The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Data Collection System is a project to enhance and improve the collection of statewide data from all victims who use the services of local domestic violence programs and sexual assault centers. This project began in April of 1996 through the support of the Violence Against Women Act (V-STOP) funds.

"I was close to ending my own life. I felt safe here."

A survivor of domestic and sexual violence wrote these words on a survey completed for the community domestic/sexual violence program where services were received. This survey is a part of the data collected by VAdata, the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Data Collection system.

Survivors of violence and advocates in Virginia's more than 50 sexual and domestic violence agencies (SDVAs) have been providing data to this system for more than 10 years. In 2012, SDVAs responded to 67,380 hotline calls. They provided face-to-face counseling and advocacy services to 20,963 victims of domestic violence, including 4,725 children and 7,282 victims of sexual violence, including 2,107 children.

The demand for sexual and domestic violence services has risen significantly over the last five years. Since 2008, local Sexual and Domestic Violence Agencies have seen a 41% increase in the demand for sexual assault crisis services and a 32% increase in the demand for domestic violence crisis services.

Domestic Violence Service Agencies provided emergency shelter to 6,592 women, children, and men. On an average night in 2012, there were 543 people staying in a domestic violence shelter.