October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Domestic violence succeeds when we’re silent. October is an opportunity for everyone to speak out against domestic violence.

Facts about domestic violence:

  • More than 12 million men and women become victims of domestic violence each year.
  • One in four women and one in seven women will experience severe physical violence from a spouse or partner during their lifetimes.
  • Approximately two-thirds of all domestic violence incidents occur at home.
  • Domestic violence is the third leading cause of homelessness.
  • More than three million children each year are witnesses to domestic violence.
  • Domestic violence costs more than $37 billion a year in law enforcement involvement, legal work, medical and mental health treatment, and lost productivity at companies.
  • In 2014, Virginia Sexual & Domestic Violence Agencies responded to 71, 091 hotline calls, provided face-to-face counseling and advocacy services to 20,096 victims of domestic violence, including 3,996 children and 7,227 victims of sexual violence, including 1,822 children, and provided emergency shelter to 5,958 people.

Virginia’s record:

  • The General Assembly has passed more than 36 pieces of legislation over the last 10 years aimed at combatting domestic violence.
  • In 2015, the General Assembly passed a series of changes to combat sexual and domestic violence on college campuses, including legislation to strengthen reporting requirements, require colleges to work with local crisis centers, require campus police to notify local law enforcement, and create a state advisory committee for sexual and domestic violence.
  • In 2014, the General Assembly appropriated $3.1 million for domestic violence prevention, treatment and other services.

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