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,

Volunteer Opportunities

** Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline 703-360-7273; TTY 711 **

We’re Looking for a Few Good Volunteers!

You can make a difference in our community by sharing your time and talents. Our goal is to make your volunteer experience fulfilling and meaningful. Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (OFWDSVS) utilizes volunteers in a variety of positions and has created a program that not only helps us meet the needs of our community, but is also flexible enough to meet the needs of today’s volunteer. We have opportunities for those who want to support clients directly and other work that can support our agency’s operations. Our volunteer opportunities range from one-day special projects to long-term commitments with evening and weekend opportunities available.

These are some of the volunteer opportunities available:

  • Court Accompaniment Advocate: Provides clients with emotional support and information about the court process in order to prepare them for their role in petitioning for a PPO, either through the affidavit or the ex parte hearing, and may accompany clients to hearings.
  • Hospital Accompaniment Advocate: Responds to Inova Fairfax hospital to accompany victims of intimate partner violence or sexual violence who are receiving a forensic evidence collection exam. Advocates are called to provide emotional support for the victim in a time of crisis and provide referrals and information as needed.
  • Hotline Counselor: Provides crisis intervention and supportive counseling for callers to our 24-hour domestic and sexual violence hotline. Hotline Counselors also provide referrals to medical, legal, shelter and social service support assistance.
Fairfax County’s office buildings currently are closed to the public but DSVS volunteers can still help answer the Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline. We also are still providing hospital accompaniment via the phone. If you have questions about your role during the pandemic, contact Lynne Rowson or Ara Jo (Hotline) and Angela Acosta (Hospital Accompaniment).

If you have general questions about volunteering for Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, contact Debra Ranf.

Learn more about the Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services.

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