Department of Family Services - Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building, Floor 7, Suite 740
Fairfax, VA 22035

Toni Zollicoffer,

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

2018 Domestic Violence Awareness Month banner

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

Get Involved

Fairfax County is sponsoring a series of events to mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to help you Be. The. One.