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 and Sexual Violence Services

Services

Update About Domestic and Sexual Violence Services (DSVS) During COVID-19
Free, short-term individual and family counseling services are now available via teletherapy. Call us at 703-324-5730 and choose the option for Counseling ServicesThe DSVS 24-hour hotline is still available 703-360-7273.


Resources

National Resources

State Resources

Local Resources

Other Services

  • Fairfax County Police Department
    Emergency: 911
    Non-Emergency: 703-691-2131
  • Magistrates
    Issues emergency protective orders.
    Fairfax: 703-246-2178
  • Services for people with mental illness or substance use disorders
    Emergency Services: 703-573-5679; TTY 711
    Entry & Entry & Referral: 703-383-8500; TTY 711
  • Child Protective Services
    703-324-7400; TTY 703-222-9452
  • Adult Protective Services
    703-324-7450; TTY 703-449-1186
  • Coordinated Services Planning
    Information and referral to human services resources in the community.
    703-222-0880, TTY 703-802-7914
For media inquiries, contact Department of Family Services' Public Information Officer Amy Carlini by email, office phone 703-324-7758 or mobile phone 571-355-6672.

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Wants You to Know You Are Not Alone


Find Out What's Happening in DSVS

Interested in more articles about Domestic and Sexual Violence programs, services and resources? Check out the variety of helpful topics.

How to Respond When Someone Discloses a Sexual Assault

women-with-ponytails-talking.pngSexual assault is a traumatic and life-changing experience and telling someone about it is frightening. A sexual assault survivor’s physical injuries may not always be substantial, but unseen psychological and emotional injuries may be severe. You do not need to be an expert in this area, but how you respond to disclosure is critical to a survivor’s well-being and recovery.

County Conversation: Teen Dating Violence and Stalking

debra-miller-jim-person-county-conversation-teens-stalking-edited.pngDebra Miller, youth education and outreach specialist, discussed teens, stalking, and healthy relationship initiatives in the Domestic and Sexual Violence Services division on the County Conversation podcast with host Jim Person.

County Conversation Podcast: Housing and Economic Support for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence

Vanessa Cullers, housing and economic specialist in the Domestic Violence Action Center, discussed housing options and economic support for victims of gender-based violence on the County Conversation podcast with host Jim Person.

Fairfax County’s Red Flag Law Encourages People to Speak Up: Prevent a Gun Tragedy

Angela Yeboah standing at podium speakingOn Monday, Dec. 13, 2021, county and community leaders, including Domestic and Sexual Violence Services’ Angela Yeboah, shared information and impactful stories of the Red Flag Law’s use to prevent gun violence and issued a call-to-action for the community to contact authorities who can act quickly to prevent tragedies. Check out this video to learn more.

Hand Signal for Help

domestic violence hand signal for help graphicIf you are in danger and unable to communicate verbally, this is a universal and discrete hand signal to make bystanders aware you are at risk and need help.

1. Hold hand up with palm facing the other person.

2. Tuck your thumb into your palm.

3. Fold your fingers down over your thumb.

Hope Cards Now Offered in Fairfax County

Hope Card sample

Fairfax County now participates in the Hope Card program, a way to enforce a civil protective order and a handy resource for victims of family abuse. A Hope Card is a laminated wallet-sized card that contains all the essential information of an existing, permanent civil protection order. 

Hope Cards have been around for a while but they're a new resource in Fairfax County for victims of family violence, intimate partner violence, stalking or sexual assault. The Hope Card can reduce the time on scene for officers responding to incidents of protection order violations, allow officers to verify if there is a valid protective order in place and can provide a sense of security to victims. It also helps keep officers safer by informing law enforcement about weapons involved in the incident resulting in a protective order. Learn more about the Hope Card.

County Conversation: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Counseling Services

County Conversation podcast Chris Davies and Jim Person talking in soundboothChris Davies, counseling services supervisor, discussed counseling services in the Domestic and Sexual Violence Services division on the County Conversation podcast with host Jim Person.

Talking About It Matters: Domestic Violence in the LGBTQ+ Community

two people sad sitting side by side on sofaThough it might not be clear from mainstream media, domestic violence is not limited to heterosexual relationships and can affect individuals of all sexual orientations and genders.

