By Rebecca Townsend
Local domestic violence service providers are issuing their own cry for help.
The need for services is up as funding wanes, advocates report, and the situation has reached such a critical point that, for the first time in memory, some people seeking services are being waitlisted.
The Domestic Violence Network held a press conference Friday announcing an effort to raise $30,000 for emergency shelter services.
July calls related to domestic violence were already tracking 30 percent over 2010, according to the city’s Domestic Violence Hub.
At least 318 more people have sought emergency services and shelter so far this year, advocates said, noting an especially “alarming” increase of more than 50 percent in people between the ages of 17 and 22. These young adults seeking assistance often have children who are also affected by abuse, advocates add.
Shelter overcrowding is causing victims to be waitlisted or relocated to shelters in Danville and Anderson, which are also facing capacity and funding issues.
The best place to send donations is www.dvnconnect.org, which has button linking to an emergency shelter donation page.