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Resources for Women & Families in Need

Every day in our area, thousands of women wonder if and how they can gather the courage and resources to leave an emotional or physically abusive husband or partner. These women may have huge lapses in their resumes due to motherhood or may have never held a job of their own. They may be new to this country. They may be miles from family. Fortunately, help is very near by

With a network of government agencies and non-profit organizations, any woman can get the help she needs to make the best decisions for herself and her children. While it’s impossible to cover all the services offered in one short post, below is a listing of some of the most extensive organizations in our area. These organizations offer everything from an emergency shelter for women fleeing unsafe situations, to job training for women looking to establish self-sufficiency, to legal advice, counseling and therapy, and even health care, food, and other basic needs.

All of the following organization offer safe, confidential, and in some cases completely anonymous services.

Government Services

While Child Protective Services or the Sheriff’s Office may spring to mind first when thinking of government services, both the Loudoun County and Fairfax County governments offer services that go far beyond these immediate needs. Both County governments provide counseling and support services for women in need, as well as emergency shelter.

Loudoun County Domestic Violence and Abuse Services | (703) 777-6552

• Partnership with the Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter
Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART) coordinates the resources of multiple agencies from the Loudoun County Sheriff’s office to the Loudoun County Public Schools
• The Victim Witness Program provides support, practical aid, and advocacy for victims

Fairfax County Office for Women & Domestic & Sexual Violence | (703) 360-7273

• Individual and group counseling for survivors
• Shelter and support services
• Support groups for women, men, and children

Private Organizations in Loudoun County

Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice/Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter (LAWS) | Leesburg, VA | (703) 777-6552
Loudoun Citizens for Social Justice is best known for operating the only shelter specifically for women and domestic violence victims in Loudoun County, the Loudoun Area Women’s Shelter (LAWS). But the organization also provides emotional support and practical advice for women, including education and help with safety, case management, basic needs, and referrals to area agencies.

• Emergency shelter
• Legal services
• Children’s services
• Child advocacy
• Teen violence prevention

Good Shepherd Alliance | Ashburn, VA | (703) 724-1555
While Good Shepherd does not focus solely on services for women and children, they offer shelter for domestic violence victims through the Hebron Women’s and Children’s Center for up to 89-days. Residents enter into the organization’s trademark “6 Steps To Self-Sufficiency” program which provides emergency shelter, education, job training, and housing assistance.

• Emergency shelter (Up to 89-days)
• Education
• Job training
• Housing assistance
• Referrals

Private Organizations in Fairfax County

Bethany House | Alexandria, VA | (703) 658-9500
Bethany House provides temporary housing and support to women seeking to regain their health and dignity and become re-established in their communities. In addition to emergency shelter, Bethany House provides a wide-range of services including an “after-care” program which provides services and support for women up to two years after leaving an emergency shelter.

• Crisis intervention
• Emergency shelter (up to 4-months)
• Life skills education
• Job training
• Trauma recovery counseling
• Aftercare counseling and support for up to two years

The Women’s Center | Vienna, VA | (703) 281-2657
While The Women’s Center does not provide an emergency shelter, it offers some of the most robust counseling services in the area, for every woman from women in crisis to women wanting some help with self-improvement. The Women’s Center is dedicated to “improving the psychological, career, financial, and legal well-being of women, men, couples, and families, regardless of their ability to pay.”

• Workshops
• Counseling
• Career services
• Financial education

Cornerstones | Reston, VA | (571) 323-9555
Cornerstones provides shelter and housing assistance for anyone seeking to get back on their feet. In addition to an extensive housing program which helps women transition from emergency shelter to affordable housing, the organization provides assistance with food and other basic needs.

• Housing counseling
• Food and basic needs assistance
• Affordable child care
• ESL and citizenship classes
• “Connections for Hope” — a community partnership which connects those in need with multiple organizations providing help

Northern Virginia Family Service | Centreville & Manassas, VA | (571) 748-2500
Northern Virginia Family Service provides services from emergency shelter to job training to health and medical services. The Healthy Families program provides home visits to help families provide healthy environments for their kids, as well as early childhood education programs for kids through preschool age. Moms and children who qualify can also see doctors, dentists, counselors, and therapists, or get help getting health insurance.

• Emergency shelter
• Hunger resource center
• Health care services
• Legal and immigration services
• Workforce development

Did we miss one? Let us know by sending us an email to [email protected].

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