Domestic Violence


Domestic violence is typically a pattern of coercive behaviors used by an individual to gain or maintain power and control over another individual in the context of an intimate, dating, or familial relationship.

Forms of domestic violence may be criminal (e.g. physical assault or stalking) or not (e.g. verbal abuse or financial control).

To report a crime, call the Fairfax County Police Department at 703-691-2131 or, for emergencies, please call 911.

If you or someone you know is experiencing any form of domestic violence, and you want to talk about options and resources available, call the 24-hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline at 703-360-7273.

News

Express Yourself - Art Contest

In February 2014, the Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services is sponsoring an Art Contest in honor of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month. Fairfax County teens (ages 12-19) are invited to submit personally created entries of all mediums and visual styles of art. Get more information about the contest.

Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy & Coordinating Council, 2013 Annual Report.

Fairfax County's Domestic Violence Community's 2013 Award Winners Announced.

Fairfax County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (DVFRT) Annual Report

The Fairfax County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (DVFRT) has released its 2012 Annual Report. The report reveals the findings and recommendations from the DVFRT's review of 2009 domestic violence-related homicides in Fairfax County. Highlights of the report include:

  • Over half (57%) of the homicides in the county were domestic violence-related.
  • Stalking behaviors were present prior to 40% of the homicides.
  • Children were involved in 25% of the homicides.
  • Firearms were used in 63% of the homicides and strangulation was the homicide method in 25% of the homicides.

Download the DVFRT 2012 Annual Report.

Donation Drive for Courtroom Attire

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
Or contact: Sandy Bromley

Schedule your drop off now with Erika Yalowitz
Drop off times and location:

Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Historic Courthouse
4000 Chain Bridge Rd.
Suite 2702
Fairfax, VA 22030

Get the Court Attire Program flyer.

 


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