The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Data Collection System is a project to enhance and improve the collection of statewide data from all victims who use the services of local domestic violence programs and sexual assault centers. This project began in April of 1996 through the support of the Violence Against Women Act (V-STOP) funds.

"I was close to ending my own life. I felt safe here."

A survivor of domestic and sexual violence wrote these words on a survey completed for the community domestic/sexual violence program where services were received. This survey is a part of the data collected by VAdata, the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Data Collection system.

Survivors of violence and advocates in Virginia's more than 50 sexual and domestic violence agencies (SDVAs) have been providing data to this system for more than 10 years. In 2014, SDVAs responded to 71,091 hotline calls. They provided face-to-face counseling and advocacy services to 20,096 victims of domestic violence, including 3,996 children and 7,227 victims of sexual violence, including 1,822 children.

The demand for sexual and domestic violence services has risen over the last five years. Since 2010, the hotline has seen a 23% increase in the number of calls related to sexual violence and a 6.5% increase in the number of calls related to domestic violence.

In 2014, Domestic Violence Service Agencies provided emergency shelter to 5,958 people. On any given night in Virginia, there were 556 women, children, and men staying in a domestic violence emergency shelter.