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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month but a crisis happens in most cases every other minute.  What is domestic violence? A pattern of abusive behaviors used by one individual over the other to have power and control over them.  These behaviors leave the victim afraid and fearing for their life.  This power and control by the abuser happens in intimate and family relationships.

The YWCA of Richmond, VA

Since 1887 — that’s how long the YWCA of Richmond has been helping women and children in our community. We are a safe haven for those escaping from violence and provide a head start for children’s education. We recognize the profound impact of women in our community with our annual Outstanding Women Awards. Plus, we do it all with a mission of caring for those most in need and providing equal opportunities for women, children and families of all ages, races, and income levels.

  • Every 9 seconds in the United States a woman is assaulted or beaten
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women—more than car accidents, muggings, and rapes combined
  • Everyday in the US, more than three women are murdered by their husbands or boyfriends
  • Domestic violence is one of the most chronically under-reported crimes
  • Only approximately 1/4 of all physical assaults, 1/5 of all rapes, and 1/2 of all stalking incidents perpetuated against females by intimate partners are reported to the police.
  • Victims of intimate partner violence lose nearly 8 million days of paid work per year in the U.S. alone—the equivalent of 32,000 full-time jobs
  • Nearly 1 in 5 teenage girls who have been in a relationship said a boyfriend threatened violence or self-harm if presented with a breakup
  • Studies suggest that up to 10 million children witness some form of domestic violence annually.

* Statistics indicate prevalence surrounding violence toward women, however both women and men are impacted by violence (and served by YWCA Richmond’s programs).

What services does the YWCA provide to domestic violence victims? How do I recognize domestic violence? What should I do during an attack? What is a safety plan? Get your questions answered on domestic violence and support here

If you are in crisis call the Greater Richmond Regional Hotline at 804-612-6126