Get Informed 2017-08-18T09:43:32+00:00

Domestic violence crosses ethnic, racial, age, nationality, sexual orientation, religious and socioeconomic lines. Homelessness affects many individuals and families right here in our community.

It is a national issue—the most recent statistics according to the Department of Justice and the American Psychological Association indicate that:

  • The average age of person in shelter is 11.
  • The fastest growing homeless population is families.
  • By the most conservative estimate, each year one million women suffer nonfatal violence by an intimate partner.
  • By other estimates, four million American women experience a serious assault by an intimate partner during an average 12-month period.
  • Nearly one in three adult women experience at least one physical or sexual assault at some point during their lives.
  • Thirty-seven percent of women who experienced domestic violence reported that the abuse had an impact on their work in the form of lateness, missed work, keeping a job, or career promotions.

Here are the facts

  • 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men have been the victim of severe physical violence by an intimate partner
  • 41% of homicides in Virginia are related to intimate partner violence
  • 75% of abused women attempt suicide
  • Every 30 seconds someone is the victim of human trafficking in the U.S.
  • Last year the trafficking industry generated $32 billion…More than Nike, Google and Starbucks combined
  • Slavery was abolished 150 years ago, yet there are more people in slavery today than any other time in our history
  • Every 98 seconds someone in the US is sexually assaulted
  • 1 in 6 American women has been the victim of rape or attempted rape in her lifetime
  • 64% of trans people will experience sexual assault in their lifetimes
  • Domestic violence is the leading cause of homelessness among women 90% of homeless women are victims of severe physical violence of sexual abuse
  • Boys witnessing domestic violence are 3x more likely to be abusers
  • 50% of girls will be adult victims of domestic violence
  • 6 times more likely to commit suicide
  • 24 times more likely to be sexually assaulted
  • 60 times more likely to be involved in delinquent behavior

Education & Outreach

Samaritan House is committed to preventing violence by breaking the cycle in youth and children through promotion of healthy relationships. Our Prevention Specialist provides programming, through the DO YOU curriculum, to Elementary, Middle, and High Schools.
This campaign addresses youth violence in a variety of forms, whether dating and sexual violence, sexual harassment, or bullying; by confronting the root causes and enhancing protective factors. The goal is to build resiliency in our youth by promoting positive development and healthy relationships. The curriculum for this program uses primary prevention principles through creative expression to create a strategy to stop violence before it starts. Each of the ten sessions uses experiential activities to build resilience in youth by helping teens build compassion, learn to model fairness and equality, and to feel valued by one’s community to name a few.
In addition to the DO YOU curriculum we offer 90 minute presentation on Healthy Relationships. They include interactive activities and group work to bring awareness to dating violence. This includes warning signs and ways to get help. Also distribute resources for help if they are in an abusive relationship or know someone that is.
Additional Prevention Tools:

How can we work together to prevent violence and homelessness in our community?

Just ask us. We offer a range of free trainings, presentations, activities, and workshops that help build awareness of domestic violence issues, healthy relationships, and intervention strategies. We believe that prevention of domestic violence begins with awareness of healthy and unhealthy relationship patterns. If you are interested in raising awareness of the issues, please contact us for a presentation, and help start a discussion. (Presentation lengths and activities vary according to the needs of participants and can be customized to fit your group.)

For more information contact Katherine Ashford.

Available Presentation Topics:

Dynamics of Domestic Violence—Recognition, Prevention & Intervention
Dynamics of Domestic Violence quickly builds from basic understanding to advanced analysis of domestic violence. By clarifying the myths, stereotypes, and beliefs particular to our society, we can decrease victim blaming and collusion with perpetrators.

Teen Dating Violence / Healthy Relationships
According to a 2008 national survey by Liz Claiborne Inc., one in three teenagers experience abuse in dating relationships. Teen Dating Violence helps teens recognize their rights and responsibilities in relationships and determine how to handle the often difficult emotional situations that arise when their rights are violated.

Samaritan House Services and Volunteer Opportunities
This presentation is an introduction to Samaritan House for anyone interested in learning more about the basics of the program and how to join the fight to end domestic violence and homelessness.

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