Fairfax County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team Annual Report Released
The Fairfax County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (DVFRT) has released its 2013 Annual Report. The report reveals the findings and recommendations from the DVFRT's review of 2010 domestic violence-related homicides in Fairfax County. Highlights of the report include:
- In 2010, domestic violence was the leading cause of homicide in Fairfax County (7 of 16 total homicides, 44%).
- Four (57%) of the domestic violence-related homicides involved a firearm as the fatal agent. Two (29%) of the homicides involved strangulation.
- One murder (14%) involved two children who were present (within the vicinity of the murder) during the homicide. Another murder involved a child who was killed by her father after the father had killed her mother.
- Four of the seven homicides (57%) involved bystanders – people whom either directly heard threats to kill or knew about ongoing violence in the relationship but felt they could not intervene.
Download the DVFRT 2013 Annual Report.
Support the New DV Family Law Partnership
The DV Network, Legal Services of Northern Virginia, the George Mason School of Law Foundation and DVAC are collaborating to develop a family law partner to be located at DVAC. Please click here for more information and to learn how to make a donation to this important effort!
New Fact Sheets Collection from the DV Network
Check out this compilation of informative fact sheets from the DV Network's Coordination Committee. Click here for the pdf file, which can be printed as a booklet or as individual sheets on different topics.
DVPPCC 2013 Annual Report Released
Click here for the Fairfax County DVPPCC 2013 Annual Report.
- The DV Network will next meet on September 16, 2014 from 10-12 in conference room 4/5 of the Fairfax County Government Center.
- The DVPPCC (Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy, and Coordinating Council) will next meet on Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 7:30am to 9:30am at the Massey A Level Conference Room.
- The DV Community 3rd Annual Meeting will be held on Monday, October 6th from 8am to 12pm. More information coming soon!
- October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)! Please send all DVAM events to Sandy Bromley for inclusion on the county’s DVAM calendar. Emails will be coming soon announcing our DV Community Annual Awards and other ways you can help our community raise awareness of domestic violence in Fairfax County.
- Ayuda is hiring a Social Worker and a Social Services Supervisor in their DC office. Visit http://www.ayuda.com/job-opportunities.php for more information.
Trainings and Events
September 3, 10 and 17, 2014: NCJFCJ is hosting three different webinars via their Child Protection and Custody project: Beyond Leaving: Working with all Families Impacted by Domestic Violence; Engaging with Men Who Use Violence; and Developing Practice and Partnerships that Support Safety and Well-being for Adult Victims, Children, and Men Who Use Violence. Visit http://rcdvcpc.org/webinar-registration.php for more information and to register.
September 4, 2014: BWJP is hosting a webinar entitled Changing Police Culture: Moving Beyond Mandatory Arrest to Understanding Domestic Violence from 3-4:30pm. Visit http://conferences.bwjp.org/webconferencedetail.aspx?confid=388 to register.
September 6, 13, and 27, 2014: DV Network’s free Tier One training will be held on 2.5 Saturdays in September. Please register at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Tier1DV and share with your friends, neighbors and allied agency colleagues.
September 10, 2014: The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services is hosting a Promoting Economic Security and Survivor Safety training in Staunton, VA. For more information and to register, visit: http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/trainingevents/victims/promotingsecuritysafety/2014/.
September 11, 2014: The DV Network’s Tier Two training will host Tahirih Justice Center in Forced Marriage: New Findings and Further Techniques for Helping Victims from 9am to 12pm in the Government Center Conference Rooms 2/3.
September 11, October 9, November 13, and December 11, 2014: Emmanuel Lutheran Church (2589 Chain Bridge Road, Vienna, VA 22181) will host 4 sessions (Cultivating Compassion; Is There a Purpose for Suffering?; Healing Power of Forgiveness; and Letting Go: The Illusion of Control) on Thursdays from 9:30am-11am. Pre-register for each session by the Monday prior at firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 281-9671. Fee is $25 per session (cash or checks payable to ELC); part of the fee will support NOVACO/Shelter House.
September 17, 2014: The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health will host Understanding Children’s Responses to DV and other trauma webinar from 3-4:30pm. Visit http://us4.campaign-archive2.com/?u=7d123b3bc6efba6e11d584a32&id=ccb36feb00&e=76cbff9235 to register.
September 17-19, 2014: The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services is hosting a Virginia Domestic Violence Homicide Reduction Conference in Williamsburg, VA. For more information and to register, visit https://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/trainingEvents/victims/dvhReductionConf/2014/index.cfm.
September 23, 2014: The Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (OFWDSVS) will be hosting a reception in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) immediately prior to the Board of Supervisor’s Proclamation of October as DVAM in Fairfax County. The reception will be held in the Government Center’s Conference Center Reception Area, starting at 8:30am, and the Proclamation will be declared at the Board meeting, starting at 9:30am. All are invited!
