Fairfax County Domestic Violence Community

Information for Domestic Violence Service Providers in Fairfax County, Virginia

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Announcements

Tier One and Tier Two Trainings

The next round of Tier One training will be held on February 28th, March 7th and March 14th.   Tier One is a 20-hour orientation training on the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and stalking, the criminal & civil justice systems that respond to those crimes, and available resources in our community.  Share the flyer with your new employees, volunteers, and any interested community members and have them register here.  

The next Tier Two training will be held on Thursday, February 12th from 9am – 12pm at the Government Center Conference Room 9/10.  Two of our community leaders, Kathleen Kelmelis and Susan Folwell, will present on the Use of Storytelling in our Work.   Click here for the flyer.  Register for this fun and unique presentation here

DVPPCC 2014 Annual Report

The Fairfax County Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy, and Coordinating Council (DVPPCC) has released its 2014 Annual Report. The report highlights the significant, coordinated efforts of our council member entities to prevent and respond to domestic violence and stalking over the past year as well as a snapshot of interventions and services provided in Fiscal Year 2014.  Download the entire report here.

Upcoming Meetings

  • The DV Network will next meet on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 10-12 at the Massey Building A Level Conference Room.
  • The DVPPCC (Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy, and Coordinating Council) will next meet on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 7:30am to 9:30am at the Massey A Level Conference Room.  

Announcements

Fairfax County continues to celebrate Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month:

  • Check out the DV Community wearing #Orange4Love on 2/10/15. 
  • All  are invited to the TDV Awareness Month Art & Media Contest Reception, held on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 4:30pm in the Government Center Conference Rooms 2/3. 
  • Check out this blog by the Gum Springs Computer Clubhouse. 

The Women’s Center is hiring a part-time (25-32 hours/week) Victim Advocate.  Please contact Allison Medina for more information and please send cover letter and resume to Human Resources Department: hr_dept@thewomenscenter.org.

The Office on Violence Against Women has several grant opportunities open: http://www.justice.gov/ovw/open-solicitations. 

The American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence is accepting applications for The Sharon Corbitt Award, to recognize exceptional service and leadership in improving the legal response to domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and/or stalking by a lawyer from any area of practice, including non-profit, private firm, government, corporate counsel, and the judiciary.

Doorways for Women and Families announced a 36% increase in emergency domestic violence shelter beds in Arlington thanks to their new scattered site project.  For more information, please contact Claudia Zaborsky. 

The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) will be conducting 18 to 24 on-site Trauma-informed Sexual Assault Investigation Training Programs to strengthen the capacity of law enforcement to provide effective response to victims of sexual assault. 

  • If you are interested in this training and would like to be notified when the application and training materials are available, please click here.
  • If you have any questions, please contact Aviva Kurash: kurash@theiacp.org or 1.800.the.IACP.

The Fathers in Touch Fatherhood program is hosting its first Spanish language class on Wednesday evenings at the James Lee Community Center in Falls Church from April 8 to June 24, 2015.  Dinner will be served at every session. 

  • The Fathers In Touch Fatherhood Program uses the 24/7 AM Dad curriculum which provides the around the clock support that every father needs.
  • To refer a father, please contact Calvin Robertson at 703-324-7144.  Fathers can self-refer by contacting Noelia Privado at 703-324-9449.

Trainings and Events

February 23, 2015:  The Josh Anderson Foundation is hosting a Teen-to-Teen Mental Health Summit at the Ernst Community Cultural Center (NOVA Annandale Campus) from 7:00pm-9:00pm.  Visit the link above for more information. 

February 23, 2015 & February 25, 2015: The Fairfax County Police Department is hosting a Women’s Self Defense Class from 6:00-9:00pm on both nights at the Criminal Justice Academy.  Click on the link above for more information. 

February 24, 2015: Aequitas is hosting a webinar entitled Technical Evidence in Stalking Prosecutions: Where to Get It and How to Get It In from 3:00– 4:30pm.  Click on the link above to register.   

February 24-26, 2015:  Advanced Issues in the Investigation and Prosecution of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence conference will be held in Atlanta, GA.  For more information, visit here. 

February 24-27, 2015:  Advanced Course on Strangulation Prevention will be held in Ft. Worth, TX.  Please visit here for more information and to register. 

February 25, 2105:  The Center for Court Innovation is hosting a webinar on Civil Legal Service Innovations in Domestic Violence Courts from 3:00-4:30pm.  Click on the link above to register.

February 27, 2015:  Celebrate the teens who entered the Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services’ Art & Media Contest at a reception starting at 4:30pm in the Government Center Conference Rooms 2/3.   

February 28, 2015: A No Fear in Love race to raise awareness of teen dating violence will be held at 6:30am.  Click on the link above for more information and to register.