In fact, recent research shows intimate partner violence within the LGBTQ+ community occurs at a rate equal to or even higher than that of members of the heterosexual community.

Learn more about domestic violence in the LGBTQ+ community or call the Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273.

Video: Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Supports Victims of Gender-Based Violence

screenshot video Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Supports Victims of Gender-Based Violence, Toni Zollicoffer speakingDomestic violence and sexual violence are two separate issues and how they are addressed is different, too. Learn more about how the Department of Family Services’ Domestic and Sexual Violence Services division supports survivors of all forms of gender-based violence. 

Note: This video contains images that may be disturbing or triggering.

Learn about sexual assault, domestic violence and how Domestic and Sexual Violence Services supports survivors. Get information about DSVS resources by calling the Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273.

From the Headlines: Sexual Violence Headlines Can Cause Victims to Relive Trauma

stack of folded newspapers on tableWhen news hits the front page with details of allegations of abuse of power manifested through sexual violations, survivors of sexual trauma report they are often forced psychologically and emotionally to relive their own experiences of sexual violence. Typically, intrusive memories come with no forewarning that this event, this news story, this memory will be the reminder to the survivor of what they endured. The vestiges of sexual trauma show up unannounced, unwelcomed, unanticipated, and, at times, unrelenting. Check out this article. Learn more about how Fairfax County’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Services division can support survivors and help bystanders be better allies by calling the Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hour Hotline 703-360-7273, TTY 711.

Survivor Stories Video – Doug

video screenshot of DougDoug had a typical childhood until his best friend’s father groomed him and then sexually assaulted him for four years during his adolescence. He thought he had dealt with the trauma, but the effects followed him for decades. More than 30 years after his abuse ended, Doug realized he needed more help and sought out group support from Fairfax County’s Domestic and Sexual Violence Services division. Learn more about Doug’s story of survival

Note: This video contains details from the survivor's personal story that may be disturbing or triggering. Check out more videos from Domestic and Sexual Violence Services. #SurvivorStories

The Intersection of Gender-Based Violence and Economics

domestic violence finances infographic - Victims of financial abuse lose 8 million days of paid work each year.Ending gender-based violence requires us to see all the aspects of the issue. Often, when we think of intimate partner violence, we envision only bruises or broken bones—things we can see—or perhaps verbal abuse. But domestic violence takes many forms, including financial abuse, a subject that is often overlooked. 

The truth is personal safety and economic security are inextricably linked for victims of domestic violence. Research from the Centers for Financial Security shows financial abuse is present in 99 percent of domestic violence cases. Learn more about the intersection of domestic violence and financial abuse, call the Domestic and Sexual Violence 24-Hotline 703-360-7273.


You Can Make a Difference

Action + Awareness = Social Change

Awareness plus Action equals Social Change graphicRaising awareness calls for proactive efforts to increase knowledge of or reshape cultural norms or false perceptions about gender-based violence.

Preventing gender-based violence requires steps to stop violence and abuse from happening in the first place by interrupting the cultural rules, norms, and constructs that support it.

Social change happens when communities are equipped with a better awareness about the issue and understanding of the actions it takes to get there. This equation is solved when individuals, families, communities, and institutions have access to knowledge and tools.

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Use Your Voice – Community Engagement Toolkit

message clouds graphicCheck out the community engagement toolkit (talking points, social media, videos, articles and more) to spread the word throughout the community about the Department of Family Services Domestic and Sexual Violence Services’ (DSVS) important work and services available during COVID-19.

Volunteer Your Talents and Time

people holding hands graphicVolunteers are an integral part of our mission of preventing and ending domestic and sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking. Many of our key services depend upon dedicated volunteers. We could not do the work we do without help from our volunteers.

Be. The. One. to positively impact our community. Connect with us today!

Make a Donation

Donations can make a difference! There are two ways you can help.

  • Monetary Donations to Support a Program that Provides Safety Options to Domestic Violence Victims
  • Donate Resources to Help Domestic Violence Survivors Rebuild

Learn more about each and make a donation.


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