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Grant Gives Inova Fairfax Hospital 24/7 Care for Sexual Assault Victims

The Inova Ewing Forensic Assessment and Consultation Team (FACT)’s mission is to address the unique needs of children and adults who are abused. 

Grant enables hospital to provide care for survivors 24/7

“On Thursday, Inova Fairfax and local leaders celebrated a grant of more than $500,000 that has allowed the [FACT] unit to expand to a 24/7 operation,” NBC4 reports. “The grant funds four full-time and two part-time nurses.”

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“When patients walk through the door of a special secure unit at Inova Fairfax Hospital, it’s often the worst day of their life. It is where a special team of nurses treat survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and gather evidence. ‘It really depends on the type of assault and the person, but typically, it’s scary,’ Ariel Ward, a sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) said. ‘It can be very overwhelming.'”

How Doorways helps

Doorways is grateful to partner with Inova Fairfax to support survivors of sexual assault during what can be a very difficult time. Doorways’ specially trained Sexual Assault Response Advocates (SARA volunteers) provide accompaniment to survivors during SANE exams. Learn more hospital accompaniment.

Doorways Releases Newsletter and Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report

Doorways’ Campaign for Brighter Futures

A safe today, a stable tomorrow, and the brightest possible future

The past few years have been ones of dramatic increase, both in number of people reaching out for help and in the ways Doorways is helping. Our Campaign for Brighter Futures calls on all of us to step up like Doorways’ founders did years ago to meet our community’s needs. Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or are brand new to this community, you have a critical role to play in safeguarding our response to those in crisis.

Download our latest newsletter to learn more about the Campaign for Brighter Futures, client stories, how gift cards empower our clients, the Doorways Model, stakeholder spotlights, and much more:

Read our latest newsletter

Special thanks to Doorways Corporate Ambassador Mack Sumner Communications for their beautiful pro bono design of this newsletter and annual report.

Articles include:

  • Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report
  • The Power of Plastic: How gift cards empower our clients
  • The Doorways Model: Responding to crisis, providing safe housing and empowering stable lives
  • Services Matter: New research that validates a holistic approach to family homelessness
  • Client Journeys: Meet Daniel, Sasha and Monique
  • Meet Our Campain Co-Chairs
  • Plus more!

More than 10,000 Women’s March and inauguration attendees have donated their unused Metro cards

More than 10,000 Women’s March and inauguration attendees have donated their unused Metro cards

“Hundreds of thousands of people traveled to the nation’s capital last month for the inauguration and the Women’s March on Washington. In the weeks since they’ve left, more than 10,000 visitors have donated to local charities Metro SmarTrip cards that might have otherwise been discarded.”

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Helping People One Ride at a Time

“People are donating their fare cards to help low-income people get to and from work, school and doctor’s offices on Washington’s subway.”

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Arlington Magazine – Test of Time: Doorways for Women and Families

Despite Arlington’s affluence and prestige, there are still those facing homelessness or suffering abuse in our community. With the generosity of partners and supporters, Doorways helps vulnerable neighbors survive crisis, rebuild their lives and achieve brighter futures.

“We create pathways out of homelessness, domestic violence and sexual assault for people,” says Caroline Jones. “Getting people out of harm’s way is our first priority.”

The organization has been transforming lives since 1978, when the organization started with a single shelter. Today, Doorways offers many services and strategies to move people out of crisis and onto a path to long-term safety and stability. This includes operating Arlington County’s 24-Hour Domestic and Sexual Violence Hotline, two emergency shelters, supportive housing, and comprehensive services.”

Continue reading in the November-December 2016 issue of Arlington Magazine.

Doorways Website Wins Interactive Media Award Best in Class Distinction

matrix-group-logoSixth Matrix Group Project Wins Interactive Media Award Best in Class Distinction

Matrix Group, a digital agency in the Washington DC area specializing in web design, development, AMS, integration, branding, mobile and e-marketing services has received a sixth award from the 2016 Interactive Media Awards.

Receiving the Best in Class Award, the IMA’s top honor, was the Doorways for Women and Families website redesign. Read more.

Doorways kicks off three-year, $10 million funding campaign

by Scott McCaffrey, Staff Writer, Inside NOVA

Life happens, the saying goes, and some years ago, it happened to Alisa Thornton.

A single mother struggling to make ends meet even while working two jobs, Thornton and her children were facing eviction and the prospect of life on the street when they were connected with the staff of Doorways for Women and Families.

The result was a game-changer.

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Learn more about the Campaign for Brighter Futures.

Photos by Joyce N. Boghosian of Boghosian/Naltchayan Photography

For Decades, Domestic Violence Shelters Didn’t Always Accept Pets. Here’s Why That’s Changing.

Doorways’ President and CEO, Caroline Jones, spoke with Washingtonian Magazine about our Domestic Violence Safehouse and Kennel and the importance of providing pathways to safety for all family members escaping abuse, including pets.

“Caroline Jones, president of Arlington’s Doorways for Women and Families shelter, says her staff finds that for some people, being separated from pets during an emotionally volatile time is too much. Doorways is currently the Washington area’s only domestic-violence shelter that can house dogs, cats, and small pets such as turtles and hamsters.”

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Doorways Domestic Violence Safehouse and Kennel

In May 2009, Doorways became the only shelter in Virginia, and one of nine in the country, to offer safe shelter for women and their animals fleeing violence.

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2016 Pentagon Walk-A-Lap for a Survivor (Photo by Arthur Mondale, Pentagram)

Doorways for Women and Families Participates in “Walk-A-Lap for a Survivor” Event Hosted by the Pentagon

Pentagon hosts mass demonstration to combat sexual assault in the military, DoD

By Arthur Mondale, Pentagram Staff Writer

“There’s a special amount of energy dedicated to sexual assault during the month of April to promote sexual assault awareness—but really every day we do a lot of work—and there are plenty of opportunities throughout the year for people to either get involved or access support and services,” said Christa Carlton, Doorways for Women and Families Domestic and Sexual Violence Program Director, at the second annual Walk-A-Lap for a Survivor event hosted by the Pentagon.

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Doorways for Women and Families at 2016 Pentagon Walk-A-Lap for a Survivor (Photo by Arthur Mondale, Pentagram)
Photo by Arthur Mondale

“‘We’re here to educate people and dispel the myths surrounding sexual assaults, rape and the statistics on the prevalence of the problem,’ said Melanie Carlson, a rep with Doorways for Women and Families, who was dressed as a carnival sideshow host testing people’s sexual assault awareness with the ‘Wheel of Knowledge’ as they walked a lap for a sexual assault survivor. The underlying purpose of the game was to ensure people walked away more engaged and informed about sexual assault prevention and awareness.”

See more information about Doorways’ Sexual Assault Awareness Month events and activities, and learn more about Doorways’ critical response to survivors in our community. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter for more news and updates.

Women’s Foundation Awards $50,000 Grants to Doorways for Women and Families

Washington Area Women’s Foundation Awards $820,000 in Grants to DC-Area Nonprofits

Investments Fund Early Care and Education, Asset Building, Workforce Development and Job Training

Washington Area Women’s Foundation announced today grants totaling $820,000 to 22 local nonprofits dedicated to improving the economic security of low-income women and girls in the Washington metropolitan region. With this grant docket, Washington Area Women’s Foundation increases its grantmaking by 30 percent over last year’s investments. The Women’s Foundation is the only donor-supported, public foundation solely focused on improving the economic security of women and girls in the Washington region.

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