Free, short-term individual and group counseling for children,
teens, women, and men and their family members who have experienced
domestic or sexual violence.
At no cost to you, a trained counselor will listen to you
without judging you and help you with healing, safety, and
other issues related to your experiences with domestic and/or
sexual violence. You can receive up to 10 weekly individual
counseling sessions. The counselor will also help you find
other services and resources to meet your needs.
You may also participate in group counseling. Groups run for
8 to 10 sessions and include peer support and education.
Women’s Domestic Violence Group – Support and education
to understand domestic violence and promote safety and
healing. A children’s group is also available at the same
time and place.
Trauma Survivors’ Coping Skills Group – Teaching women
who have been sexually abused or had other trauma to
manage unpleasant emotions, gain a sense of security, and
learn to thrive.
Men’s Survivors’ Group – Support for men who want to
understand and heal from sexual abuse they experienced in
Call 703-324-5730; TTY 703-324-5706 to request an
appointment with a trained counselor. English and
Spanish-speaking counselors are available. We also provide
interpreters for other languages.
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Who is Eligible?
You or a family member must have experienced domestic or
sexual violence or stalking.
You must live in, work in, or have been abused or assaulted
in Fairfax County or the Cities of Fairfax or Falls Church.
(The Men’s Survivor Group does not require residency for
Children are eligible for individual counseling services.
Because counseling is short-term, it is not a good fit for:
People with a serious mental illness without other
psychiatric care or if the condition could make our
services unhelpful or harmful;
People in other counseling or treatments that could
duplicate or conflict with our services unless services
People with a history of sexual abuse by a parent or
family member (incest).
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Where Do I Go for Counseling?
You can meet with us in one of many locations throughout
Fairfax County. When you call to request counseling, the
counselor who works closest to your zip code will contact
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How Long is the Wait For
Our goal is to return your call within one working day. To
help us provide our services without delay, please call back
promptly if you receive a voice message from us. Counseling
can start within a few weeks or sooner from the time you
speak with a counselor. Depending on demand, there might be a
longer wait at a particular site.
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How Do I Recognize
Domestic violence can put the victim and family in serious
danger, whether it occurs rarely under specific circumstances
or whether it involves a continuous pattern of behaviors
intended to control, intimidate, and isolate the victim. Men
and women can be victims of domestic violence. Victims of
domestic violence and their children often develop low
self-esteem, anxiety, and secrecy, either out of fear of
retaliation from the abuser or out of being made by the
abuser to feel somehow responsible for the abuse. Victims of
domestic violence deserve to know that they have a variety of
options and supports available to them and that they do not
need to tolerate the abuse. Victims have the right to safety
and even certain legal protections. Domestic violence may
Abuse by a spouse, household member, romantic partner, or
Physical attacks (like hitting, choking, or throwing
Psychological abuse (like insults, yelling, humiliation,
or mind games)
Threats (to harm or kill you, children, pets, or
self—even if it was vague)
Controlling (making orders or leaving you out of
Isolating (limiting your contact with friends and family)
Withholding access to joint assets (like money, keys,
car, phone/web, or food)
Harming pets or property
Using children as a way to control you
Extreme jealousy, religious domineering, extreme
criticism, or sabotage
Sexual violence can take many forms and is not limited to
rape (penetration). The perpetrator need not be a stranger.
Sexual assault and rape can be committed by an acquaintance,
a romantic partner, or a spouse. Any unwanted sex acts
constitute sexual assault and are a crime. It is normal for a
victim of sexual assault to feel embarrassed and afraid, and
it can be hard to tell someone about it. Victims deserve to
be believed and protected. They have the right to a free
emergency hospital exam whether or not they involve police.
They have the right to legal protection and sometimes
compensation. Emotional problems stemming from sexual abuse
sometimes emerge much later and can persist and worsen if not
treated. With counseling, many sexual violence survivors
Stalking is a pattern of conduct (however brief or
prolonged) that causes another person some degree of fear. It
can involve repeated unwanted contact, surveillance,
vandalism, threats, or attempts to hurt the victim’s personal
or professional reputation or relationships. In some cases
stalking can escalate to present a danger to the victim.
Legal protections are available to victims of stalking.
Victims of stalking can also receive help ensuring their
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24-hour Hotline (domestic and sexual violence, stalking,
and human trafficking)
Interpreters are available for hotline calls in any
language: 703-360-7273; TTY 711
Emergency shelter for domestic violence survivors and
their families: 703-435-4940; TTY 711
Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC)
Advocacy center serving those affected by domestic
violence and stalking; DVAC is located at the Fairfax
County court complex: 703-246-4573; TTY 711
ADAPT (Anger Domestic Abuse Prevention and
Treatment) *Fees are associated with this
Batterer Intervention Program for those who commit
domestic violence: 703-968-4052; TTY 703-324-5706
Mujeres Transformando Vidas
Educational group in Spanish for women, offered at several
Family Resource Centers in Fairfax County: 703-324-9483;
Provides information for people affected by domestic and
sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking who need
help finding housing and employment: 703-246-4573; TTY 711
Provides information and resources for children impacted
by domestic or sexual violence: 703-324-5730; TTY
Provides information, referrals, and support to victims of
intimate partner domestic and sexual violence and stalking.
Advocates do not offer on-site legal representation,
however, they can provide information about the court
system and protective orders: 703-246-4573; TTY 711
Community Outreach and Education
Presentations to adults, teens, and children in various
community settings: 703-324-5730; TTY 703-324-5706
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How You Can Help
Become a volunteer! We have a large team of committed
volunteers who co-lead survivors’ and offenders’ groups,
take crisis calls, accompany survivors for forensic nurse
examinations, help with education and outreach programs,
and provide administrative office assistance. If you are
interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer
Coordinator at 703-324-9495; TTY 703-324-5706.
Counseling and batterer intervention internships are
available for Master’s-level students in counseling,
psychology, and social work.
We welcome professionals and organizations that serve
survivors of domestic and sexual violence to contact us for
consultation. We are committed to a coordinated community
response to violence.
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For group or individual counseling,
to request an appointment
with a trained counselor.