Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

adults and aging

Encouraging our clients, our staff, and our community
to act with responsibility, compassion, and the belief that all can live in peace.

What is domestic/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 the 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.

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services can help if:

  • You have been sexually assaulted and you don’t know what to do.
  • A family member or friend is a survivor of sexual assault or domestic violence and you want to know how to help them.
  • You were sexually assaulted some time ago and are now having difficulty because of this past trauma.
  • You are in a relationship in which you are being physically and/or emotionally abused.
  • You have been abusive toward a partner or family member, and you want to stop your abusive behavior.
  • You have ended a relationship and are being stalked or harassed.
  • You have separated from an abusive partner and need help making the transition.

How you can help:

  • Become a volunteer.
    If you are interested in being trained to answer our 24-hour hotline, work with groups for survivors, offenders, or children, provide hospital accompaniment, or any of a number of opportunities with our program, please call our volunteer coordinator at 703-324-9495, TTY 703-324-5706.

  • Sponsor an educational or informational program.
    To learn more or to sponsor a program for your organization, call 703-324-9483, TTY 703-324-5706.

  • Add your voice to our Friends organization.
    FOV is a 501(3)(c) that provides assistance to our program and its clients. For more information, call 703-836-2561, TTY 711.

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Important Phone Numbers

  • Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline:
    703-360-7273, TTY 703-435-1235
  • Artemis House (DV Shelter):
    703-435-4940, TTY 703-435-1235
  • ADAPT Information Line:
    703-968-4052, TTY 703-324-5706
  • Main Office:
    703-324-5730, TTY 703-324-5706

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services include:

Note: For all services call 703-324-5730, TTY 703-324-5706 (unless noted otherwise).

Hotline (domestic and sexual violence, stalking, and human trafficking)
24-hour telephone counseling, information, and referrals on domestic and sexual violence issues. Interpreters are available for hotline calls in any language. Call 703-360-7273, TTY 703-435-1235.

Counseling, Individual and Group
Individual counseling available for domestic and sexual violence survivors. Group counseling available for domestic and sexual violence survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence.

Current information on the medical, legal, and psychological aspects of sexual and domestic violence is available. Our staff includes those trained to address legal and immigration issues, economic and housing issues, substance abuse, and the needs of children.

Linking clients to additional needed services. These include social services, legal referrals, job counseling, information on housing, and many others.

Shelter for Victims of Domestic Violence
Victims of domestic violence who are in danger and in need of shelter can call Artemis House at 703-435-4940, TTY 703-435-1235. Access to shelter is available 24 hours a day.

Batterer Intervention Program - ADAPT
A certified 18-week program in which participants are taught to prevent abuse through the development of compassion for themselves and others. Call 703-968-4052, TTY 703-324-5706.

Hospital Accompaniment
When requested, for victims of sexual and domestic violence. Call our 24-hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline at 703-360-7273, TTY 703-435-1235.

Violence prevention and education programs are available for community groups, organizations, schools, and any other interested parties.

Consultation and Training
Available for professionals who, in the course of their work, deal with those whose lives are affected by sexual and/or domestic violence.

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