SOURCE: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

January 22, 2015 09:00 ET

Services Offered by Domestic Violence Programs Now Tracked for All 50 States

Data Refreshed Every 24 Hours for Up-to-Minute Statistics

DENVER, CO--(Marketwired - January 22, 2015) - Most people know domesticshelters.org for its ability to help people experiencing domestic violence find help faster and easier than ever before. Since the site was launched 4 months ago it has helped more than 40,000 different people. A lesser-known aspect to the forward-thinking site is that it is also breaking new ground by quantifying a wide variety of information on domestic violence programs, now on a state-by-state basis.

Visitors to the site can now discover 118 graphs and data points on the degree to which domestic violence services are being offered in each state. To do so, scroll over "Resources" in the site's main navigation, select "Statistics" and then the state you wish to explore.

The state-level information is culled from the domesticshelters.org database of self-reported information from more than 3,000 domestic violence programs throughout the U.S. Every 24 hours the site retabulates the results for each state, since programs can and do routinely update any one of the 156 informational fields related to their organization on the site.

"Due to resource issues, fragmentation and technology challenges across the domestic violence advocacy landscape, this sort of information has never before been available all in one place," said Ruth Glenn, executive director of National Coalition Against Domestic Violence which partners with Theresa's Fund in operating the site. "Information gathering and sharing plays a critical role in increasing services and decreasing domestic violence."

On each state-level page there is also an alphabetical list of cities within that state where domestic violence programs are offered. Programs are located in more than 1,800 different cities across the U.S. Eventually the site operators plan to roll up the regional-level data into a nationwide summary of services provided by domestic violence programs.

In addition, the new Statistics area of the site offers facts and figures on 11 commonly sought-out national statistical topics such as "Domestic Violence Facts and Statistics", "Children and Domestic Violence", "Sexual Assault and Stalking", "Homelessness and Domestic Violence", "Law Enforcement, Justice System and Domestic Violence" and more. The national statistics have been aggregated from a variety of studies and sources.

The database behind domesticshelters.org is the largest of its kind ever created, and importantly, gives individual and professional users of the website the ability to enter their location, language and service preferences, and with a single mouse click, instantly see the most proximate, relevant opportunities for help.

According to Google more than 3,000,000 searches are conducted per month for information related to domestic violence, and most often related to seeking help. The website is optimized for smartphone and tablet use, recognizing that consumers are increasingly using their devices to conduct searches. In fact, nearly half of the website's visitors are from mobile devices.

About NCADV

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) has worked since 1978 to make every home a safe home. NCADV works to raise awareness about domestic violence; to educate and create programming and technical assistance, to assist the public in addressing the issue and to support those impacted by domestic violence.

About Theresa's Fund

Theresa's Fund is a private family foundation started in 1992 by Preston V. McMurry, Jr. that has helped to change the landscape of domestic violence services in Arizona through grant making, board development and fundraising that has helped to generate more than $49 million in donations for Arizona-based organizations such as East Valley Child Crisis Center, Sojourner Center, Florence Crittenden, Emerge, UMOM, and West Valley Child Crisis Center. It developed the domesticshelters.org concept as a way to expand its reach to people across the U.S.

Contact Information

  • For More Information Contact

    Sylvia Torralba
    Projects Manager
    National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    storralba@ncadv.org
    303-839-1852 x104