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Arkansas DV Counts Snapshot - 2006

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Domestic Violence Counts

The National Census of Domestic Violence Services
Executive Summary for Arkansas

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"The complexity of the issues is very diverse - the lives we touch on a daily basis. How does one capture the joy of a woman finding
a job? How does one capture in one day the numerous systems we interact with, to advocate, to seek change? And how we do that
today is different than how it will look tomorrow."

-An urban program

On November 2nd 2006, 22 out of 29 identified local domestic violence programs (76%) in Arkansas participated in the National Census of Domestic Violence Services (NCDVS). Designed to address the safety and confidentiality needs of victims, the Census collected an unduplicated, non-invasive count of adults and children who received critical services from local domestic violence programs during the 24-hour survey period. Since some local programs did not participate, this Census provides a powerful glimpse but remains an undercount of the actual number of victims who sought and received services.


During the 24-hour survey period 164 victims of domestic violence received housing services from a domestic violence program, either in emergency shelter or transitional housing.

327 adults and children were served in Arkansas.

  • 111 adults and children found refuge in emergency domestic violence shelters
  • 53 adults and children were living in transitional housing programs, designed specifically for domestic violence survivors
  • 163 adults and children sought non-residential advocacy and services such as individual counseling, legal advocacy, and children's support groups

"We are really struggling with capacity issues right now. We've had two months of turning people away more often than not."

-A suburban program


Programs reported a considerable unmet demand for services due to a lack of resources, including limited staffing and overflowing shelters.

64 requests for services were tragically unmet due to a lack of resources.

  • 18 unmet requests for emergency shelter
  • 2 unmet requests for transitional housing
  • 44 unmet requests for non-residential services


Domestic violence hotlines provide critical support and information for victims in danger. 100 hotline calls were answered, more than 4 hotline calls every hour.


Local domestic violence programs implement prevention and early intervention curricula at schools, and provide trainings in the workplace and to the broader community.

  • 65 people were trained during the survey day by local domestic violence programs.


Most programs operate with relatively few staff.

  • 62% of participating local programs employ less than 10 staff
  • 10% employ 10-20 paid staff
  • 28% staff numbers not provided

"We have NO paid staff. We function with all volunteers and they are getting tired."

-A suburban program


Across Arkansas, local programs provide support to victims in a variety of communities.

  • 52% of local programs are primarily rural
  • 10% of local programs are primarily suburban
  • 10% of local programs are primarily urban
  • 28% community type not provided

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