Services are provided through a contract with the Doorways for Women and Families Domestic and Sexual Violence Program, which is fully accredited by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. Through this program, professional counselors provide crisis intervention, supportive counseling, advocacy for victims/survivors and family members to ensure safety and recovery.
Free and confidential crisis support, information and referrals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through our 24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline at 703-237-0881. Whether you need emergency shelter, hospital accompaniment, in-person individual or group counseling, court advocacy or a listening ear and helping hand, give us a call to discuss your situation or that of a loved one.
Doorways provides shelter and services to individuals and families in Arlington, VA. If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in our community, call the hotline for information and support. Please call 911 if you are experiencing a life-threatening situation. Not in Arlington? Please contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 / 1-800-787-3224 (TTY) or visit www.thehotline.org to chat online.
Counseling for Victims/Survivors
All counseling is free and confidential. Clients receive on-going individual counseling in both English and Spanish. For any other language, counselors utilize 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.
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, staff can coordinate hospital accompaniment and advocacy. 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.
Staff can provide information on obtaining protective orders and working with the courts. Staff may assist a caller in connecting with a domestic violence shelter, or make other referrals.
Outreach and Education for Adolescents and Adults
We are 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.