February 28, 2105: Tier One training will be held on February 28th, March 7th and March 14th.   Tier One is a 20-hour orientation training on the dynamics of domestic and sexual violence and stalking, the criminal & civil justice systems that respond to those crimes, and available resources in our community.  Share the flyer with your new employees, volunteers, and any interested community members and have them register here.  

March 2, 2105: BWJP is hosting a webinar entitled Military Sexual Assault and Male Survivors from 3:00-4:30pm.  Click on the link above to register. 

March 4, 2015:  BWJP is hosting a webinar entitled Sexual Harassment in the Law Enforcement Workplace from 3:00-4:30pm.  Click on the link above to register. 

March 6, 2015: BWJP is hosting a webinar entitled Practice Assessment Guides to Improve Risk Assessment and Protection Order Procedures from 1:00-2:30pm.  Click on the link above to register. 

March 9, 2015: Henrico County is hosting training on Responding to Domestic and Sexual Violence in the Latino Community from 9:00am-3:00pm at the Henrico County Training Center (7701 E. Parham Road, Room 2029, Henrico, VA).  Registration is free and lunch is on your own.  To register, please email Melissa McMenemy at mmcmenemy@oag.state.va.us or call (804) 692-0592. 

March 19, 2015: BWJP is hosting a webinar entitled Surrender, Storage and Return of Firearms in CPO Cases: The Wisconsin Project from 3:00-4:30pm.  Click on the link above to register.

March 19-21, 2015: Futures without Violence is hosting a National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence in Washington DC.  For more information, visit here. 

March 24, 2015:  Save the Date for the Board of Supervisors’ Proclamations of both Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April) and National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (April 19-25, 2015).  Proclamations are heard at the start of the 9:30am meeting. 

March 27, 2015: "Making It Better Without Making It Worse" Trauma Workshop 8am-noon at Inova Fairfax Hospital. Register here by March 22.  Click here for the flyer.

March 31, 2015: BWJP is hosting a webinar entitled When Men Murder Women (UK femicide research) from 2:00-3:30pm. Click on the link above to register. 

April 1-2, 2015:  Domestic Violence Danger Assessment and Risk Management conference will be held in Nashville, TN.  Click on the link above for more information and to register. 

April 7-9, 2015: The EVAW International Conference will be held in New Orleans, LA.  Please visit here for more information and to register. 

April 9, 2015: Shelter House is hosting their Annual Benefit Breakfast from 7:30-9:00am at the Westwood Country Club to raise awareness of homelessness and domestic violence. Check out their website for more information. 

April 13-14, 2015: BWJP is hosting a conference on Protection Order Practice for Prosecutors and Law Enforcement in Philadelphia, PA.  Click on the link above to register. 

April 19, 2015:  The Victim Services Section of the Fairfax County Police Department will launch National Crime Victims’ Rights Week with the 3rd Annual 5K Walk/Candlelight Vigil from 4:30-7:00pm at Fairfax Corner.  More details and registration coming soon. 

April 21 – 23, 2015: The 15th Annual Family Justice Center Conference will be held in San Diego, CA.  Please visit here for more information and to register. 

April 22-23, 2015: Virginia’s Building Healthy Futures Conference will be held in Richmond. Click here for more information and to register.    

May 2, 2015: Bethany House of Northern Virginia is hosting its 4th Annual Garden of Light Celebration from 3:00pm-6:00pm at the Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield.  Click on the link above for tickets. 

May 7, 2015: Women Giving Back, a HomeAid Northern Virginia program, is hosting a Cinco de Mayo fundraiser from 6:00 – 9:30pm. Click here for more information.   

May 9, 2015: Fairfax County Public Schools is hosting the 2nd Annual Community Conversation on Teen Stress: Fostering Resiliency and Wellness at Hayfield Secondary School.  Click on the link above for more information.  

May 17-19, 2015:  The National Domestic Violence Fatality Review Initiative will host their 2015 Conference entitled Fatality Review: Communities and Social Change in St. Petersburg, FL.  Click on the link above for more information and to register.  

May 19, 2015: The Action Alliance is hosting a training entitled Building Domestic Violence Program Capacity to Address Reproductive and Sexual Coercion from 10:00am-4:00pm in Northern Virginia (location TBD).  Click on the link above to register.    

May 26-28, 2015:  The National Center on Protection Orders and Full Faith & Credit is hosting a National Training Institute on Protection Order Practice for Attorneys and Advocates in Washington DC.  More information coming soon. 

June 16-17, 2015: The Action Alliance is hosting their Biennial Retreat entitled Thrive-Revive-Balance: Strengthening Our Foundation for Advocacy & Compassion.  Click on the link above for more information and to register.