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

Support Groups for Women, Men and Children

 

Domestic Abuse Survivor Support Group for Women

This is a free, confidential group for adult women who are currently experiencing or have previously experienced domestic abuse (physical, emotional, or verbal). The group is led by a trained therapist specializing in domestic violence and trauma. The group promotes:

  • Safety and empowerment for self and family
  • Understanding and healing from abuse and trauma
  • Supportive connection with other survivors.

New groups start every several months and are offered in English and Spanish in the Annandale, Virginia, area. To enroll, please contact the following group facilitator for a private, face-to-face session:

English-language group:

Wednesdays 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (eight weekly sessions)
Rebecca Albert, LPC 703-704-6731; TTY 711

Spanish-language group:

Mondays 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (eight weekly sessions)

Daniels Brevis, LPC 703-704-6731; TTY 711

 

Children's Domestic Violence Group

This is a free, confidential group for elementary-school-aged children (especially ages 7-11) who have been impacted by domestic violence. The group is led by a trained therapist specializing in domestic violence and treating children. The group provides:

  • A supportive setting for children
  • Education and domestic violence that is easy to hear and understand
  • Help with feelings and big life changes
  • Help making sense of self and family relationships without fear or shame
  • Fun, expressive activities to help heal after trauma.

This group is currently offered in English only, but supportive services are available in other languages for parents. New groups start several times per year in various locations in Fairfax County. To enroll, please contact the following group facilitator for a private, face-to-face session:

Time, date, and location vary

Sarah Freeman, LPC 703-704-6729; TTY 711

 

Women's Sexual Violence Survivors Group

This is a free, confidential group for adult women who have experienced sexual violence. The group is led by a trained therapist specializing in sexual violence and trauma and is offered continuously as an open-enrollment group. The group promotes healing from sexual violence and trauma. Participants learn how to:

  • Cope with trauma symptoms
  • Express thoughts and feelings in a safe setting
  • Draw connection and support from other women.
  • There is an option for an art therapy group.

This group is currently offered in English only in the Fairfax, Virginia, area. To enroll, please contact the following group facilitator for a private, face-to-face session:

Tuesdays 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (twice per month)
Kathryn Harlow, LPC 703-704-6717; TTY 711

 

Men's Survivors' Group

This is a group for men who were sexually abused as children. One in 6 men is sexually abused before age 18, but many men believe they are alone. Those who sexually abuse children often use silence and secrecy to hurt them. Ending silence can help men heal. This free, confidential group is led by a trained therapist specializing in trauma and men sexually abused as boys. The group is offered continuously as an open-enrollment group in which participants:

  • Listen to and learn from each other in a supportive community
  • Develop more understanding and acceptance of themselves
  • Realize they are not alone--not broken--and find their strength.

The group is currently offered in English only in the Springfield, Virginia, area. To enroll, please contact the following group facilitator for a private, face-to-face session:

The 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Chris Davies 703-704-6727; TTY 711

 

The Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services serves residents of Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church.

All services are confidential, free, and provided regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, or sexual orientation.

For information on how to reach these locations using public transportation, visit Fairfax Connector 703-339-7871; TTY 711 or Metro 202-637-7000; TTY 202-638-3780.

 

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