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Domestic Violence Center sees increase in demand for service

Office sees more clients each year

Posted: July 22, 2008 12:34 a.m.
Updated: September 22, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 

The Domestic Violence Center of the Santa Clarita Valley has seen a big increase in the demand for its services over the last year, the center's executive director said Monday.

Calls to the center's emergency hotline increased to 910 calls in 2007-08, up from 755 in 2006-07 year - a 20 percent increase. The number of new office clients increased 10 percent to 148 in the last year. While the demand has been steadily increasing for at least the last four years, the number of court and advocacy cases spiked 49 percent from 73 to 109 in the last year. The center's Spanish-language support group increased from 40 to 53 participants this year.

Executive director Nicole Shellcroft said the high numbers may be due to an increase in awareness that there is help available.

"While domestic violence is a pervasive problem in the community, the increase in our service and client numbers is most likely due to an increase in awareness about available services," Shellcroft said. "We do a lot of community outreach and we also see our clients referring people they know in our community by word of mouth."

The center is also the only domestic violence center in the Santa Clarita Valley, she said.

In the last year, the center started up a high school support group to focus on dating violence, healthy relationships and self-esteem.

The center offers an emergency shelter for women and their children, a 24-hour hotline, women's support groups, crisis intervention, individual counseling, children's therapy, legal service referrals, a court approved batterer's program and community education.

For more information about the Domestic Violence Center, visit www.dvcsantaclarita.com or call (661) 259-8175.

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