Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Resources
Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline
1-800-838-8238 (Voice and TTY)
Provides support, referrals, information and advocacy for individuals experiencing family violence, their family members and friends and professionals who work with them. The HOTLINE is accessible 24 hours a day.
Project Hope at Thrive Virginia
Works to eliminate domestic and sexual violence in homes and communities; provides crisis intervention, court advocacy, hospital accompaniment, supportive counseling, safety enhancement, and children's counseling.
National Domestic Violence Hotline
Crisis intervention, information and referral to Domestic Violence programs for victims, concerned friends, family and the public. Bilingual staff and a language line are available to non-English speaking callers. Includes a database of more than 4,000 shelters/service providers.
Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) Office of Family Violence
VDSS is the state agency charged with coordination of Domestic Violence programs. Activities include: allocation of funding to support domestic violence programs, monitoring and evaluating domestic violence programs, and technical assistance to community-based domestic violence programs.
Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance
Richmond, VA 23230
The Action Alliance is a non-profit agency dedicated to raising awareness about sexual and domestic violence, increasing public access to resources and services, offering opportunities for professional development, and initiating legislative and policy change that will bring Virginia closer to its vision: a world free from sexual and domestic violence.
State Crime Commission Family Violence Project
910 Capitol Street, Suite 910
Richmond, VA 23219
Contact for information related to Virginia's current legislative or policy initiatives.
Department of Criminal Justice Services
805 E. Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23219
The Victims Services Section develops, coordinates and funds victim/witness programs, sexual assault crisis centers, rural domestic violence and child victimization programs, and programs that combat violence against women (V-STOP). The section offers many services, training, and resources to victim service providers, law enforcement officials, prosecutors and other local government officials.
Domestic Violence Shelters
A women's shelter (often alternatively called a woman's refuge or other, similar names) is a place of temporary refuge and support for women escaping violent or abusive situations, such as rape and domestic violence. The managers of many of these locations have often expanded their efforts to deal with related issues such as housing victimized children, both male and female, fleeing abuse as well as providing legal aid for domestic violence victims, among many other services.
Having the ability to leave a situation of violence is valuable for those who are under attack. Such situations frequently involve an imbalance of power that limits the victim's financial options. The most dangerous time for a domestic violence sufferer is on the point of exit. A person in a domestic violence situation should create an exit safety plan, to leave the situation in a safe manner.
If you need help or someone you know is experiencing or in some way involved in domestic violence please recognize that there are measures to take in order to prevent further harm. If you are a victim of violence we strongly urge you to devise a safety plan for a time of extreme emergency, and the following list of Domestic Shelters will be a great start for obtaining help and vital information.
The Laurel Shelter
James City County/Williamsburg
Haven Shelter and Services
For additional shelter resources, please visit the Divorce Source website.