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

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.

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!

Purple Out! – Fairfax County Turns Purple

purple ribbon waveOn Thursday, Oct. 22, people joined in a national day of action for #PurpleOut by wearing purple, posting a selfie and showing their commitment to promoting healthy relationships. Check out some of the photos!

Thursday, Oct. 1 – Step Up 4 Kids Day!

Step Up 4 Kids Day graphicDid you know that 1 in 4 children in the U.S. will experience domestic violence in their homes before they turn 18? Children who witness domestic violence are often forgotten in larger discussions of intimate partner violence, but their experiences can last a lifetime. Help us raise awareness about Fairfax County’s Step Up 4 Kids initiative by using the Step Up 4 Kids community engagement toolkit on Step Up 4 Kids Day!

Wednesday, Oct. 7 – County Conversation

studio microphoneTune in to Brittany Vera, countywide child witness to violence coordinator, on the County Conversation podcast as she discusses the Step Up 4 Kids initiative with host Jim Person.

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