitional housing provided by local domestic violence programs. In addition to a safe place to lay their heads at night, shelter residents were provided with a variety of comprehensive services including:
- Children's support/advocacy
- Court/legal accompaniment/advocacy
- Advocacy related to public benefits/TANF/Welfare
- Job training/employment assistance
During a 12-month period an estimated 14 in every
1,000 persons age 18 or older were victims of stalking
• About half (46%) of stalking victims experienced at least
one unwanted contact per week, and 11% of victims said
they had been stalked for 5 years or more.
• The risk of stalking victimization was highest for individuals
who were divorced or separated—34 per 1,000
• Women were at greater risk than men for stalking victimization;
however, women and men were equally likely to
• Male (37%) and female (41%) stalking victimizations
were equally likely to be reported to the police.
• Approximately 1 in 4 stalking victims reported some form
of cyberstalking such as e-mail (83%) or instant messaging
• 46% of stalking victims felt fear of not knowing what
would happen next.
• Nearly 3 in 4 stalking victims knew their offender in some