New Support Group for Children Exposed to Domestic Violence


Contact for News Media:
Amy Carlini, Communications Director
Department of Family Services
703-324-7758, TTY 703-222-9452
amy.carlini@fairfaxcounty.gov

January 11, 2012

News Highlights

  • Seven Corners area, Wednesdays, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
  • This new support group for children runs at the same time as the support group for women.
  • To sign up for either group, please contact: Heather McMillen, 703-704-6729,TTY 703-324-5706; or Salima Jiwa, 703-324-2395.

Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 15, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Seven Corners area, the Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (OFWDSVS) will offer an eight-week support group for elementary-school-aged children who have been exposed to domestic violence. This children’s group will utilize art, play and other therapeutic techniques to teach children about safe and healthy relationships, how to deal with their negative emotions and how to problem solve effectively without using violence.

The children’s group will meet at the same time and place as the women’s domestic violence group, which is continuously open for enrollment.

To sign up for either group, please contact: Heather McMillen, 703-704-6729, TTY 703-324-5706, or Salima Jiwa, 703-324-2395.

Both groups are free and confidential. Fliers are posted online:

OFWDSVS also offers other groups on a continuous or occasional basis, sometimes in Spanish, including:

For more information about any of these groups or about individual counseling for survivors, please call: 703-324-5730 (office), TTY 703-324-5706, or 703-360-7273 (24-hour Hotline). For information about how to reach these locations using public transportation, visit www.fairfaxconnector.com 703-339-7200; TTY 703-339-1608 or www.wmata.com 202-637-7000; TTY 202-638-3780.

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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. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7758; TTY 703-222-9452.


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