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

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services - Community Engagement Toolkit

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The Department of Family Services' Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (DSVS) offers compassionate and comprehensive state-accredited programs for women, men, teens and children who have been affected by domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking. Use this community engagement toolkit (talking points, social media and more) to help spread the word throughout the community about DSVS' work and services available during COVID-19.

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24-Hour Hotline

Talking Points

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You can’t be safe at home if you’re not safe at home. For tips on safety planning, call the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. This information is available in Arabic, English, Farsi, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. https://bit.ly/2X7XLjz #StaySafeatHome #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #DFSHereForYou #FFXCOVID

Did You Know: Fairfax County’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Services division provides services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call the Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/2SlikFU #StaySafeatHome #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #DFSHereForYou #FFXCOVID

Eight out of 10 rapes are committed by someone the victim knows. For support, call the Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/2SlikFU #StaySafeatHome #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #DFSHereForYou #FFXCOVID19

Did You Know: Nearly 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be the victim of sexual violence at some point in their lives. To learn how to start the conversation about preventing sexual violence, call the Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/2SlikFU #StaySafeatHome #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #DFSHereForYou #FFXCOVID

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Fairfax County offices are closed but Domestic and Sexual Violence Services is still here for you, 365 days a year. Call us on the Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-760-7273. Can’t call safely? Text LOVEIS to 22522 to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline. #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #DFSHereForYou #FFXCOVID

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Safety Planning

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You can’t be safe at home if you’re not safe at home. For tips on safety planning, call the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. This information is available in Arabic, English, Farsi, Korean, Spanish and Vietnamese. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2X7XLjz #SafeAtHome #FFXCOVID

Being quarantined at home can be stressful. Plan activities with your children that make them feel good, like reading or listening to music. For more ideas, call the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/2SlikFU #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #SafeAtHome #FFXCOVID

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Staying home might not feel safe during these stressful times. If someone is hurting or threatening you, we can help: https://bit.ly/2X7XLjz  #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #FFXCOVID

Sexual Violence

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Eight out of 10 rapes are committed by someone the victim knows. Support is available for victims of sexual violence at all times, including during this health crisis. Call the Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Hotline for help 24 hours a day at 703-360-7273. You can also chat online with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) https://bit.ly/2xwDoSC. Call 911 if you are in immediate danger. https://bit.ly/2UPmaY3 #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #FFXCOVID

Survivors of sexual violence face the added stresses of the COVID response and the challenges of social distancing and isolation. Self-care exercises can decrease stress levels and increase resilience. Call the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Hotline for help 24 hours a day at 703-360-7273. You can also chat online with the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network https://bit.ly/2xwDoSC. Call 911 if you are in immediate danger. https://bit.ly/33Wfewr #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #FFXCOVID

The Inova Ewing FACT Department is open and providing medical care to sexual and domestic violence assault victims. Evidence collection and medical care after an assault are free. For more information about confidential assistance after an assault, call the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline: 703-360-7273. You can also chat online with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) https://bit.ly/2xwDoSC. In immediate danger? Call 911. #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #FFXCOVID

Did You Know: Nearly 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be the victim of sexual violence at some point in their lives. Learn how to start the conversation about preventing sexual violence. Call the Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline: 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/2SlikFU #StaySafeatHome #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #FFXCOVID

Reproductive coercion: when your partner won’t let you see your doctor, sabotages your birth control, forces you to have sex without protection, or threatens your pregnancy. And it’s a type of sexual abuse. If you need support, call the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/2SlikFU #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #FFXCOVID

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Nearly 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men will be a victim of sexual violence. If this is you, get support from the Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/2SlikFU #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #FFXCOVID

The Inova Ewing FACT Department is open and providing confidential medical care to sexual and domestic violence assault victims. Call the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/2SlikFU #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #FFXCOVID

Eight out of 10 rapes are committed by someone the victim knows. Get 24/7 support from the Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/2SlikFU #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #FFXCOVID

Support

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You can support a friend or family member being abused in many ways. Learn how at the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273 https://bit.ly/3dtJlz9 #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #FFXCOVID

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Learn the many ways you can support a family member or friend being abused at the Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/3dtJlz9 #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #FFXCOVID

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Phones and computers help us stay connected while social distancing. But a partner can abuse technology to monitor your actions. Consider: deleting call and browser logs, using a virtual phone service like Google Voice, or getting a pay-as-you-go phone. Learn more about digital abuse on the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/2SlikFU #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #FFXCOVID

Videos - We're Still Here

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Fairfax County offices are closed but we want the community to know that Domestic and Sexual Violence Services is still here and ready to help.

