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 65 sexual and domestic violence agencies (SDVAs) have been providing data to this system for more than 15 years. In 2016, Virginia's SDVAs responded to 62,075 hotline calls. SDVA staff provided face-to-face counseling and advocacy services to 16,197 survivors of domestic violence and 5,519 survivors of sexual violence.

In 2016, SDVAs across Virginia provided 103,860 nights of emergency shelter to 5,731 people. In 2016 alone, there were 1,987 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.