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
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.