In a news feature dated October 12, 2009, Time.com stated:
"Totally believable fact: The city police department's Domestic Violence Unit has reported a 7 percent increase in cases this year.
Read Detroit domestic-abuse dilemma here.
In the early 1990's, the WRC made a commitment to increase access to its services and began to shift to a decentralized service delivery model that focuses on providing services in communities throughout its service area. In 2006 – 07 the WRC served nearly 1,500 survivors of domestic and sexual violence:
- 369 adults and children received emergency and longer-term housing, including 6602 nights of emergency shelter in Helen's House and nearly 16,000 nights of shelter in the WRC's transitional and permanent supportive housing programs, a 257% increase since 2000.
- The WRC served 263 seniors, a 396% increase over 2000.
- The WRC provided nearly 7600 hours of one-on-one and group support and received nearly 4000 calls on its 24-hour crisis line.
(A Women's Anger Reduction & Empowerment) Programs served 337 clients, a 125% increase over 2000. Requests for awareness presentations, education, and training doubled.
In addition, the WRC runs Sara's House and Madeleine's House, both transitional residences where DV clients can live up to two years. The WRC serves a population of 142,046 located in five counties (southern Antrim, Benzie, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, and Leelanau) in northwest Lower Michigan.
By contrast, Detroit has a population estimated at about 822,000 in 2009.
See T.C.'s WRC here.