Fairfax County Committed to Assisting Victims of Domestic Violence
Fairfax County Office of Public
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 551
Fairfax, VA 22035-0065
703-324-3187, TTY 703-324-2935, FAX 703-324-2010
May 19, 2005
Fairfax County Committed to
Assisting Victims of Domestic Violence
Prevention of domestic violence and intervention strategies are a priority for Fairfax County and several initiatives are underway to achieve this vision. The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors recently gave its approval to the Fairfax County Victim Assistance Network of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board to apply for a $70,982 grant from the Virginia Domestic Violence Victim Fund to fight domestic violence. If awarded, these funds will be used to provide counseling to Spanish-speaking individuals, groups, and families involved in domestic violence.
In response to disturbing statistics on domestic violence, the Board of Supervisors established the Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy and Coordinating Council in 2004 to coordinate the development and implementation of county interdepartmental plans, strategies, policies, and communication related to domestic violence issues.
Last year, the county’s police department launched a pilot project at five district stations dedicated to domestic violence investigation of incidents that occur within the districts. These specialized investigators concentrate on building criminal cases while members of the department’s Victim Services Section provide direct services to the victims and survivors.
The Domestic Violence Handbook, written by the nonprofit Network Against Family Abuse, is available on the county’s Web site, in multiple languages, for all victims and survivors of domestic violence. The handbook provides comprehensive information on county- and community-run programs for those coping with domestic violence.
Fairfax County government also provides several hotlines, including the Victim Assistance Network for domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to help residents in a crisis situation find services or receive essential information.
For more information on domestic violence, contact the Domestic Violence
Coordinator at 703-324-7472, TTY 703-324-5628 or the Fairfax-Falls Church
Community Services Board at 703-324-7000, TTY 703-802-3015.