Department of Family Services – Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

CONTACT INFORMATION: Monday–Friday 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

703-324-5730
TTY 711

12011 Government Center Parkway, Pennino Building, Floor 7, Suite 740
Fairfax, VA 22035

Toni Zollicoffer,
Director

Advocacy Services

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Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Advocacy Services are provided in partnership with the Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC). The goal of advocacy services is to increase client safety through enhanced knowledge and understanding of available resources and options to provide support to clients in accessing appropriate resources. Domestic and Sexual Violence Services' community-based advocates provide court and legal advocacy as well as housing and economic support. Advocates provide information to support clients in making decisions that is best for them and their individual needs. All services are free and confidential. In addition, free language interpretation and translation can be provided upon request.

Services provided include:

  • Crisis intervention, emotional support, and options counseling.
  • Safety planning.
  • Education about the criminal and civil justice systems (including civil protective orders).
  • Emergency shelter information and referral.
  • Housing information and referral.
  • Referrals to other county and community-based resources.
  • Short-term case management.

Court and Legal Advocacy

The court system can be scary and confusing. Our specially trained Victim Advocates are here to explain the processes and what to expect. Sometimes having someone by your side takes some of the anxiety and stress away. You are not alone. Our victim advocates provide:

You do not need to move forward with criminal proceedings in order to receive these free services.

Additional Resources

Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court

Legal Services of Northern Virginia

Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE)*

*Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request reasonable accommodations or to receive this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-5730 or TTY 711.

Fairfax Virtual Assistant