According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “in America, one women is fatally shot by a spouse, ex-spouse, or dating partner every 14 hours”.
The National Network to End Domestic Violence defines domestic violence as “a pattern of coercive, controlling behavior that can include physical abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, sexual abuse or financial abuse”.
If you believe you or a loved one is experiencing domestic violence, read below to learn about many victim supports and resources in our area.
City & County Domestic Violence Resources
Alexandria City https://www.alexandriava.gov/DomesticViolence Arlington County https://health.arlingtonva.us/behavioral-healthcare-archived/domestic-violence/ Fairfax County http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/domesticviolence/dvac/ Falls Church City http://www.fallschurchva.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1365 Loudoun County https://www.loudoun.gov/index.aspx?nid=256 Prince William County http://www.pwcgov.org/government/courts/cjs/pages/links-to-domestic-violence-resources.aspx
Shelters Serving Domestic Violence Victims
A Way Forward – Fairfax County http://www.awayforward.org/ ACTS – Prince William, Manassas City, & Manassas Park https://www.actspwc.org/get-help/domestic-violence Bethany House – DMV http://www.bhnv.org/ Doorways for Women & Children – Arlington https://www.doorwaysva.org/get-help/domestic-violence-resources/ Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter – Loudoun http://www.lcsj.org/ Shelter House – Fairfax County http://www.shelterhouse.org/programs/
Other Nonprofit Assistance
Northern Virginia Family Services – NV Physical & Mental Health Services http://www.nvfs.org/assistance/domestic-violence/
The Women’s Center – Fairfax County & DC Counseling, Advocacy, & Support Group http://thewomenscenter.org/counseling/domestic-violence-sexual-assault-services/
National Domestic Violence Hotline http://www.thehotline.org/ If you would like to participate in the fight to end domestic violence, learn what you can do here to volunteer, advocate, donate, and more http://nnedv.org/getinvolved.html