County Provides Assistance for Victims of Sexual Violence
March 27, 2009
On April 4, volunteers from Fairfax County’s Victim Assistance Network (VAN) and other county organizations will hand out information at Metro stations and post information on community bulletin boards to let county residents know about the services VAN offers to victims of sexual violence. The Victim Assistance Network is part of the county’s Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services.
Other upcoming activities include a training by the Department of Family Services Domestic Violence Unit on March 30 for those who work with trauma victims, and a lunchtime training on April 8 by VAN staff to teach county employees ways to help prevent sexual violence in the community.
On Monday, March 30, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors is expected to issue a proclamation declaring the month of April as Sexual Assault Awareness month.
For 30 years, VAN has provided services to people who have experienced sexual and domestic violence, including 24-hour telephone counseling from trained staff and volunteers and short-term counseling from experienced trauma counselors at six sites in Fairfax County. VAN also offers support groups for survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, including children who have experienced domestic violence in their families.
VAN staff and volunteers also serve as advocates for sexual assault victims as they move through the medical and legal systems. VAN staff and volunteers are available to meet victims at the hospital following an assault and offer support and advocacy to aid in their recovery.
More information about VAN services is available at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ofw
To call the 24-hour VAN hotline, dial 703-360-7273, TTY 711.
Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For more information, or to request this information in an alternate format, contact Belinda Buescher at 703-324-7758, TTY 711, or by e-mail: Belinda.Buescher@fairfaxcounty.gov