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Posted on: October 2, 2020

Chesterfield Recognizes October as National Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center

Oct. 2, 2020

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Can you imagine being in quarantine with the person you are most afraid of? October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to bring awareness to this important topic Chesterfield County is highlighting the work of its Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center, which connects victims of domestic violence and their families to resources. 

The county’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center, or DSVRC, works closely with state, county, and community agencies, serving as the hub of the county's coordinated community response to domestic and sexual violence. This includes working directly with the courts, prosecutors, law enforcement and numerous community partners. 

“Talking about domestic violence and highlighting the services the county offers to survivors is important now more than ever as more and more people are staying home and finding themselves in unsafe situations due to COVID-19,” said Lindsay G. Cassada, Domestic and Sexual Violence Resource Center coordinator. “Chesterfield County citizens are fortunate to have access to a government-based resource center like ours and unlike neighboring counties, Chesterfield is the only regional locality to have such a hybrid system-based and community-based resource center, based solely in Chesterfield.”    

Anyone can be a victim of domestic violence, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation or income. The DSVRC provides free and confidential direct services to victims of domestic and sexual violence including, but not limited to:

Additionally, the DSVRC website provides a variety of information about the warning signs of domestic violence, frequently asked questions, how to help a loved one and how to remain safe if in a dangerous relationship or situation. 

For assistance with domestic violence situations, call the DSVRC at 804-706-2701. If you or someone you know is interested in individual counseling or support groups, please call 804-873-7887. 

Every October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is observed around the nation. In 1981, the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence led the charge with a ‘Day of Unity.’ It quickly grew from one day, to a week, and eventually to a full month. In 2018, the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors entered a perpetual resolution, recognizing October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Chesterfield County.

To kick off Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Task Force hosted its 4th annual GO PURPLE! event on Sept. 28. It was broadcast live on Facebook and can be viewed on demand on the county’s Facebook page

Additional events planned throughout the month of October include:

  • Two virtual Lunch and Learn sessions on Oct. 14 and Oct. 21. The first session details the process domestic violence victims encounter from a 911 call, through the court process, to aftercare. The second session highlights resources and services available to survivors within Chesterfield County. Both events will be presented virtually, with details on the Chesterfield Domestic Violence Task Force Facebook page.  
  • Sedona Taphouse Midlothian has selected the Chesterfield Domestic Violence Task Force as its October “Dine Out for Charity” organization, donating $1 from each qualifying purchase every Monday in October. 
  • More information will be provided throughout October on the Chesterfield Domestic Violence Task Force’s Facebook page

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