Va. launches online resource for violence professionals

7/3/2013, 1:20 p.m.
The website lists resources by categories.

Virginia has launched an online resource clearinghouse for Virginia professionals working on the front lines of sexual and domestic violence.

The website, Community Solutions to Sexual and Domestic Violence is designed to provide resources that help prosecutors, victim advocates, law enforcement officers, health care professionals, court officials, and others working with sexual and domestic violence. Resources found in the clearinghouse include training materials, evaluation tools, conference announcements, print-ready brochures, model policies, data reports, health care guidelines, lethality assessment tools, military resource handbooks, and many other resources for individual professionals and community task forces working to enhance their community responses.

"Domestic violence is an epidemic that impacts not only our homes, but our communities, our workplaces, and our schools," said Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. "It has far reaching social effects. It's a crime which knows no boundaries. It affects all races, all genders, all ages, and all socio-economic levels. This online resource will prove useful to those working on the front lines helping victims and working to fight domestic violence in Virginia."

"This comprehensive clearinghouse is an invaluable resource as 'one-stop shopping' for professionals working to address sexual and intimate partner violence," noted Kristine Hall, policy director for the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. The alliance has been a leading voice on sexual and domestic violence for more than 30 years.

Several statewide organizations in a collaborative effort, have created and will maintain this clearinghouse, which has been three years in the making. The project partners include the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, the Virginia Department of Health's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the Virginia Poverty Law Center. These partners, otherwise known as the Virginia Partnership for Community Defined Solutions to Violence Against Women, work together to improve community responses to domestic and sexual violence in Virginia.