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WVa DV Referrals
Slow in Coming

Register-Herald (Beckley, WV) - 8/20/2012

A new study by the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources indicates that domestic violence survivors and abusers receive few referrals to mental health providers.

The study, which produced individual Behavioral Health County Profiles, shows that in 2010, zero percent of abusers in Summers, Raleigh, Nicholas, Monroe, Fayette and Wyoming counties were referred to a mental health provider.

Percentages for Greenbrier, Nicholas, and Mercer counties were not available as less than five individuals were referred.

Likewise, numbers of domestic violence survivors who are referred to a mental health provider are low.

The report shows that in 2010, 0.2 percent of survivors were referred to a mental health provider in Greenbrier County, 3.5 percent in Nicholas, 3.7 percent in Monroe, 4.9 percent in Raleigh, 7.1 percent in Fayette and 12.1 percent in Summers.

A percentage was not available for Wyoming County because the number of survivors referred in 2010 was less than five.

The exception to these low referral rates is Mercer County.

The DHHR report shows 93.1 percent (850 individuals) of domestic violence survivors in 2010 were referred.

The report also showed there are more survivors in Mercer County, 13.7 percent, that are determined to have a mental disability.

In 2010, 4.4 percent of survivors in Summers County were determined to have a mental disability compared to 2.7 percent in Greenbrier, 2.5 in Monroe, 2.3 percent in Nicholas and 2 percent in Raleigh.

The percentage was not available for Fayette County because less than five victims were determined to have a mental disability.

The study also examined the percentages of abusers in 2010 whose substance abuse was identified as contributing to domestic violence.

The report showed Mercer County had 68.7 percent (508 abusers) of abusers with substance abuse problems factoring into domestic abuse. Nicholas County showed 44 percent; Summers, 40 percent; Raleigh, 31.9 percent; Monroe, 29.9 percent; Greenbrier, 27.4 percent; Wyoming, 25 percent; and Fayette, 29.8 percent.

According to the study, 97 victims of domestic violence were sheltered in Raleigh County through the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 2010.

Sixty-seven were sheltered in Greenbrier, 31 in Fayette and Mercer counties, 19 in Wyoming, 16 in Monroe and 12 in Nicholas.

The numbers of domestic victims served through the coalition but not sheltered in 2010 are much higher.

There were 882 people served through the West Virginia Coalition Against Domestic Violence in Mercer County, 754 in Raleigh, 555 in Greenbrier, 506 in Nicholas, 384 in Fayette, 289 in Wyoming, 227 in Monroe and 203 in Summers County.

 
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