Study highlights lack of support for domestic abuse victims

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Domestic Violence on Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Suffering from any form of violence or abuse is difficult to bear and can cause lasting physical and emotional damage. Sadly, many people experience abuse at the hands of people they know and care for, even within their own homes. In Missouri and throughout the United States, the number of victims of domestic violence seeking assistance each day is alarming. Even more concerning is the lack of resources available to help victims.

A recent study estimated that more than 66,000 domestic abuse victims received aid from support services within a single 24-hour window. Unfortunately, a further 10,000 went unaided in that same period due to a lack of resources. Some of those who could not be helped were in need of services as vital as emergency shelter.

The report details findings from for one 24 hour period on Sept. 17, 2013. In one state alone that day yielded 727 victims of domestic abuse and 333 calls to hotlines. In the same state, Kansas, a quarter of murders are linked to domestic violence. However, due to staffing shortages and budget cuts, the situation seems unlikely to improve.

Residents of Missouri are affected by this just as much as anyone. While the sample set specified was from Kansas, the statistics gathered by this report used data from organizations across the United States.

It can be difficult to challenge, or even to recognize, domestic abuse. If you or someone close to you is experiencing physical or emotional abuse within their home or family, it is important to stand against it. A thorough investigation can help you understand the situation and to obtain a protective order if required. By doing this, you can work toward ensuring the safety and well-being of yourself and your loved ones.

Source: WIBW, “National Survey Highlights Need For Increased Funding For Domestic Violence Service Providers,” Greg Palmer, March 10, 2014

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