Census Frequently Asked Questions for Journalists
Domestic Violence Counts 2010. National Census of Domestic Violence Services (Census)
Who should I contact if I have any questions about this report?
- Please contact Brian Namey at 202-543-5566.
What is the name of the report?
When was the survey conducted?
- September 15, 2010.
Can we get data for a specific city or county?
- No. For confidentiality and safety reasons, we only provide state-level aggregate reports.
How can we interpret the data?
- Please take a look at the Understanding the Data section to properly understand how you can interpret the study. If you have more questions about the data or the report, please contact Brian Namey at 202-543-5566.
Compared to last year, the number of survivors who sought services increased. Does this mean that more victims are seeking services this year and that the number of domestic violence victims has increased?
- Although the actual 2010 number is higher compared to Domestic Violence Counts 2009, using those two numbers alone to conclude that a higher number means that there is an increase in victims seeking services would be inaccurate. More programs participated in the Domestic Violence Counts 2010 than in the 2009 report, which would result in a higher count. Some programs have reported, however, that they are seeing an increase in demand for services for many reasons.
Is the economy causing more domestic violence?
- A bad economy does not cause domestic violence, nor does a good economy stop domestic violence. In homes where domestic violence exists, however, job loss and economic stress and scarcity can exacerbate existing domestic violence. For more information, please refer to NNEDV's handout, The Impact of the Economy on Domestic Violence.
What other resources are available?
- NNEDV has several handouts that you may find useful. Particularly, take a look at these two documents: Frequently Asked Questions About Domestic Violence and the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Factsheet.
Return to main Domestic Violence Counts reports: http://nnedv.org/census