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Fairfax County offices are closed but Domestic and Sexual Violence Services is still here for you, 365 days a year. Call us on the Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-760-7273. Can’t call safely? Text LOVEIS to 22522 to connect with the National Domestic Violence Hotline. #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #DFSHereForYou #FFXCOVID

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Videos - You Are Not Alone

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Fairfax County offices are closed but we want the community to know that Domestic and Sexual Violence Services is still here and you are not alone.

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You Are Not Alone - Domestic & Sexual Violence Services

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Just a reminder: During COVID-19 - and at all other times - the Department of Family Services division of Domestic and Sexual Violence Services is here for you, and you are not alone. Call us on the Fairfax County Domestic anu Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #DFSHereForYou #FFXCOVID

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During the COVID-19 crisis, you - or a loved one - may be experiencing domestic or sexual violence. You may feel trapped, like there is no one to help. But the Department of Family Services Domestic and Sexual Violence Services is here for you - always - and you are not alone. To find out how we can help, call the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline: 703-360-7273. Check out our video message. #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #DFSHereForYou #FFXCOVID

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Staying Safe at Home
These are stressful times because of risks to our health, many of us must stay home. For some, staying home doesn’t always feel safe because someone there may threaten or hurt you. You are the best judge of safety in your own situation. But here are some ideas for keeping yourself and others in your home safe.

Essential Resources for Victims of Domestic Violence During COVID-19
If you are a victim of domestic violence, and you are worried about getting help during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have resources to help with shelter and housing; financial; employment services; utilities; food; transportation and more.

Be a Support System to Loved Ones Affected by Domestic and Sexual Abuse During COVID-19
Family and friends can do a variety of things to support a loved one who is being abused. Check out the full list of ways to provide support.

Safety Planning with Children During an Emergency
When you live with someone who threatens your safety, you worry about your child’s safety, too. The best time to plan for safety with your children is before the emergency starts. Just like fire drills help us prepare for the possibility of a fire, talking to children when things are calm will help everyone know what to do when things are stressful. Learn more about safety planning with children during an emergency.

Preventing Domestic Abuse During COVID-19
Even when we feel frustrated, upset, angry, like we are about to explode and want to control someone else with words or physical violence, we can make a better choice. Hurting someone is not the answer. When we hurt someone, it’s because we are hurting inside. Instead, stop and think about other ways to handle your hurt. Follow these simple steps.

Teletherapy: Counseling from a Distance
Counseling helps people feel stronger, safer, less afraid and more hopeful. But seeking help takes effort and courage. That is why we make it easy for you to access services. Our counselors speak English and Spanish, and we use interpreters for other languages, including American Sign Language. And starting July 2020, we also offer a teletherapy option. Learn more about teletherapy.

Sexual Violence Survivors at Greater Risk of Suicide
The recent suicide of activist and survivor Daisy Coleman has shined a light on the fact that sexual assault survivors can face a much higher risk of suicidal feelings. All survivors deserve support to recover and lead a full life. If you have experienced sexual violence and need support, help is available. Contact the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline: 703-360-7273. Learn more.

ADAPT Telehealth: Counseling Groups Over Video Call

We may feel frustrated, angry or concerned, and we may hurt or have hurt others close to us with words or violence. But there are safer ways to manage our emotions and make better choices. Learn about options through Domestic and Sexual Violence Services’ ADAPT: Anger & Domestic Abuse Prevention and Treatment program. This 18-week, state-certified domestic violence intervention program uses a group format to teach adults emotional regulation skills. Starting Monday, Sept. 21, this program will be offered through telehealth - counseling groups over video call. Contact the ADAPT Information and Intake Line at 703-968-4052 to schedule a free orientation and registration telephone appointment. Learn more about ADAPT Telehealth.


For media inquiries, contact Department of Family Services' Public Information Officer Amy Carlini by email office phone 703-324-7758 or mobile phone 571-355-6672">.

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