Fundraiser to Benefit Two Local Charities Helping Domestic Violence Survivors

Oct. 16, 2013

In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Braddock District Supervisor John C. Cook will host a fundraiser for two local charities assisting domestic violence survivors: Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and Shelter House. The event will be held Thursday, Oct. 17, 6-9 p.m. at Kilroy's, 5250 Port Royal Road, Springfield.  Kilroy's will donate 10 percent of its proceeds to the charities and other donated items will be raffled. 

Fairfax CASA helps children navigate the confusing aftermath of domestic violence when the juvenile court steps in to provide protection due to abuse or neglect.  During this time, many things can change for a child such as their home, school and/or guardians, having one dedicated advocate to fight for his or her rights and help with the transitions can make a huge difference when it's most important.  Fairfax CASA finds and trains ordinary citizens to be the voice in court for these children at such an uncertain time.

Shelter House's domestic violence shelter, Artemis House, is the county's only emergency shelter for families and individuals fleeing domestic/sexual violence and human trafficking.  The emergency shelter provides crisis intervention and temporary housing in an undisclosed "safe-house." Safety planning, immediate basic needs assistance, and comprehensive service planning is available to prepare for a transition to more permanent and stable housing.  Artemis House provides intensive case management services, individual and group counseling, employment assistance and children's programs.

Individuals may RSVP to Cook's office by phone at 703-425-9300, email or online.

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