Violence Intervention Program (VIP)
VIP staff are professional counselors who provide crisis intervention, supportive counseling, advocacy for victims/survivors and family members to ensure safety and recovery. Our office is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Doorways Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline is available 24 hours a day at 703-237-0881.
Counseling for Victims/Survivors
All counseling is free and confidential. We offer on-going individual counseling in both English and Spanish. For any other language, VIP utilizes the support of a designated language line to facilitate translations.
Our goal in working with victims of domestic violence is to provide information, support, and education to empower them to know their rights, to become experts in understanding the components of healthy vs. abusive relationships, to help them recover from their abusive relationship, and to enable them to live free of domestic violence. For survivors of sexual assault we strive to help them understand and cope with the trauma they have experienced so they can heal, recover — and move on with their life.
Often crisis intervention is the first resource for individuals and their family members impacted by domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Crisis intervention can include safety planning, hospital accompaniment, or support when contacting law enforcement. Our program can help the victim/ survivor of abuse as well as others who are concerned for this victim.
Our Crisis Intervention hotline is answered by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Alliance staff talk with the caller and may make a referral to our program. Hotline callers can request to be connected to our program.
Project PEACE is a coordinated effort to address domestic violence and sexual assault in our community.
Safety planning is one of the first concerns for anyone impacted by domestic abuse or sexual assault. Our program can help clients develop a safety plan. In a domestic abuse situation, whether an individual chooses to remain with their abusive partner or to separate, a safety plan is important. Safety is also crucial for those recovering from a sexual assault either from a stranger or from someone they know.
Hospital Accompaniment (Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault)
When a caller makes a report soon after the assault has occurred, VIP staff can coordinate hospital accompaniment and advocacy. The VIP staff can meet the survivor at the Inova Fairfax Hospital and make sure they are appropriately connected with the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) staff. The role of the staff or advocate is to provide support prior to, during and/or after the examination.
VIP staff can provide information on obtaining protective orders and working with the courts. VIP staff may assist a caller in connecting with a domestic violence shelter, or make other referrals.
Joint Child Protective and Violence Intervention
When appropriate, our staff is asked to work in connection with staff in the Child Protective Service unit. By working together we provide the most complete services possible to the family.
Outreach and Education for Adolescents and Adults
VIP is committed to preventing abuse from occurring. Our work on prevention includes providing programs to a broad range of adults and adolescents. We’re working to provide these programs in our schools and also respond to requests from the community. These prevention programs help individuals explore topics such as: defining the elements of both a healthy and an abusive relationship; discussing the differences between healthy sexuality and the use of force, coercion, and intimidation; examining the messages we receive from our environment and looking at how we can help one another and keep ourselves safe.
Training and Consultation for Allied Professionals
We offer consultation and training to allied professionals. Our goal is to provide professionals with additional support and information so that they may be as helpful as possible when they find themselves working with someone who has been victimized by abuse.