Domestic Violence

Every month in Fairfax County, domestic violence hotlines receive over 240 calls, victims request 64 family abuse protective orders,
13 families escape to an emergency domestic violence shelter, and almost 160 domestic violence arrests are made.

Additionally, thousands of children are witnessing domestic violence in their homes: Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) served
families with a total of 979 children and over half (51%) of the residents in the 24-hour emergency shelter, Artemis House,
were children (47% of them 12 and under).

                                                                Read the 2014 DVPPCC Annual Report.

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About 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.

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Announcements - Activities & Events

Art Contest: Theme is Stop Teen Dating Violence, Promote Healthy Relationships
Deadline: 5 p.m., Feb. 27

One in three U.S. teens is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional, or verbal abuse from a dating partner. Teens have the biggest influence on a friend's decision to leave an abusive relationship. Teens, speak up!

In recognition of Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month, Fairfax County's Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (OFWDSVS) and Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) invite Fairfax teens (ages 12 to 19) to use their creativity to personally design works of art that promote healthy relationships.

Submissions in various artistic mediums, including painting/drawings, posters, videos (up to two minutes in length), music, etc. are encouraged! Entries should be submitted to your local Fairfax County Community Center or Teen Center (See a list of centers at All entries are due by 5 p.m., Feb. 27. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries during a culminating art exhibit on March 10, from 5 to 7p.m., at the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax. First place will be awarded $100; second place, $75; and, third place, $50.

For more information, call Debra Ranf, OFWDSVS, 703-324-9496, TTY 711 or Jyll Turner, NCS, 703-324-5287, TTY 711.

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News & Reports

Fairfax County Promoted Teen Dating Violence Awareness in February

One in three teens will experience dating violence and two-thirds of them will never report it. Abuse crosses all social, economic and ethnic boundaries, devastating a young person's health and safety. Dating violence hurts victims, families, friends, schools and communities.

It's time to break the cycle.

Throughout February 2015, Fairfax County promoted Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month (#teenDVmonth) events across the county to highlight the need to educate young people about dating violence, teach healthy relationship skills, and prevent the devastating cycle of abuse.

Check out the photo album for pictures from our #Orange4Love Day and Art & Media Contest Reception.

A huge shout-out to the youth and staff at the Gum Springs Computer Clubhouse for their work all month educating their peers on dating violence.

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Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy, and Coordinating Council (DVPPCC)    2014 Annual Report

The Fairfax County Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy, and Coordinating Council (DVPPCC) has released its 2014 Annual Report. The report highlights the significant, coordinated efforts of our council member entities to prevent and respond to domestic violence and stalking over the past year as well as a snapshot of interventions and services provided in Fiscal Year 2014.

Of note, from October 2013 - October 2014, the council's member agencies and partners:

  • Created new and innovative programs, such as the Domestic Violence Supportive Housing program and the Fairfax County Animal Shelter's Pet Haven program, to address the specialized needs of victims of domestic violence and stalking.
  • Fostered collaboration of offender service providers to increase offender accountability as well as opportunities for offenders to eliminate all forms of violent behavior and to break the cycle of violence in the community.
  • Expanded the capacity of domestic violence service providers and law enforcement professionals to respond to domestic violence and stalking, including implementation of lethality assessments tools to better predict and prevent homicides.
  • Educated allied professionals, particularly youth-serving professionals in the schools and juvenile court, on the dynamics of domestic violence and the impact of violence on children.
  • Created the Dunn-Chadwick Fellowship, which funds a domestic violence family law fellow to fill a gap in services by providing free legal services to moderate income victims of domestic violence.

  Download the entire DVPPCC 2014 report here.

  DVPPCC 2013 Annual Report

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

The Fairfax County Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (DVFRT) has released its 2013 Annual Report. The report reveals the findings and recommendations from the DVFRT's review of 2010 domestic violence-related homicides in Fairfax County. Highlights of the report include:

  • In 2010, domestic violence was the leading cause of homicide in Fairfax County (7 of 16 total homicides, 44%).
  • Four (57%) of the domestic violence-related homicides involved a firearm as the fatal agent. Two (29%) of the homicides involved strangulation.
  • One murder (14%) involved two children who were present (within the vicinity of the murder) during the homicide. Another murder involved a child who was killed by her father after the father had killed her mother.
  • Four of the seven homicides (57%) involved bystanders - people whom either directly heard threats to kill or knew about ongoing violence in the relationship but felt they could not intervene.

  DVFRT 2013 Annual Repor

 DVFRT 2012 Annual Repor

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

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

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