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 2021 graphic

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!

Braddock District Supervisor James Walkinshaw Shared Domestic Violence Awareness Month Knowledge

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Supervisor Walkinshaw shared an important message about the importance of raising awareness about this public health issue and ways the community can support survivors. 

The Community Supports Domestic Violence Victims at Toiletry Drive

On Saturday, Oct. 16, community members donated a mountain of toiletries – including soap, hand sanitizer, diapers, and shaving cream – at the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Toiletry Drive.

ten people around tables with toiletries   five people organizing toiletries received   sixteen people in a group photo

seventeen people in a group photo   Keesha, Stacy, Tracy 

Wednesday, Oct. 20 – County Conversation

County Conversation podcast Chris Davies and Jim Person talking in soundboothOn Wednesday, Oct. 20 Chris Davies, counseling services supervisor, discussed counseling services in Domestic and Sexual Violence Services with host Jim Person on the County Conversation podcast.

Thursday, Oct. 21 Purple Out! – Fairfax County Turns Purple

purple ribbon waveThe 2021 #PurpleOut drew support from far and wide, including national and local politicians, multiple Fairfax County agencies, journalists, and concerned citizens. Everyone got in on the action, showing their commitment to promoting healthy relationships by posting selfies, team photos, and group Zooms.

Survive to Thrive Domestic Violence Awareness Event

Domestic and Sexual Violence Services supported Shelter House and Expectation Church at the first ever Survive to Thrive Domestic Violence Awareness Event, held Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021, to help domestic violence survivors on their journey to safety and self-sufficiency.

Vic Batson, Michael Becketts, John Crownover   Vic Batson, Tanisha Cox, James Walkinshaw, John Crownover 

Doorways’ Responding to Domestic Violence DMV Panel Discussion

screenshot video Stacy Ziebell speakingOn Monday, Oct. 25, Domestic and Sexual Violence Services Countywide Coordination Program Manager Stacy Ziebell participated in Doorways’ Responding to Domestic Violence in the DMV panel discussion and question and answer. The lively discussion focused on how agencies and organizations from across the DMV respond to domestic violence, even in times of crisis. Panelists also talked about the intersections of domestic violence and other issues, including sexual assault and homelessness, and how they play a role in their community beyond their direct response, including prevention efforts. Check out the video.

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