September 24-December 17, 2014: The next round (12 classes) of the Fathers In Touch group will be held at the James Lee Community Center (2855 Annandale Road, Falls Church, VA 22042) from 6:30pm-9pm. The program is designed to enrich the lives of children by helping fathers become teachers and role models for their children. Registration is required; call Champana Bernard or Calvin Robertson (703-324-3611).
September 27, 2014: Legal Services of Northern Virginia’s 34th Anniversary Gala, held at Westwood Country Club in Vienna from 7pm to 11pm. For more information and sponsorship opportunities, contact Raquel Colon: 703-778-6803 or email@example.com.
September 30, 2014: Leadership and Decision-Making: the Me, the You and the We webinar will be held from 1pm - 3pm. Visit https://ta2ta.org/events/webinars/leadership-and-decision-making.html to register.
October 1, 2014: DV providers from DC, MD, and NoVa are combining efforts in a regional DVAM Metro Action Day. More information coming soon about how you can help.
October 1, 2014: Vienna Presbyterian Church is hosting two workshops: “Spirituality in Sexual Abuse Recovery” (2pm – 5pm) and “Equipping Parents in Abuse Prevention” (7pm – 9pm). Childcare and a $5 dinner are available. Please visit http://www.viennapres.org/?id=2658 for more information and to register.
October 1, 2014: EVAW International is hosting a webinar on the Neurobiology of Sexual Assault from 1 – 2:30pm. Visit http://www.evawintl.org/WebinarDetail.aspx?webinarid=1009 to register.
October 3, 2014: ASHA for Women and SABA DC (South Asian Bar Association) will host a Cultural Competencies Conference on working with people from South Asian cultures from 9am-4pm at the Johns Hopkins University, Rockville, MD campus. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Visit http://ashaforwomen.org/event/cultural-competencies-conference/ for more information and to register.
October 5, 2014: JCADA’s 5k Event will be held at Melvin J. Berman Hebrew Academy (13300 Artic Avenue, Rockville, MD 20853) starting at 8:30am.
October 6, 2014: The Fairfax County DV Community will hold their 3rd Annual Meeting in the Government Center’s Board Auditorium from 8am to 12pm. Lynn Rosenthal, the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, is scheduled to speak. Join us for breakfast in the forum, presentations of annual awards, and lots of fun and networking!
October 7, 2014: LSNV will host the Stop the Violence Introductory Protective Order CLE from 2pm-pm at the Alexandria Courthouse.
October 7, 2014: GMU’s Fear to Freedom event will start at 5:30pm in the Student Union (HUB) Ballroom and the Take Back the Night rally will start at 7:30pm at the clock tower. Visit http://fear2freedom.onmason.com/ for more information.
October 10, 2014: Chipping in to End Domestic Violence charity golf tournament (benefitting Artemis House) will be held at Laurel Hill Golf Club. Visit: http://www.cgglawyers.com/golf-charity for more information and to register.
October 16, 2014: OFWDSVS will host a DV Resource Fair at the Inova Fairfax Hospital Atrium. More information coming soon.
October 18, 2014: The Fairfax County Police Department is hosting its annual K-9 Krawl, a 5K walk to raise awareness on the connection between domestic violence and animal abuse. More information coming soon.
October 20, 2014: LSNV will host the Stop the Violence Advanced Protective Order CLE from 3:30-6:30pm in Courtroom 3K at the Fairfax County Courthouse.
October 22, 2014: OFWDSVS will host a panel discussion entitled “How ADAPT Changed My Life” in the Pennino Building (12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 2203) in Room 200 from 2pm-3:30pm.
October 25, 2014: The Women’s Group of Mt. Vernon will host their 10th Annual Grand Day in celebration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month from 11am -3pm at the Gum Springs Community Center (8100 Fordson Road, Alexandria, VA 22306). Email firstname.lastname@example.org for free registration (lunch and childcare provided).
October 28, 2014: Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) Sexual Assault Services will host Take Back the Night at the Annandale Campus. The Resource Fair starts at 6:30pm and the Rally at 7pm.
October 30, 2014: DVAC’s 3rd Annual Open House will be held from 2-4pm. More information coming soon.
November 4 – 6, 2014: DCJS is hosting a two-and-a-half-day Virginia Advanced Victim Assistance Training Academy in Richmond. Visit http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/victims/VVAA/ for more information and to register.
November 19 – 21, 2014: The Virginia Victim Assistance Network’s 2014 Victims’ Issues Conference will be held at the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. A detailed agenda, hotel information, and registration is available at www.vanetwork.org and http://www.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2139040777.