What is DVAM?
Domestic violence is 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 or dating relationship. Domestic violence occurs between people of all ages, races, ethnicities, economic, educational, gender identities, and religious backgrounds, in heterosexual and same-sex relationships, living together or separately, married or unmarried. Statistics indicate domestic violence is a major cause of emotional and physical injury to women; however, men and children also are victims of such violence. Approximately 1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime.
Domestic violence can ultimately be deadly. About one-third of female homicide victims are killed by an intimate partner. On average, more than three women and one man are murdered by their intimate partners in the U.S. every day. In Fairfax County, approximately half of all homicides involve domestic violence every year.
This year, our theme for Domestic Violence Awareness Month is Be. The. One. We encourage you to choose a simple thing you can do to Be. The. One. to raise awareness about and to help end domestic violence. #BeThe1
Fairfax County is sponsoring a series of events to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to help you Be. The. One.