Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation took place Tuesday, April 5 at the Government Center Boardroom. Fairfax County Board of Supervisors declared April 2016 as Sexual Assault Awareness Month during their board meeting. Kathleen Kelmelis, a long-time advocate for issues involving sexual violence, accepted the proclamation. A reception was held in the Conference Center Reception Area. This year’s theme is “Prevention is Possible.” Sexual violence is widespread, but together we can take action to promote safety, respect and equality to stop sexual assault before it happens. For more information, call 703-324-5730.
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Proclamation 2016
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors
"Prevention is Possible" Community Fair took place Saturday, April 16 between 10 a.m. - noon at the Gum Springs Community Center. Fairfax County’s Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services hosted a community fair as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities. This family-friendly event was free and open to the public, and had games and activities for children and youth.There was food, face painting, games, prizes, music and giveaways. Information on county resources was available and attendees learned about ways to build safe, healthy relationships and communities. For more information, call 703-324-8000, TTY 711.
Stop the Silence: Walk to End Sexual Violence took place Wednesday, April 20 at 11:30 a.m. at the Government Center Forum. Fairfax County’s Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services hosted its second annual walk as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month activities. Participants walked in honor of one of the 397 victims who reported a sexual assault in Fairfax County in CY 2015. A resource fair was held in the North Atrium of the Government Center, which had information on programs and services offered in the county and surrounding jurisdictions. Giveaways were provided courtesy of Sereda Y. Fowlkes, Allstate Insurance Company. Also, people were invited to Teal Out! The color teal symbolizes trustworthiness, reliability and commitment to ending sexual violence. Teal was worn to help raise awareness and to show support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Fairfax County show us your photos! Email or text 571-215-2429 your photos and look online to see if your photo is posted #tealoutfairfax. For more information, call 703-324-5730, TTY 703-324-5706.
Fairfax County 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline 703-360-7273
Help for you, your family, your neighbors, your community.
The Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services offers compassionate and comprehensive state-accredited programs for women, men, teens and children who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking.
OFWDSVS FY2015 Annual Report
For a copy, please call 703-324-5730.
Our services include:
- Counseling services (individual and group) for survivors of domestic and sexual violence.
- Telephone hotline / helpline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide information and support.
- Shelter and support services for individuals and families leaving violent situations.
- Intervention services for abusers, including those referred by the courts for physical, emotional or verbal abuse and those who voluntarily seek services.
- Community education about healthy relationships, effective communication skills, and how to recognize abusive behaviors.
Support Groups for
Women, Men and Children
- Women's Sexual Assault Survivors Group
- Men's Support Group for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
- Women's Domestic Abuse Survivor Group. This support group is for adult women who are currently experiencing or have previously experienced domestic abuse.
- Respect UR D8: Recognize and learn more about teen dating violence and abuse through classes at select high schools.
- Supports the Fairfax County Commission for Women and works to promote the full equality of women and girls in Fairfax County.
Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Pkwy
Fairfax, VA 22035
703-324-5730; TTY 703-324-5706
24 hour hotline/ helpline
Counseling services for
victims of domestic and/or sexual violence
To make an appointment or join a group, call 703-324-5730
Counseling services offered in Reston, Chantilly, Fairfax, Falls Church, Springfield, and Alexandria.
Anger & Domestic Abuse Prevention
and Treatment (ADAPT)
ADAPT groups offered in Reston, Chantilly, Fairfax, and Alexandria.
Artemis House – A
Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence
Everyone has a right to live free of violence.
We envision a day when all forms of interpersonal violence and oppression are not tolerated and when individuals and families, no matter their situation, have access to and are welcomed into a wide variety of services that allows them to rebuild their lives on their own terms.
OFWDSVS advances our mission of preventing and ending domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking by fostering a community based on equality and mutual respect through prevention and intervention, community engagement and awareness, policy and advocacy.
We strive to open doors in order to build relationships and engage the community in providing the highest quality of care and promoting social change.
We commit to providing empathetic, client-driven, and trauma-informed services for our community.
We support our clients and members of our community as they take difficult and courageous steps towards autonomy, accountability, and responsibility.
We promote human equality and use resources in ways that serve the public equitably; we respectfully challenge biases, attitudes, and behaviors that contribute to inequality.
We foster an environment that embraces creativity and calculated risk-taking to advance our mission.
We advocate for safety as a basic human right which underscores each and every interaction with clients and the community; assuring confidential, accessible, and affordable services to all.
The Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services offers compassionate and comprehensive state-accredited programs for women, men, teens and children who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking. The goal of OFWDSVS is to promote safety, responsibility, awareness and equality.
