Family violence takes place behind closed doors and is most often only made visible through a traumatic report of an incident or a court case in the news.
Concrete data about the extent of family violence tends to be scattered across state agencies, divided by the age of the victim, and separated by the nature of the crime.
The Violence at Home: The FACT Report is a repository for data on family violence across Virginia.
First developed in 2010, the report is a compilation of family violence indicators across the lifespan, including data on children, families and older adults.
Drawing from data collected over almost a decade, the report’s findings are based on 21 social indicators and broken down by eight regions. Studies conducted by both George Mason University (pdf) and Virginia Commonwealth University (pdf) provided the groundwork for this report.
The FACT Report can be used to educate others on the extent and scope of family violence, draw attention and resources to local and state needs, and help focus efforts where they are needed most. Other uses might included:
The FACT Report relies on consistent, accurate and accessible data. The criteria for choosing the social indicators in the report include the following:
Over 160 indicators were originally generated through extensive research by scholars at George Mason University and Virginia Commonwealth University. FACT selected the indicators reflected in the report after statewide outreach and discussions with stakeholders. In addition, FACT spearheaded an Editorial and Planning Committee that meets annually to provide input to each year’s report.
To view the 2011 FACT Report indicators, click here.
The indicator data from the FACT Report comes from seven state agencies and two federal agencies. In addition, FACT uses data from the US Census and the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for population numbers. Sources include: