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 Violence Awareness Month - Community Engagement Toolkit

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month 2020

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. You can start by using this community engagement toolkit (talking points, social media and more) to help spread the word throughout the community.

Social Media Tip: It's more effective to post a message with a graphic.

In Facebook posts, please tag us @FairfaxCountyFamilyServices. This helps people to quickly and conveniently connect with us.

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October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Talking Points

If you're using any of the talking points in Facebook posts, please tag us @FairfaxCountyFamilyServices. This helps people to quickly and conveniently connect with us.


Domestic Violence is a public health emergency. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men will experience contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lives.

This Domestic Violence Awareness Month, we name the connection between domestic violence and economic justice. Most survivors face financial abuse, creating an increased risk of violence and adding obstacles to safety. The direct and indirect results of financial abuse can impact survivors long after the relationship is over. Pathways to safety for survivors must include access to resources like job training, childcare, and housing.

The Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-hour Hotline 703-360-7273 is here for you if you or someone you care about is experiencing violence in a relationship.

Communities that promote peace and equity while speaking out against violence can be a protective factor against both the victimization and perpetration of domestic violence. During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, be visible and vocal in supporting programs that promote peaceful conflict resolution, healthy relationships and equality.

This October, we highlight the connections between domestic violence and other forms of oppression. Survivors often experience sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia and classism, among other forms of violence and discrimination. When domestic violence co-occurs with these other -isms, survivors face increased challenges in seeking safety.

Messages - Facebook

Follow these quick and easy steps to copy a message and post it along with one of the graphics.

  1. Highlight the text.
  2. Right-click and select copy.
  3. Paste the text into your post.

In Facebook posts, please tag us @FairfaxCountyFamilyServices. This helps people to quickly and conveniently connect with us.


October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Learn how you can support a friend or family member experiencing violence at the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/3dtJlz9 #DVAM2020 #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

Domestic Violence Awareness Month is an opportunity for us to unite and raise awareness of violence in our communities. Learn more at the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/3dtJlz9 #DVAM2020 #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

Support a Fairfax County where we are all safe, empowered and free from domestic violence. Learn more at the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/3dtJlz9 #DVAM2020 #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

Domestic violence can impact anyone, at any time, and in any relationship. If you are worried about your safety or the safety of someone you care about, reach out to the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/3dtJlz9 #DVAM2020 #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

We all have a role in helping raise awareness about domestic violence. Learn more about what you can do to create a safe and healthy community at the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/3dtJlz9 #DVAM2020 #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

Everyone deserves to feel safe and supported in their relationship. If you are worried your actions have made your partner feel scared, hurt, or controlled, there are resources available for you. Reach out to the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/2Nq10gb #DVAM2020 #FairfaxCountyFamilyServices

Messages - Twitter, Instagram

Follow these quick and easy steps to copy a message and post it along with one of the graphics.

  1. Highlight the text.
  2. Right-click and select copy.
  3. Paste the text into your post.

October is #DomesticViolenceAwarenessMonth. Learn how you can raise awareness about violence in our communities at the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/3dtJlz9

1 in 4 women and nearly 1 in 10 men will experience contact sexual violence, physical violence, and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lives. https://bit.ly/3cJ2jmg #DVAM2020

Domestic violence can impact anyone, at any time, and in any relationship. Learn more at the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/3dtJlz9 #DVAM2020

We all have a role in helping raise awareness about domestic violence. Learn more about what you can do to create a safe and healthy community at the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273. https://bit.ly/3dtJlz9 #DVAM2020

Graphics - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Follow these quick and easy steps to download a file to your computer:

  1. Click on the graphic.
  2. After it opens, right-click on the graphic and select to save the file.

In Facebook posts, please tag us @FairfaxCountyFamilyServices. This helps people to quickly and conveniently connect with us.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month graphic Financial abuse is present in 99% of domestic violence cases.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month graphic Roughly $6.3 billion of annual domestic violence costs are for direct medical & mental health services.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month graphic Financial abuse includes: forcing a partner to miss work; controlling access to money and accounts; identity theft; misusing guardianship; intentionally ruining a partner's credit.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month graphic Victims of financial abuse lose 8 million days of paid work each year.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month graphic Domestic violence costs the United States $8.9 billion per year.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month graphic 7 out of 8 domestic violence survivors return to an abusive partner because of financial abuse.

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