Department of Family Services – Domestic and Sexual Violence Services

Fairfax County, Virginia

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

TTY 711

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

Toni Zollicoffer,

Awareness About Domestic and Sexual Violence

Transform the Norm

This is an important time to be aware of healthy relationships. Given the continuous major changes the community and agencies are facing, we're focusing on positive transformation and coping with change.

Transform the Norm is this year's theme. This speaks to how the “norm” will be changed post-COVID-19 and how our communities can adjust, while also uplifting a positive interpretation of shifting away from unhealthy societal norms around intimate partner violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, teen dating violence, strangulation and stalking.

Department of Family Services Training graphic

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services provides a variety of trainings throughout 2021. Mark your calendar for these free trainings.

Participate in a Variety of Trainings

Sexual Violence Learning Series

Transform the Norm DSVS 2021 Sexual Violence Learning SeriesDomestic and Sexual Violence Services presents a year-long sexual violence learning series to expand knowledge about all aspects of sexual violence. All sessions are free, but registration is required.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 Talking with Children About Consent
4-5 p.m.
Gain information and insight about how to help children and adolescents understand and communicate about consent. Topics covered will be age-appropriate consent, respect and how to ask for help. Register now

Wednesday, April 21, 2021 Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors
1-2 p.m.
One in four women and one in six men will experience sexual violence in their lifetime. Help transform the response to sexual assault with information about sexual violence, plus learn how to be supportive to victims and how they can access community resources. Register now

Monday, May 17, 2021 Impact of Child Sexual Abuse on Adult Male Survivors
3-4:30 p.m.
Join Doug Tinder as he shares his story of surviving and healing from childhood sexual abuse to help normalize conversations about male childhood sexual abuse and to enable survivors and the community to work together to heal and prevent abuse. He will discuss the prevalence, gravity and lifetime impact of this type of trauma, as well as the healing process and the support survivors may need. Register now

Wednesday, June 16, 2021 Responding to LGBTQ Survivors of Sexual Violence
1-3 p.m.
The Virginia Anti-Violence Project will explore institutional barriers and normative beliefs that make LGBTQ people vulnerable to sexual violence and discourage survivors from seeking help. The discussion will include best practices to help services providers and community members improve the response to LGBTQ sexual violence survivors, as well as efforts to address harmful barriers and beliefs. Register now

Friday, July 16, 2021 Reproductive and Sexual Coercion
10 a.m.-Noon
Participants will learn about reproductive and sexual coercion using a reproductive justice framework, an intersectional approach created by SisterSong that treats reproductive health in a holistic way. The presenter will discuss how local partners can collaborate; how to improve providers’ procedures regarding clients’ sexual activity and sexual health; and how to better identify and support survivors. Register now.  

Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021 Incarcerated Victims of Sexual Violence
9-11 a.m.
Incarcerated individuals face much higher rates of sexual violence and are also disproportionately likely to have been sexually abused before incarceration. Just Detention International will explain the incidence and dynamics of sexual abuse in detention and provide guidance on addressing the impact of sexual violence on incarcerated survivors, including the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) standards. JDI will also discuss how to challenge cultural assumptions about sexual violence in detention so “rape is not part of the penalty.” Register now

Friday, Sept. 10 Strangulation and Sexual Violence
1-2:30 p.m.
Beth Roach will share her expertise on strangulation and asphyxiation as they are used in intimate partner and non-intimate partner sexual violence. She will describe the general dangers and signs of strangulation, as well as the unique characteristics of strangulation/ asphyxiation of sexual violence victims, how to identify and support strangulation victims, and Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team (FACT) services. Register now

Monday, Nov. 15, 2021 Sexual Harassment
10 a.m.-Noon
Sexual harassment can include a wide range of unwelcome behavior of a sexual nature, and can occur in a workplace, learning or housing situation. The speaker will address how to be aware of and respond to sexual harassment, whether you are a victim, witness or advocate. This presentation will enable participants to raise awareness and decrease tolerance for sexual harassment. Register now

Economic Advocacy

Personal safety and economic security are inextricably linked for victims of domestic violence. Research from the Centers for Financial Security shows financial abuse is present in 99% of domestic violence cases. Join Domestic and Sexual Violence Services as they present the Allstate Foundation’s Moving Ahead Curriculum to help trainers learn how to support domestic violence survivors as they get their financial lives in order. This training is free, but registration is required.

Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 Working with Domestic Violence Survivors on Their Financial Safety
2:30-4:30 p.m. 
This workshop will share how to help domestic violence survivors question the messages and implicit lessons they have learned from society and abusers about financial relationships and decisions. Participants will learn how financial abuse impacts survivors and how to work with them on financial fundamentals such as budgeting, credit and long-term planning, using the Allstate Foundation's Moving Ahead Curriculum. Participants will also learn about local resources available to help survivors with other economic issues, including housing and employment. Registration information coming soon.

Department of Family Services Information graphic

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services provides select education and outreach materials to increase knowledge that helps create a future with positive relationships and safer communities.

Access Education and Outreach Materials

different books with multiple color bindingCounty Conversation Podcast: Sexual Violence Learning Series
In an effort to raise awareness about all aspects of gender-based violence, Domestic and Sexual Violence Services is hosting a year-long Sexual Violence Learning Series. Find out more on the County Conversation podcast where host Jim Person chatted with Michelle Mueller, Countywide Human Trafficking and Sexual Violence Coordinator.

Department of Family Services Events graphic

See how Fairfax County and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services acknowledges the work the division does to raise awareness and transform the norm through a series of events.

Participate in Events and Activities

artwork showcase different piecesMay 2021 Teen Dating Violence Teen Talent Showcase
Come to a night of art and performance celebrating a positive interpretation of shifting away from unhealthy societal norms around teen dating violence. More information to come.

June 2021 Juneteenth to Tulsa to Today: Racial and Economic Justice Gaps
Attend a documentary screening and panel discussion of “Crime After Crime,” which tells the story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, who was imprisoned for more than 25 years because of her connection to the murder of her abuser. Two decades later, two rookie attorneys, with no background in criminal law, step forward to take her case and shine a light on the ways in which this country criminalizes survivors. This screening is free, but registration is required. More information to come.

October 2021 Domestic and Sexual Violence Scavenger Hunt
Find weekly clues to Domestic and Sexual Violence Services trivia. Win a swag bag! More information to come.

Fairfax Virtual Assistant