Anger & Domestic Abuse Prevention & Treatment

ADAPT is a state-certified batterer intervention program that features an 18-week psychoeducational group approach. ADAPT teaches emotional regulation skills to adult residents of Fairfax County and the cities of Falls Church and Fairfax who have been physically, emotionally, or sexually abusive to a spouse, partner, child, parent, or other family member.

For county residents, there is a $150 intake fee due by the first group session, and a $300 program fee due by the fifth group session. Specific due dates and additional information will be provided by ADAPT staff at orientation or intake.

* Please note that there are no refunds for program services.*

All fee transactions and records are confidential and will not be shared with any party except those necessary for processing the payment. Exceptions can be made only with a written release of information signed by the program participant.

Make an online credit card payment for the ADAPT Program.

We offer groups at Chantilly, Reston, Woodburn (Annandale), and South County (Alexandria). Our groups are offered on Tuesday or Thursday nights from 7 - 9 p.m.

Program Information
703-968-4052, TTY 703-324-5706


Domestic Violence or Family Abuse is when 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.

Program Goals

ADAPT Participants are taught to prevent abuse through the development of compassion for themselves and others. ADAPT helps program participants learn to:

  • Regulate anger and shame.
  • Take responsibility for behavior and feelings.
  • Let go of harmful blame.
  • Accept not being in control of another person or situation.
  • Develop safe and compassionate solutions to family conflicts.
  • Assess the role of substances on thoughts, feelings, and behavior.

The Experience of Family Abuse

  • There is NO safe level of family violence.
  • Most victims, abusers, and children lack genuine self-esteem.
  • Symptoms of victims and abusers can include clinical anxiety or depression, trouble sleeping, continual worry, excessive anger, or confusion.

Safety Pledge for ADAPT Participants

  • I will identify my early warning signs to prevent anger escalation and abuse.
  • I will take a time-out and physically remove myself from an escalating situation.
  • I will call the police if anyone in the family is afraid of violence.

All services are confidential and provided regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, or sexual orientation.

Community Resources

Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board (CSB)
(Services for substance use disorders, mental illness)
Entry & Referral Services
703-383-8500; TTY 711
Emergency Services 703-573-5679, TTY 711

Northern Virginia Family Service
- Multicultural Center

Northern Virginia Family Service
6400 Arlington Boulevard
Falls Church, VA 22042

Child Protective Services
703-324-7400 or 1-800-552-7096

Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic
Relations Court

4000 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030
703-246-3040; TTY 703-273-3713

Artemis House – A Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence
703-435-4940; TTY 703-435-1235

Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline
703-360-7273; ; TTY 703-435-1235

Fairfax Community Health Care Network
North County 703-689-2180; TTY 703-689-3281
South County 703-704-5333; TTY 703-704-6680

Parenting Classes
Fairfax County Parenting Education
703-324-7745; TTY 703-222-9452

Police Emergency 911
Police Non-Emergency 703-691-2131

All phone numbers use TTY 711, unless otherwise noted.

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