Connecticut Service Statistics
The following statistics represent the victims who received services from CCADV’s 18 member domestic violence organizations during the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. Please note that these numbers only represent those victims who sought services at our member agencies and do not represent the total number of individuals victimized by domestic violence in Connecticut.
|Total Victims Served|
|30,128 contacts with victims in crisis|
Crisis calls received on both the English and Spanish statewide domestic violence hotlines, as well as individual agency hotlines. This also includes hotline calls resulting from lethality assessment screens by law enforcement.
|Safe Home Services
|2,325 victims housed|
Safe home or emergency shelter services are provided to female, male, and child victims in serious physical danger who have no other safe housing options. There were 1,294 adults and 1,031 children housed.
Demand for shelter has increased 119% in 8 years. In fiscal year 2008, our shelter system ran at 57% capacity; in fiscal year 2013 it ran at 95% capacity; and in fiscal year 2016 it ran at 125% capacity. Increased knowledge about services through public awareness campaigns and coordinated outreach efforts through programs such as medical advocacy and the Lethality Assessment Program result in more requests for service. Additionally, reductions in other human services such as mental health and substance abuse treatment and a lack of affordable housing often leave victims with no place else to go.
The average length of stay in a domestic violence shelter has increased 77% in 8 years. The average length of stay was 26 days in fiscal year 2008; 37 days in fiscal year 2013; and 46 days in fiscal year 2016. Victims are presenting with more acute, complex needs, such as immigration issues, significant health concerns like cancer and high risk pregnancies, mental health and substance use issues that require longer shelter stays and additional residential supports until stable, appropriate housing can be identified and secured.
|43,034 victims served|
Community services include individual counseling, safety planning, support groups, court advocacy, information & referrals, transportation, housing advocacy, basic needs, parenting support and activity groups for teens and youth. There was a 10% increase in the amount of community-based services provided compared to fiscal year 2015.
|Court Based Services|
|29,005 victims served|
Victims involved in criminal and civil court cases were provided with counseling, safety planning, guidance related to the court process, and information & referrals. Court-based advocates were available in all criminal courts, but funding for civil advocacy was only available in four family courts. There was a 15% increase in victims served compared to fiscal year 2015.
|Community Education Services|
|2,865 community education events|
Community education is provided across the state and includes training for law enforcement, medical professionals, religious & civic organizations, businesses and other interested stakeholders. Domestic violence prevention programs are also provided at schools from elementary through college. Participants included 61,061 children & youth and 25,675 adults. There was a 19% increase in community education events over fiscal year 2015.
|22,550 victims served|
These are one-on-one counseling sessions with advocates. A total of 81,420 counseling sessions were provided over the courts of 93,633 hours - a 15% increase from fiscal year 2015.
|1,233 support group sessions|
Support group sessions are attended by multiple victims. Support was provided in group sessions over the course of 6,012 hours - a 13% increase from fiscal year 2015.
These fact sheets will provide details on domestic violence services provided by our 18 member domestic violence agencies over the course of a fiscal year (7/1 – 6/30), similar to those listed above for the most recently completed fiscal year.
Domestic Violence Counts
Domestic Violence Counts is an annual noninvasive, unduplicated count of adults and children who seek services from domestic violence agencies throughout the country during a single 24-hour survey period. It is conducted by the National Network to End Domestic Violence.