Domestic Violence

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
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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.


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:

  • In 2010, domestic violence was the leading cause of homicide in Fairfax County (7 of 16 total homicides, 44%).
  • Four (57%) of the domestic violence-related homicides involved a firearm as the fatal agent. Two (29%) of the homicides involved strangulation.
  • One murder (14%) involved two children who were present (within the vicinity of the murder) during the homicide. Another murder involved a child who was killed by her father after the father had killed her mother.
  • Four of the seven homicides (57%) involved bystanders - people whom either directly heard threats to kill or knew about ongoing violence in the relationship but felt they could not intervene.

DVFRT 2013 Annual Report

DVFRT 2012 Annual Report

Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy & Coordinating Council, 2013 Annual Report.

Fairfax County's Domestic Violence Community's 2013 Award Winners Announced.


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