Domestic violence crosses ethnic, racial, age, nationality, sexual orientation, religious and socioeconomic lines. Homelessness affects many individuals and families right here in our community.

It is a national issue—the most recent statistics according to the Department of Justice and the American Psychological Association indicate that:

  • The average age of person in shelter is 11.
  • The fastest growing homeless population is families.
  • By the most conservative estimate, each year one million women suffer nonfatal violence by an intimate.
  • By other estimates, four million American women experience a serious assault by an intimate partner during an average 12-month period.
  • Nearly one in three adult women experience at least one physical or sexual assault at some point during their lives.
  • Thirty-seven percent of women who experienced domestic violence reported that the abuse had an impact on their work in the form of lateness, missed work, keeping a job, or career promotions.

Here are the facts:

Fact: During Iraqi Freedom and the Afghan War (2002 – 2012), we mourned the loss of 6,838 service men and women – In the same period 15,462 women died violent deaths at the hand of their partner.

Fact: 30% of HOMICIDES (1 in 3) are related to intimate partner violence
• Nearly 150 every year in Virginia
• 7 of the 21 homicides in Virginia Beach
• Only 23.5% of those killed had a protective order

Fact: The rate of violent crimes in Virginia increased by less than 1½% while the number of victims of DV increased by nearly 10%.

Fact: Impact on Children is devastating
• Boys witnessing domestic violence are 3x more likely to be abusers
• 50% of girls will be adult victims of domestic violence

Children of violent homes are:
• 6 times more likely to commit suicide
• 24 times more likely to be sexually assaulted
• 60 times more likely to be involved in delinquent behavior