A newly opened domestic violence action center in Herndon will provide free advocacy services every Friday.
Fairfax County recently announced that the Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC) began offering services last Friday (Feb. 1) at the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center (1086 Elden Street), which is a collaborative effort between the county, Cornerstones and the Connections for Hope Partnership.
“A crucial component for engaging victims in services is access to the necessary resources available to them,” Kevin Ochs, the advocacy services supervisor for the Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services, said in a press release.
The services, which will include an onsite victim advocate who speaks English and Spanish, will be available every Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Some of the services DVAC offers are:
- Court Attire Program with a selection of clothing for court hearings and job interviews
- crisis intervention, emotional support and options counseling
- education about the criminal and civil justice systems
- emergency shelter
- housing information and referrals
- short-term case management
DVAC also has locations in Alexandria and Fairfax staffed by county agency and community nonprofit partners.
Locals’ heading to the DVAC location at the Historic Courthouse in Fairfax “presented challenges for victims of domestic and sexual violence and stalking, with safety being a prominent issue,” according to the county.
Now, people can walk-in, make appointments and also call the Herndon location.
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