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Domestic Violence Action Center

On Oct. 17, 2016, community-based victim advocacy services expanded to the South County Human Services Building, 8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 507, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (appointments preferred). Call 703-246-4573; TTY 711 for more information or to schedule an appointment.


  • Historic Courthouse, 4000 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 2702, Fairfax, VA 22030 (The Historic Courthouse is Building # 2 on this map: Enter on the side facing West Street.)

Services are provided to victims of domestic violence or stalking and their families who reside in Fairfax County or were assaulted and/or stalked in the county. Referrals for offender services are also available through the intake telephone number only (no offender walk-ins).

Community victim advocates, system-based advocates, and other service providers offer a safe environment where victims can feel comfortable exploring their options and accessing the services and resources they may need. All services are free and, when possible, confidential. Some of the services DVAC can provide to victims are:

  • Crisis intervention, emotional support, and options counseling
  • Education about the criminal and civil justice systems (including civil protective orders)
  • Victim advocacy, including safety planning, court accompaniment, Criminal Injuries Compensation, assistance with emergency shelter, and other referrals to off-site county and community-based resources
  • Children & Youth Services
  • Court Attire Program - a wide selection of clothing for court hearings and job interviews.

DVAC also provides the following services to offenders (off-site only) through a protective order compliance officer:

  • Probation counseling regarding compliance with conditions of civil protective orders
  • Referrals to Batterer Intervention Programs or related treatment, family, or social service resources

The Fairfax County Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) is a comprehensive, co-located service center, staffed by county agency and community non-profit partners (see list on right), created to provide culturally responsive information and support services for victims of domestic violence and stalking, and their families, as well as to promote the accountability of offenders of these crimes through specialized prosecution and offender supervision.

DVAC is collecting new or gently used courtroom attire (e.g. women’s and men’s suits or dress pants and tops) to provide for victims of domestic violence in preparation of their court appearances.

For more information call DVAC at: 703-246-4573

Drop off times and location:

4000 Chain Bridge Rd.

DVAC is made up the following county & community-based partner agencies:

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For information weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., call 703-FAIRFAX (703-324-7329). For recorded information 24 hours a day, call 703-324-INFO (703-324-4636).

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Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Video - Make The Call to Stop Domestic Violence: 703-360-7273

Help for you, your family, your neighbors, your community.

The Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services offers compassionate and comprehensive state-accredited programs for women, men, teens and children who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking. (For a copy of the OFWDSVS FY2015 Annual Report, please call 703-324-5730.)

On Oct. 17, 2016, Community-Based Victim Advocacy Services, a service of Fairfax County's Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC), expanded to provide services in the South County Human Services Building, 8350 Richmond Highway, Suite 507, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (appointments preferred). Call 703-246-4573; TTY 711 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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  • Counseling services (individual and group) for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
  • Telephone hotline / helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide information and support.
  • Shelter and support services for individuals and families leaving violent situations.
  • Intervention services for abusers, including those referred by the courts for physical, emotional or verbal abuse and those who voluntarily seek services.
  • Community education about healthy relationships, effective communication skills, and how to recognize abusive behaviors.
    • Request a workshop or training on domestic violence.
    • Request a workshop or training on sexual violence.
  • Support Groups for Women, Men and Children
    • Women's Sexual Assault Survivors Group
    • Men's Support Group for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
    • Women's Domestic Abuse Survivor Group. This support group is for adult women who are currently experiencing or have previously experienced domestic abuse.
  • Respect UR D8: Recognize and learn more about teen dating violence and abuse through classes at select high schools.
  • Supports the Fairfax County Commission for Women and works to promote the full equality of women and girls in Fairfax County.

24 hour hotline/ helpline 703-360-7273; TTY 711

Counseling services offered in Reston, Chantilly, Fairfax, Falls Church, Springfield and Alexandria.

To make an appointment or join a group, call 703-324-5730; TTY 711

ADAPT groups offered in Reston, Chantilly, Fairfax, and Alexandria. 703-968-4052; TTY 711

Artemis House – A Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence 24-Hour 703-435-4940; TTY 711

We envision a day when all forms of interpersonal violence and oppression are not tolerated and when individuals and families, no matter their situation, have access to and are welcomed into a wide variety of services that allows them to rebuild their lives on their own terms.

OFWDSVS advances our mission of preventing and ending domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking by fostering a community based on equality and mutual respect through prevention and intervention, community engagement and awareness, policy and advocacy.

Accreditations

The Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services offers compassionate and comprehensive state-accredited programs for women, men, teens and children who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking. The goal of OFWDSVS is to promote safety, responsibility, awareness and equality.

