October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Oct. 6, 2009
During October, which is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM), there are many opportunities for Fairfax County residents to learn more about domestic violence and how to help prevent and end it. A calendar of events can be found online.
Domestic violence is commonly defined as a pattern of coercive behaviors used by an individual to gain and maintain power and control over another individual in the context of an intimate, dating or familial relationship. Every year, the Fairfax County Police Department responds to almost 10,000 domestic violence-related calls, and the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court issues more than 800 civil orders of protection on behalf of victims of family abuse.
The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors has established the Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy and Coordinating Council (DVPPCC) to guide the development of a coordinated communitywide response to domestic violence, and to promote safety and security for victims of abuse and accountability for perpetrators. The DVPPCC considers domestic violence a crime not only against the individual victim but against the entire community.
In Fairfax County, help is available 24 hours a day from the Victim Assistance Network at 703-360-7273, TTY 711, and Artemis House, the county’s emergency residential domestic violence shelter, at 703-435-4940, TTY 711. More information on domestic violence resources also can be found online.
Contact: Merni Fitzgerald, Director, Office of Public Affairs
703-324-3189, TTY 711, Media Pager: 703-324-NEWS (6397)
To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-3187, TTY 711