Each month, 1,200 women are admitted to domestic-violence programs — both residential and nonresidential — associated with the state’s Division of Women. Typically, the average length of stay is about 35 days.
Five counties are beyond capacity in their women’s shelters and have to turn women away or help them find another facility. The problem seemed particularly acute last year, the latest year for which statistics are available. The five counties with the biggest problems are Morris, Bergen, Mercer, Essex, and Salem.
There are also many women statewide who are waiting for nonresidential services. The counties with the most women awaiting help are Bergen, Middlesex, Atlantic, Mercer, and Sussex.