Earlier News and Special Events for OFW&DSVS/Commission for Women



top of page Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Film Screening and Discussion

Monday, April 23 at 7 P.M.

James Lee Community Center Theatre
2855-A Annandale Road
Falls Church, Virginia 22042

The Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services will be screening parts of several films and facilitating a discussion about how social norms and expectations shape the way we think and talk about sexual violence.

We will discuss parts of the following films:

  • Spin the Bottle
  • Sex, Lies, & Alcohol
  • The Bro Code
  • How Contemporary Culture Creates Sexist Men
  • Dreamworlds 3: Desire, Sex, and Power in Music Videos
  • Killing Us Softly: Advertising’s Image of Women

This free event is suitable for teens and adults. RSVP not required.

For more information call 703-324-5730; TTY 711


top of page Sexual Assault Awareness Month, Brown Bag Lunch Discussions

  Trauma Response
  Date: Wednesday, April 4
  Time: 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
  Location: Fairfax County Government Center
Conference Rooms 2 & 3
  Speaker: Tayna Clausen, LCSW
Sexual Assault Counselor

Learn about the body’s natural response to trauma after sexual assault.

 

 
  Prevention & Healthy Relationships
  Date: Tuesday, April 10
  Time: 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
  Location: South County Center
Room 221 A & B
  Speaker: Heather Sarmiento, M.Ed.
Prevention & Education Specialist

Learn about our current prevention programs and how to access them.

 
 
  Adults Abused as Children
  Date: Tuesday, April 17
  Time: 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
  Location: Herrity Building
Room 106
  Speaker: Lesley Persily, M.Ed., LPC
Sexual Assault Counselor

Learn about the counseling services available for adults who were abused as children and how their experiences as children can influence their life as adults.

 

 
  Male Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  Date: Tuesday, April 24
  Time: 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
  Location: Falls Church Building
Conference Center, Room A
  Speaker: Chris Davies, MS
Supervisor, Survivor Services Counseling Team

Learn about the unique challenges facing male survivors of childhood sexual abuse.


top of page Chantilly Senior Wins Women’s History Month Essay Contest

Briana Neuberger, 17, of Chantilly, Va., received first place in the 2012 Women’s History Month Essay Contest sponsored by the Fairfax County Commission for Women and Alice’s Kids. Her essay about her “personal shero” surfaced above all submissions with its compelling message, originality, and well-organized thoughts. Neuberger will receive a $1,000 cash award. She is a senior at Chantilly High School.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors’ proclamation ceremony and Women's History Month receiption will take place on Tuesday, March 6, at 9:30 a.m., designating March as Women’s History Month. Neuberger and her fifth-grade teacher and shero, Gretchen Harris, will accept the proclamation together.

Tien Ngoc Bui from Thomas Jefferson High School took second-place and will receive a $500 cash award. Additionally, students from each of the county’s nine districts will receive honorable mentions and cash awards of $100.


top of page Purchase Virginia License Plates to Support Prevention Efforts

One in four Virginians is affected by sexual or domestic violence before the age of 18. Whether a young person is a witness, victim or perpetrator of violence, the trauma can have a lifelong impact. Proceeds from a new special interest license plate will fund prevention programs in Fairfax County and local communities. Together, we can help to prevent violent acts before they occur.

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The Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (OFWDSVS) is joining the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance (Action Alliance) to promote the "Peace Begins at Home" license plate. Proceeds will benefit the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance's Building Healthy Futures Fund, which supports a variety of violence prevention efforts across the state.

Pre-registration for the 'Peace Begins at Home' plate costs $25 per year and is currently in progress. Registration will continue until June 30, 2012.

For an application to pre-register for the license plate, contact Jennifer McPherson or 703-324-3586, TTY 711. For more information, visit the Action Alliance website.

The Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance provides support to local rape crises centers and domestic violence agencies through training and technical assistance as well as operating the statewide Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline.

Together we can help to prevent violent acts BEFORE they occur.


top of page   Collecting cell phones to help victims of domestic violence

Collecting Phones

The Fairfax County Commission for Women is collecting used cell phones, chargers and batteries to help victims of domestic violence.

The Commission is conducting the drive in partnership with Verizon Wireless' HopeLine Program, which collects used wireless phones and equipment and refurbishes or recycles them. Last year over 1,700 cell phones were collected and resulted in a $7,500 donation from the Verizon Wireless HopeLine to Artemis House. For more information call or visit the Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services at 703-324-5730; TTY 711 or visit the Commission for Women web site.



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