Raising Awareness of Domestic Violence in Fairfax County
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Letter to the Editor of the Fairfax Times in October 2016.
In the May 2016 Fairfax VOTER, LWVFA studied, Mental Health + Overview of the Community Services Board and Diversion First Program. There was a listing of the effects of domestic violence (DV) on children, including the staggering number of children affected by DV each year. The Domestic Violence Roundtable located in Sudbury, Mass., states that "Studies show that 3-4 million children between 3 and 17 are at risk of exposure to domestic violence each year." The effects of domestic violence, however, can vary by gender.
For more, read here.
At our General Meeting on Sunday, November 20, 2016, our guest Speaker will be Michele Thames, Executive Director, SafeSpot Children's Advocacy Center of Fairfax County. SafeSpot's mission is "to provide a centralized, family-friendly location for the investigation of child sexual abuse and severe physical abuse allegations, bringing together law enforcement, child protective services, and other critical professionals to minimize the number of times a child has to describe the abuse." In preparation for her talk, the Domestic Violence Committee would like to provide you with some information on child abuse and the effects it has on children.
Did you know that two-thirds of Americans believe that domestic violence is a serious problem and yet just more than 1 in 3 have ever talked about it?*
The same 2014 national survey also found:
Use social media to spread the word! Post or tweet responsible media articles on the subject or simple facts about the issue. Find sample posts and tweets like these each day in the DVAM Did you Know? this month:
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Did you know that two-thirds of Americans believe that domestic violence in a serious problem and yet just more than 1 in 3 have ever talked about it? Visit http://purplepurse.com/trends/ for warning signs and tips for starting the conversation today! For help, call Fairfax County's 24-hour Hotline: 703-360-7273.
#DVAM #DYK? 2/3 of Americans believe #domesticviolence is a serious problem yet only 1 in 3 talk about it #NoMoreViolence #FairfaxCounty
Start the conversation! Fairfax County is joining providers from across the DC region today for a Metro Day of Action, distributing materials and starting conversations with passengers at all WMATA metro stations.
Even if you can't staff a metro station today, you can be a safe person for a family member, friend, neighbor, or coworker to talk to about healthy relationships or to discuss violence in their relationship: Talking to Your Kids What to say when you think someone is being abused What to say if you suspect someone is using abusive behavior
Sandy Bromley, JD Fairfax County-Wide Domestic Violence Coordinator Office: (703) 324-9494 Cell: (571) 215-2429 Community Events & Resources: www.fairfaxdvcommunity.org
Fairfax County Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) Web: http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/domesticviolence/dvac/ Information & Intake Line: (703) 246-4573
Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Web: www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ofw 24-hour Hotline: (703) 360-7273
We are fortunate to live and work in a safe community, with an extremely low homicide rate and proactive public safety efforts. However, each year, about half of the homicides in the county involve domestic violence.
Reviews of the county's 2009 and 2010 domestic violence-related homicides revealed:
Review the 2012 Family and Intimate Partner Homicide Report from the Virginia Department of Health [For comparison purposes, the county's team reviews intimate partner and intimate partner-associated homicides (pages 7-12).]
For more information on the two programs featured on the fact sheet, visit:
DYK Domestic violence is a leading cause of homicide in Fairfax County? Help is available: 703-360-7273 (24 hr) #DVAM