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VAdata is an electronic web-based data collection system for Virginia's sexual and domestic violence service agencies. One of its unique features is that VAdata captures information on both sexual and domestic violence experiences from both domestic violence programs and sexual assault crisis centers in a single system.

The system provides a summary of data on the adults and children served by these agencies, including a description of the violence experienced, the perpetrators of that violence, the impact of the violence and strategies used to cope with its effects, and the services received.

The data provided by VAdata are an important tool in Virginia's effort to address and prevent sexual and domestic violence. Moreover, data help to illustrate how vital family violence services change can lives. In 2020, nearly 3,000 adult survivors supported by Virginia's sexual and domestic violence agencies responded to confidential surveys:
  • 96% knew more ways to plan for their safety.
  • 94% knew more about community resources.
  • 94% of those from underserved populations* indicated that felt welcomed and respected

* Underserved populations include, but are not limited to: people over the age of 60, people with disabilities, people who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, immigrants and people with Limited English Proficiency, Native Americans, Latinx, African Americans, LGBTQ+, people living in rural areas, and religious minorities.

Value to Sexual and Domestic Violence Service Agencies

  • Responds to the data needs of advocates and survivors
  • Generates reports for multiple funding sources
  • Offers immediate access to community and statewide report data
  • Offers case management capabilities
  • Reduces documentation and recordkeeping
  • Promotes consistency with internal and statewide documentation and reporting
  • Complies with VAWA confidentiality regulations
  • Includes outcome data generated from surveys completed by service recipients

Value to Communities and/or States

  • Provides community and statewide data
  • Promotes consistency in community and/or statewide data collection and reporting
  • Generates local and statewide reports for diverse purposes
  • Includes data collected directly from victims on the impact and value of services provided
  • Is adaptable to other states and localities
  • Was designed, established, and tested specifically for sexual and domestic violence service agencies

Virginia launched the statewide project Documenting Our Work in 2009. Since the start of the project, more than 30,000 surveys have been collected from survivors across the Commonwealth. From these surveys, we found that:


  • 91% of survivors received help meeting basic financial needs
  • 83% received help finding safe and affordable housing
  • 91% of survivors with children believe their children now know it's okay to talk with someone about their experiences

  • VAdata helps us to provide a picture of the vital services being provided to survivors of sexual and/or domestic violence across the state.