OFW & DSVS Publications

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The following publications are available from the Office For Women. To request a free copy, you may call the OFW&DSVS at (703) 324-5730 or send us an e-mail.

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Divorce, Separation, Child Custody, and Domestic Violence

Separation and Divorce Information Booklet (PDF Format)
      Spanish Version (PDF Format)
Fairfax County Commission For Women
September 2010
Information about the legal process of divorce and separation in Virginia. Topics include the legal process, divorce mediation, child support, emotional issues surrounding divorce, how to select and work with professionals, children and divorce, and how to take care of yourself during this difficult time.

  Divorce in Virgina
Family Law Section of the Virginia State Bar
July 2009
Answers basic questions about divorce and separation under Virginia law, including grounds for divorce, property rights created by marriage and divorce, child custody and support, and court procedures.

Divorce Information
Fairfax County Circuit Court
Provides information on procedures and requirements to obtain a divorce in Fairfax County. Also provides links to forms, schedules and instructions needed in a divorce.

Basic Virginia Divorce Procedures by Richard J. Byrd (PDF format)
Provides brief description of each of the procedural stages in a divorce case in Fairfax County.

Pro Se Divorce Brochure (PDF format)
Fairfax County Circuit Court
August 2004
Information to help individuals obtain a no-fault divorce in Fairfax County Circuit Court.

Domestic Violence Handbook-various languages (PDF format)
Fairfax County Domestic Violence Coalition
December 2003
Answers commonly asked questions about domestic violence, including how to obtain emergency assistance, legal information, counseling, special populations, and victim advocacy.

Understanding Your Domestic Rights in Virginia
(PDF resources in English, Spanish)
Metropolitan Richmond Women's Bar Association
Information on a broad range of domestic relations issues from marriage to divorce and separation to adoption.i Also includes sections on family violence, protective orders and injunctions, and stalking.

A Guide to Resources and Services
Fairfax Public Law Library
Reference guide for locating resources in the law library, includes web links to local and state legal resources.

What People Should Know About Juvenile Court Services: A Guide to the Domestic Relations Services
Office of the Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
Fairfax Bar Association
October 2005
Describes the types of cases handled by Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and provides information on handling family abuse, custody, visitation, and support cases. Information about obtaining a protective order, seeking child custody or visitation rights, and obtaining child support is included.

The above publication is also available in Spanish: Informacion acerca de los servicios que Ofrece el Tribunal de Menores relacionados con abuso familiar, custodia, derecho de visita, manutencion.

Child Support Services in Virginia
Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Social Services
Basic information about obtaining child support services in Virginia, including locating absent parents, establishing paternity, and enforcing child support orders.

Child Support and You Handbook
Facts About Establishing Paternity
Important Notice About Child Support
Department of Child Support Enforcement's Frequently Asked Questions

Fairfax Falls Church Community Services Board
24-hour Community Services Board Emergency Services Phone (703) 573-5679/TTY: (703) 207-7737

Anger & Domestic Abuse Prevention and Treatment
ADAPT offers domestic abuse intervention to men and women who have been physically, verbally or emotionally abusive; serves both court-referred and voluntary participants.

 Legal Services of Northern Virginia
Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) is a non-profit law firm founded in 1980 which provides free legal assistance in civil cases to individuals who are elderly, or who have low incomes, mental or physical disabilities, or HIV/AIDS. The mission of LSNV is to serve individuals who, without legal assistance, will lose a critical human need - food, shelter, income, medical care, or personal safety.

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Women's Business Center of Northern Virginia
The center provides women with the training, assistance and support needed to start and expand successful small businesses in Northern Virginia. The WBC offers free and low-cost training programs, free one-on-one technical counseling, marketing assistance, access to those who can make loans, help in getting special certifications to do business with local, state and federal government, a resource library, computers and Internet access, and more.

Women's Business Center of Northern Virginia
7001 Loisdale Road, Suite C
Springfield, VA 22150
Telephone: (703) 778-9922 Fax (703) 768-0547

Fairfax County Office of Small Business
Link to information on doing business with Fairfax County. It serves as a resource of business opportunities and an information clearinghouse for businesses on the Internet. This site provides information on small business opportunities, upcoming events, how to become a vendor to Fairfax County, resources and the Small Business Commission.

SBA Programs & Services
U.S. Small Business Administration
January 2006
You can find information about SBA programs and services to help people start or expand their businesses, including loan programs, federal procurement assistance, research and development assistance and business counseling and training.  Includes information about assistance to women business owners, including women's business centers, SBA's Online Women's Business Center, and the Women's Network for Entrepreneurial Training.

Virginia Department of Business Assistance
Minority and Women-Owned Business Program

Minority and women-owned businesses are a vital part of the successful economy in Virginia. On July 2, Governor Warner issued Executive Order 29, which states that it is the policy of the Commonwealth to make sure that small businesses and businesses owned by women and minorities receive every opportunity to compete for the Commonwealth's expenditures for goods and services. He also directed all state agencies and public bodies to develop a written program "to facilitate the participation of small enterprises and enterprises owned by women and minorities in procurement."

Virginia offers several resources for minority-owned businesses and women-owned businesses. Be sure to visit the Resource Center for a list of other helpful links. Please keep in mind that State and local agencies are now purchasing through eVA, the Commonwealth's new, government-to-business web site. To register your business as an eVA vendor, visit www.eva.state.va.us.

Fairfax County Economic Development Authority's Small, Woman-Owned and Minority-Owned Business Division
The Fairfax County Economic Development Authority provides specialized assistance to small, minority and women-owned firms seeking to move into Fairfax County or expand an existing county business. The Small and Minority-Owned Business Division provides individualized one-on-one assistance to businesses by:

Identifying possible Fairfax County sites or offices; providing information and identifying resources for small and minority-owned businesses and start-ups such as the Minority Supplier Development Council; serving as a liaison with the planning and development agencies of the Fairfax County government; providing current demographic and economic information.

The division also serves as a clearinghouse for state and local information as well as producing the Small Business Calendar of Events and Business Ventures, a quarterly newsletter.

SkillSource (Your One Stop Skill Source)
The SkillSource Centers provides job search assistance, skills assessments, career training, resume preparation and interview coaching for Fairfax County residence. The Northern Virginia Workforce Investment Board (NVWIB), through its SkillSource Centers, works with businesses to identify training needs and employment opportunities in the region and delivers placement and training services to job seekers. The SkillSource Centers and affiliates are conveniently located throughout Northern Virginia.


Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
Ina Fernández, Director
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 339
Fairfax, VA 22035
Phone 703-324-5730; TTY 711
Fax 703-653-7006
Hours - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Email Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

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