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,

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Domestic violence is a family, community and public health issue with widespread ripple effects that impact all parts of our community. It will take all of us to build a peaceful and safe Fairfax County.

Did you know?

  • 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men will experience sexual violence, physical violence or stalking by an intimate partner during their lives.
  • More than 43 million women and 38 million men will experience psychological aggression by an intimate partner in their lifetime.

Research also shows survivors of domestic violence have significantly higher rates of long-term health problems, including diabetes, frequent headaches, chronic pain, difficulty sleeping, asthma, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

We can prevent domestic violence across our community by addressing the root causes of the problem. We can eliminate attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, environments and policies that contribute to domestic violence and promote strategies that stop it. Together, we can reduce our acceptance and tolerance of violence, and reject norms, practices and policies that place girls and women at increased risk. We can confront gender and racial injustices.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Learn about county activities and resources honoring the month and check out our community engagement toolkit for ways you can share the message!

Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw Shares Domestic Violence Awareness Month Knowledge

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Supervisor Walkinshaw shares an important message about the importance of raising awareness about this public health issue and ways the community can support survivors. 

Wednesday, Oct. 20 – County Conversation

studio microphoneTune in to Chris Davies, counseling services supervisor, on the County Conversation podcast as he discusses counseling services in Domestic and Sexual Violence Services with host Jim Person.

Thursday, Oct. 21 Purple Out! – Fairfax County Turns Purple

purple ribbon waveJoin us in a national day of action for #PurpleOut by wearing purple, posting a selfie and showing their commitment to promoting healthy relationships.

– Wear purple, post a selfie, help raise awareness about domestic violence, and show your commitment to promoting healthy relationships.

– Make a sign sharing a message of support for survivors. Take a photo of your purple self with your sign and share it on social media for #PurpleOut. Tag @FairfaxCountyFamilyServices on Facebook!

– Email your photos to John Crownover for inclusion on the county website.

#FairfaxCountyFamilyServices #DVAM2021 #PurpleOut

Check out these photos from 2020!

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