Resources Library: Justice System & Legal Options

Understanding PERK Exams and Your Options After a Sexual Assault

Added Wednesday, September 27, 2023 by Action Alliance

This brochure provides information and guidance for obtaining, understanding, and tracking a PERK (Physical Evidence Recovery Kit) Exam in the state of Virginia. Included in this resource are sections on receiving support and information, what a PERK exam is and how it is performed, PERK exams and reporting to law enforcement, victims’ rights and options, and more.

Understanding Protective Orders in Virginia: What you need to know

Added Monday, October 23, 2023 by Action Alliance

This video, “Understanding Protective Orders in Virginia: What you need to know” is a useful resource for anyone with a family abuse protective order in Virginia. This video aims to make information about protective orders more accessible to both petitioners (individuals seeking to be protected) and respondents (individuals who the protective order is filed against). It explains definitions, conditions, and Virginia law related to protective orders in plain language and is available in English (with or without captions) Spanish.

NOTE: This video was created in July 2020 and state and federal law may have changed. The video was created as a project of the Pulaski Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Domestic Violence Docket with funded in part by a V-STOP award #15-M4161VA14 and #20-Q4161 VA-19 awarded to the Office of the Executive Secretary of the Supreme Court of Virginia from funds authorized by the federal Violence Against Women Act awarded to Virginia by the U.S. Department of Justice. Opinions or points of view expressed do not necessarily represent those of DCJS, OES, or the U.S. Dept. of Justice.

Click here to view the video in ENGLISH.

Click here to view the video in ENGLISH with captions.

Haga clic aquí para ver el video en español.

Violence At Home—The FACT Report 2013

Added Wednesday, February 26, 2014 by Action Alliance

The FACT Report presents three types of indicators to communicate factors relevant to family violence in Virginia:

  •     community context in which family violence develops;
  •     scope of family violence experienced by individuals; and
  •     capacity of the community to respond to family violence.