Every month in Fairfax County, domestic violence hotlines receive over
240 calls, victims request 64 family abuse protective orders,
13 families escape to an emergency domestic violence shelter, and almost 160 domestic violence arrests are made.
Additionally, thousands of children are witnessing domestic violence in
their homes: Domestic Violence Action
Center (DVAC) served
families with a total of 979 children and over half (51%) of the residents in the 24-hour emergency shelter, Artemis House,
were children (47% of them 12 and under).
Domestic violence is typically a pattern of coercive behaviors used by an individual to gain or maintain power and control over another individual in the context of an intimate, dating, or familial relationship.
Forms of domestic violence may be criminal (e.g. physical assault or stalking) or not (e.g. verbal abuse or financial control).
To report a crime, call the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2131 or, for emergencies, please call 911.
If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of domestic violence, and you want to talk about options and resources available, call the 24-hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline at 703-360-7273.
October was Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)! Here's how we commemorated the month in 2015:
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors proclaimed October as DVAM in Fairfax County.
Domestic Violence Network member agencies sponsored over 30 events to raise awareness of domestic violence in our community.
Check out the photos from a variety of those events!
Fairfax County promotes Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Crime Victims' Rights Week
Check out the pictures from our Proclamations, Teal Out Day, Sexual Assault Awareness Month Walk 2015 and Fairfax County Police Department Victim Services Section's Candlelight Vigil.
One in three teens will experience dating violence and two-thirds of them will never report it. Abuse crosses all social, economic and ethnic boundaries, devastating a young person's health and safety. Dating violence hurts victims, families, friends, schools and communities.
It's time to break the cycle.
Throughout February 2015, Fairfax County promoted Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (#teenDVmonth) events across the county to highlight the need to educate young people about dating violence, teach healthy relationship skills, and prevent the devastating cycle of abuse.
Check out the photo album for pictures from our #Orange4Love Day and Art & Media Contest Reception.
A huge shout-out to the youth and staff at the Gum Springs Computer Clubhouse for their work all month educating their peers on dating violence.
Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy, and Coordinating Council (DVPPCC) 2014 Annual Report
The Fairfax County Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy, and Coordinating Council (DVPPCC) has released its 2014 Annual Report. The report highlights the significant, coordinated efforts of our council member entities to prevent and respond to domestic violence and stalking over the past year as well as a snapshot of interventions and services provided in Fiscal Year 2014.
Of note, from October 2013 - October 2014, the council's member agencies and partners:
Fairfax County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (DVFRT) Annual Report
The Fairfax County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (DVFRT) has released its 2013 Annual Report. The report reveals the findings and recommendations from the DVFRT's review of 2010 domestic violence-related homicides in Fairfax County. Highlights of the report include:
Fairfax County's Domestic Violence Community's 2013 Award