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

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month - 31 Ways to Be The One

Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2019 Play A Part graphic banner

31 days and ways you can #BeThe1Domestic violence may seem like too big a problem to solve but there is something you can do. Try one - or all - of these 31 small activities to Be. the. One. to Play a Part to help end domestic violence.

For more information about Domestic Violence Awareness Month, contact Colleen Armstrong at 703-324-9493.

Add October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in purple to your email signature. Use a domestic violence awareness frame for your social media profile pictures

 

#PlayAPart

Save the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline number 703-360-7273 in your phone and share it on your social media account.

 

#PlayAPart

Learn about the services available at Fairfax County’s Domestic Violence Action Center. Share this information with others.

 

#PlayAPart

Did You Know? Shelter House Inc. opened a second shelter in Fairfax County to accommodate 28 additional beds. Share this information with others.

 

#PlayAPart

Gather a group of your friends and family and volunteer with a domestic violence program.

 

#PlayAPart

Talk to your faith leader about posting domestic violence resources in your house of worship.

 

#PlayAPart

Did You Know? Thirty-eight percent of all domestic violence victims become homeless at some point in their lives. Share this information with others.

 

#PlayAPart

Consider donating items to help individuals and families staying at Artemis House, Fairfax County’s emergency domestic violence shelter.

 

#PlayAPart

Register for Supporting Kids Through Difficult Times and learn how you can play a part to build a more resilient community.

 

#PlayAPart

Tell your child’s school counselor or front office staff about the Fairfax County 24-Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline 703-360.-7273.

 

#PlayAPart

Bring your four-legged friend to the Fairfax County K9 Krawl. Invite other dog-parents to join you.

 

#PlayAPart

Donate to the Fairfax County Animal Shelter’s Pet Haven Program. Victims of domestic violence can house their pet for up to three weeks.

 

#PlayAPart

Did You Know? Native American and indigenous women experience the highest rates of domestic violence. Share this information with others.

 

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Listen to The County Conversation podcast and hear about how you can play a part to end domestic violence in our community. Share this information with others.

 

#PlayAPart

Did You Know? Children who experience domestic violence are more likely to experience other forms of abuse and neglect? Share this information with others.

 

#PlayAPart

Talk to your children about what it means to have healthy intimate relationships. 

 

#PlayAPart

See what counseling services are available to children who have witnessed domestic violence.

 

#PlayAPart

Did You Know? A survivor of domestic violence faces the greatest risk for harm immediately after the leave their abusive relationship. Share this information with others.

 

#PlayAPart

Learn about the risk factors that can increase someone’s risk of losing their life as a result of domestic violence.

 

#PlayAPart

Take the 2019 Domestic Violence Awareness Month Media List to your library and check out a book on domestic violence. 

 

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Did You Know? Fairfax County has services available to individuals who have used violence in their relationship. Learn about the ADAPT: Anger & Domestic Abuse Prevention & Treatment Program. Share this information with others.

 

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Share facts and information about financial abuse through your social media accounts.

 

#PlayAPart

Show your support for survivors of domestic violence and wear purple for Purple Out Day. Post a photo and use these hashtags:

#PurpleOutDay

#DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth

#DVAM

#BeTheOne

#PlayAPart

 

 

#PlayAPart

Read up about domestic violence in the workplace and ask your human resources department what support your company has in place for survivors of domestic violence. Share this information with others.

 

 

#PlayAPart

Watch “First Impressions to Domestic Violence” to understand how domestic violence impacts children over a lifetime. Share this information with others.

 

 

#PlayAPart

Build your skills to support a friend who is experiencing domestic violence.

 

 

#PlayAPart

Play a part and build a thriving and connected community by checking in on someone you care about and see how they are doing.

 

#PlayAPart

Did You Know? Victims of intimate partner violence lose a total of 8 million days of paid work each year. Share this information with others.

 

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Ask your favorite restaurant to put domestic violence resources in their restrooms.

 

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Observe a moment of silence for everyone who has lost their life due to domestic violence this year.

 

#PlayAPart

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