Our office is fully accredited in the state of Virginia by the following boards:
Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, 2013 -
“The Action Alliance coordinates a peer review accreditation process of sexual and domestic violence agency standards of service. The accreditation process and criteria exist to ensure that people experiencing sexual or domestic violence anywhere in the Commonwealth will have access to similar quality of response based in a shared philosophy of valuing individual and community empowerment and promoting the dignity and respect of all persons.”
-VSDV Action Alliance
Virginia Batterer Intervention Program Certification Board,
July 2014 - June 2015:
“The Virginia Standards for Batterer Intervention Programs are the result of a collaborative effort between the Coalition for the Treatment of Abusive Behaviors (C-TAB) and Virginians Against Domestic Violence (VADV). Together, these two groups built upon the work of the Virginia Commission on Family Violence Prevention to develop standards for effective batterer intervention services in order to ensure that the goals of victim safety, offender accountability, and community collaboration are the focus of these services.”
What is domestic or family violence?
In domestic or family violence, one person attempts to control or hurt another through actions or threats that can include physical, sexual, verbal, or psychological abuse. People of all ages, income levels, faiths, sexual orientation, gender, and education levels can experience domestic or family violence.
What is sexual violence?
Sexual violence is a general term used to explain any act of a sexual nature where a person is forced, threatened, or intimidated into engaging in the activity without her or his permission. Some examples of this are rape, forced sodomy, sexual harassment, and indecent exposure.
This office can provide services to help those individuals and families who are affected by domestic or sexual violence.
These programs are open to any resident of Fairfax County and the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church. Service providers are sensitive to the issues of age, gender, race, disability, religious or ethnic background, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.
Free services include:
- 24-hour hotline providing emergency information and assistance, counseling, referrals to other services.
- Telephonic interpreters available for hotline calls in any language.
- Group counseling for survivors and families.
- Support groups for men who experienced sexual abuse during childhood.
- Professional individual counseling.
- Community education and prevention services.
- Support services focusing on legal and economic issues.
Artemis House offers a safe, confidential location and supportive counseling to individuals and their children who are fleeing family violence situations.
Free services for shelter residents include:
- Professional counseling services.
- Children’s programs.
- Advocacy and linkages to resources for legal help, employment, housing, medical, child care and other needs.
- Court accompaniment for residents.
- Private accommodations for each family.
- Community education.
- Emergency transportation.
- Safe and supportive atmosphere.
ADAPT offers domestic abuse intervention to men and women who have been physically, verbally or emotionally abusive; serves both court-referred and voluntary participants.
- A compassionate approach to family abuse prevention.
- Individual screening and evaluation.
- Intervention groups to learn safe ways of regulating hurt feelings.
- Referrals and linkages to other service providers.
There is a charge for intake and group sessions.
Fairfax County Police Department
Magistrates – Issue emergency protective orders
Services for people with mental illness or substance use disorders
Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY 711
Entry & Entry & Referral: 703-383-8500; TTY 711
Child Protective Services: 703-324-7400; TTY 703-222-9452
Adult Protective Services: 703-324-7450; TTY 703-449-1186
Coordinated Services Planning
Did you know that every day in Fairfax County we respond to two people who are at high risk for homicide or serious physical injury at the hands of the person they love?
To help prevent those homicides from happening, OFWDSVS has partnered with the Fairfax County Police Department and local nonprofit organizations to implement the evidence-based Lethality Assessment Program (LAP). When patrol officers respond to the scene of a domestic violence crime, they screen for certain risk factors. When those factors are present, the officer immediately calls OFWDSVS’ 24-Hour LAP Line to connect the victim of the crime with an advocate. Victims are then educated on their options, including strategies for keeping themselves safer. The LAP has been proven to help jurisdictions better predict and, ultimately, prevent serious injury and homicide from happening.
We need your help to give victims more safety options!
$75 buys a home security system for a high-risk victim. Other victims may need help with transportation or getting their locks changed. Every amount helps. Please donate today by sending a check to:
OFWDSVS Gift Fund
C/O Amy Kegley
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 339
Fairfax, VA 22035
Volunteer with Our Program:
We encourage community participation in our programs and welcome volunteers to work in a variety of jobs. Some examples include staffing our 24-hour hotline, facilitating support and psychoeducational groups, providing accompaniment for victims at the hospital or in court, assisting in prevention and educational outreach, providing administrative support, and many others. All volunteers must pass a background check. We will provide all the training you need to safely and competently perform any of these jobs. We would love to welcome you as we all work together to create a safer community. If you would like more information, email Triniti Bunton or call 703-324-9495. Learn more about volunteer opportunities with the Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services.