We can ALL help end domestic violence
- Am I safe and respected in my relationships?
- Do I treat the people I love with respect and nonviolence?
- Do I know the signs of domestic violence?
- Would I know how to help a friend or family member who
was being abused?
- Do I want to live in a world where people are humiliated,
beaten, and killed by their intimate partners every day?
- What can I do to help end this violence?
Listen to the facts.
Domestic violence is a pattern of abusive behaviors used
by one person to control another person in the context of an
intimate or family relationship. The abuse can be physical,
sexual, and/or emotional.
- 1 in 4 women and 1 in 14 men have been physically assaulted
or raped by an intimate partner. (National Violence Against
Women Survey, 2000)
- In 2002, more than 40,000 calls were made to family violence
or sexual assault hotlines in Virginia. (VAdata Report
on Sexual & Domestic Violence)
- 3 out of 4 domestic violence victims who received services
from a domestic violence program in 2002 reported that they
sought help from a family member or friend first. (VAdata)
- In 2001, 55 Virginia women and 13 men died in a total
of 68 intimate partner homicides. (Office of the Chief
Medical Examiner, January 2003)
Learn what you can do.
- Call the police if you see or hear abuse in progress.
- Model respectful, non-violent behavior in your personal
- Speak up when others belittle women, make jokes about
domestic violence, or spread stereotypes about abuse.
- Educate yourself about domestic violence at www.vsdvalliance.org
For more information or immediate help, call the free,
confidential, 24-hour Virginia Family Violence & Sexual
Assault Hotline at 1.800.838.8238 (v/tty).