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!
Trainings and Events
Ongoing groups: The Compassion Training for Couples in Conflict (not intended for couples who have already experienced violence) is held on Thursdays from 6:30 – 8:30pm at the Government Center, Suite 339. Please contact Sonia Valenzuela (703-324-9484 or Sonia.Valenzuela@fairfaxcounty.gov) for more information.
August 6-7, 2014: The National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project will host Creative Solutions to Strengthen Advocacy Options and Healing for Immigrant Survivors conference in New Orleans. Visit http://www.niwap.org/conference/new-orleans.php for more information and to register.
August 11, 2014: BWJP is hosting a webinar entitled Best Practices and Help-seeking Obstacles – Law Enforcement and Advocacy webinar from 2-3:30pm. Visit http://conferences.bwjp.org/webconferencedetail.aspx?confid=384 to register.
August 12-14, 2014: BWJP is hosting a conference entitled Strategies for System and Program Accountability with Domestic Violence Offenders in San Diego, CA. For details and registration, visit: http://conferences.bwjp.org/conferencedetail.aspx?confid=78.
August 14, 2014: The Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services is holding a training on Strengthening Military-Civilian Community Partnerships to Respond to Sexual Assault in Norfolk, VA. For details and registration, visit: http://www.dcjs.virginia.gov/trainingevents/victims/militaryCivilianSexualAssaultPartnerships/2014/.
August 28, 2014: BWJP is hosting a webinar on Military Personnel and Veterans and Intimate Partner Violence Offender Intervention from 4 – 6pm. Visit http://conferences.bwjp.org/webconferencedetail.aspx?confid=387 to register.
August 28-29, 2014: The 6th Annual Historic Triangle Conference on Crimes Against Women is being held in historic Williamsburg, VA. The conference includes a range of workshops and speakers that represent best practices in the field, along with new and exciting approaches to prevention of violent crimes, as well as serving victims and society in general. For more information and to register, visit http://www.cpe.vt.edu/ccaw/registration.html.
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 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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 18, 2014: Save the Date for the Fairfax County Police Department’s K-9 Krawl, a 5K walk to raise awareness on the connection between domestic violence and animal abuse. More information coming soon.
October 25, 2014: The Women’s Group of Mt. Vernon will host their Grand Day in celebration of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. More information will be coming soon.
November 19 – 21, 2014: The Virginia Victim Assistance Network’s 2014 Victims’ Issues Conference at the Sheraton Virginia Beach Oceanfront. A detailed agenda, hotel information and registration will be posted soon at www.vanetwork.org.