Our office is fully accredited in the state of Virginia by the following boards:


  • Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, 2013 - 2015:

“The Action Alliance coordinates a peer review accreditation process of sexual and domestic violence agency standards of service. The accreditation process and criteria exist to ensure that people experiencing sexual or domestic violence anywhere in the Commonwealth will have access to similar quality of response based in a shared philosophy of valuing individual and community empowerment and promoting the dignity and respect of all persons.”

“The Virginia Standards for Batterer Intervention Programs are the result of a collaborative effort between the Coalition for the Treatment of Abusive Behaviors (C-TAB) and Virginians Against Domestic Violence (VADV). Together, these two groups built upon the work of the Virginia Commission on Family Violence Prevention to develop standards for effective batterer intervention services in order to ensure that the goals of victim safety, offender accountability, and community collaboration are the focus of these services.”

What is domestic or family violence?

In domestic or family violence, one person attempts to control or hurt another through actions or threats that can include physical, sexual, verbal, or psychological abuse. People of all ages, income levels, faiths, sexual orientation, gender, and education levels can experience domestic or family violence.

Sexual violence is a general term used to explain any act of a sexual nature where a person is forced, threatened, or intimidated into engaging in the activity without her or his permission. Some examples of this are rape, forced sodomy, sexual harassment, and indecent exposure.

This office can provide services to help those individuals and families who are affected by domestic or sexual violence.

These programs are open to any resident of Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. Service providers are sensitive to the issues of age, gender, race, disability, religious or ethnic background, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.


  • 24-hour hotline providing emergency information and assistance, counseling, referrals to other services.
  • Telephonic interpreters available for hotline calls in any language.
  • Group counseling for survivors and families.
  • Support groups for men who experienced sexual abuse during childhood.
  • Professional individual counseling.
  • Community education and prevention services.
  • Support services focusing on legal and economic issues.

Artemis House offers a safe, confidential location and supportive counseling to individuals and their children who are fleeing family violence situations.

Free services for shelter residents include:


  • Professional counseling services.
  • Children’s programs.
  • Advocacy and linkages to resources for legal help, employment, housing, medical, child care and other needs.
  • Court accompaniment for residents.
  • Private accommodations for each family.
  • Community education.
  • Emergency transportation.
  • Safe and supportive atmosphere.

ADAPT offers domestic abuse intervention to men and women who have been physically, verbally or emotionally abusive; serves both court-referred and voluntary participants.


  • A compassionate approach to family abuse prevention.
  • Individual screening and evaluation.
  • Intervention groups to learn safe ways of regulating hurt feelings.
  • Referrals and linkages to other service providers.

There is a charge for intake and group sessions.

Fairfax County Police Department

MagistratesIssue emergency protective orders

Services for people with mental illness or substance use disorders

Entry & Entry & Referral: 703-383-8500; TTY 711

Child Protective Services: 703-324-7400; TTY 703-222-9452

Adult Protective Services: 703-324-7450; TTY 703-449-1186

Information and referral to human services resources in the community.

How You Can Help

Did you know that every day in Fairfax County we respond to two people who are at high risk for homicide or serious physical injury at the hands of the person they love?

To help prevent those homicides from happening, OFWDSVS has partnered with the Fairfax County Police Department and local nonprofit organizations to implement the evidence-based Lethality Assessment Program (LAP). When patrol officers respond to the scene of a domestic violence crime, they screen for certain risk factors. When those factors are present, the officer immediately calls OFWDSVS’ 24-Hour LAP Line to connect the victim of the crime with an advocate. Victims are then educated on their options, including strategies for keeping themselves safer. The LAP has been proven to help jurisdictions better predict and, ultimately, prevent serious injury and homicide from happening.

We need your help to give victims more safety options!

$75 buys a home security system for a high-risk victim. Other victims may need help with transportation or getting their locks changed. Every amount helps. Please donate today by sending a check to:

12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 339

Volunteer with Our Program:

We encourage community participation in our programs and welcome volunteers to work in a variety of jobs. Some examples include staffing our 24-hour hotline, facilitating support and psychoeducational groups, providing accompaniment for victims at the hospital or in court, assisting in prevention and educational outreach, providing administrative support, and many others. All volunteers must pass a background check. We will provide all the training you need to safely and competently perform any of these jobs. We would love to welcome you as we all work together to create a safer community. If you would like more information, email Debra Ranf or call 703-324-9496. Learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services.

Related Links

Go to Standard County Website

For information weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., call 703-FAIRFAX (703-324-7329). For recorded information 24 hours a day, call 703-324-INFO (703-324-4636).

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