Domestic Violence Action Center Open House on October 25
Contact for News Media:
Amy Carlini, Communications Director
Department of Family Services
703-324-7758, TTY 711
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 500
Fairfax, Virginia 22035-1102
October 16, 2012
On October 25, the Fairfax County Domestic Violence Action Center is hosting an open house from 2 – 6 p.m. at the Historic Courthouse (4000 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 2702, Fairfax, VA 22030) to celebrate its materialization since the grant was awarded by the Department of Justice to plan, develop and establish a family justice center in October 2010. There will be a brief ceremony beginning at 2:30 p.m.
"Support is so vital when you are trying to make the transition from a victim to a survivor of domestic abuse. Having DVAC in place when I was fighting for my children and myself would have made such a difference," said Christi Adams, a survivor of domestic violence.
From June 2011 to July 2012, DVAC partners provided advocacy services to a total of 279 victims, prosecuted over 1000 cases, and served 33 offenders referred by the court. The majority of DVAC cases (97 percent) involved victims whose offenders were current or former intimates or dating partners.
DVAC is a co-located service center comprised of both Fairfax County agency partners (the Court Services Unit of the Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court, the Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, the Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, and the Victim Services Section of the Fairfax County Police Department) and non-profit organization partners (Legal Services of Northern Virginia, Northern Virginia Family Service, Shelter House, Inc., Tahirih Justice Center, and The Women’s Center).
DVAC provides information and support services for victims of domestic violence and stalking, and their families. The center also advocates for the accountability of violent offenders through specialized prosecution and offender supervision.
October is also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Anyone interested in learning more about issues relating to domestic violence or who is a supporter against violence is welcome to attend the DVAC open house on October 25. To speak with a specialist about options and resources available, call the 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 703-360-7273.
To learn more about the Domestic Violence Action Center, current projects and opportunities to help, please visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/domesticviolence or contact Sandy Bromley, 703-324-9494, TTY 711.