VAdata, managed by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, is Virginia's web-based data collection system. VAdata was developed to enhance and improve the
collection of statewide data from all survivors who use the services of
sexual and domestic violence agencies across the state. This
project began in April of 1996 through the support of the Violence
Against Women Act.
"I would have been lost without the help of the shelter. I probably would not have a safe place to live with my children."
A survivor of domestic violence wrote these words on a
survey completed for the community SDVA
where services were received. This survey is a part of the data
collected within VAdata.
Survivors of violence and advocates in Virginia's 62 sexual and domestic violence agencies (SDVAs) have been providing data
to this system for more than 15 years. In 2015, Virginia's SDVAs responded to 74,341 hotline calls. SDVA staff provided face-to-face counseling and advocacy services to 21,634 survivors of domestic violence and 7,320 survivors of sexual violence.
The demand for sexual and domestic violence services has risen over the past five years. Since 2010, the hotline has seen a 34% increase in the number of calls related to sexual violence and a 14% increase
in the number of calls related to domestic violence.
In 2015, SDVAs across Virginia provided 191,382 nights of emergency shelter to 5,836 people. In 2015 alone, there were 3,249 requests for shelter when the shelter was already full.
VAdata has served as a tool to capture the services provided to survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence since its inception.