Domestic Relations Services

703-246-3040 TTY 711
4110 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 202
Fairfax, VA 22030
Tina Spurlock
Acting Director

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Family Abuse / Domestic Violence

Family abuse (also called domestic violence) can include stalking, causing or threatening physical harm, hitting, shoving, etc.  Verbal, emotional, or financial abuse, while serious, is not the basis of a  protective order.  For help with these types of issues, contact the Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC). 

If you have experienced choking/strangulation, please seek medical attention or contact INOVA Fact for information. 

A family or household member can include:

  • Spouse (even if you aren't living together)
  • Ex-spouse
  • People who have a child together
  • Parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren
  • Step-children, siblings, half-siblings
  • In-laws who live in the same house
  • Those living together or have lived together in the past year
  • any children of the persons above who live in the same home

If children have been physically abused or put in danger, court personnel are required by law to report it to Child Protective Services (CPS).
Family abuse is a serious problem. If you are afraid that something may happen before a protective order takes effect, you should stay with friends or go to a shelter. In an emergency, call 911.

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