Call Doorways’ 24-hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline: (703) 237-0881
If you are experiencing a life-threatening situation
24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline
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.
Access to Emergency Shelter
Freddie Mac Foundation Family Home
Provides emergency shelter and assistance to women and families who are experiencing homelessness. Please note that shelter beds are prioritized for Arlington, VA residents.
Domestic Violence Safehouse
Provides emergency shelter and assistance to women, men and children fleeing imminent danger from a domestic violence situation. Please note that shelter beds are prioritized for Arlington, VA residents.
Access to Long-Term Housing
HomeStart Supportive Housing Program
Help a Friend
If you know someone who is in need of support, being hurt by or fearful of their partner, we encourage you to call Doorways’ 24-hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline at 703-237-0881.
How to Help a Friend Experiencing Abuse
As a friend, family member or co-worker of someone in an unhealthy or violent relationship, you may be the first person to recognize your loved one is not safe. There are many things you can do to maintain your relationship with them and assist them in building a safety net for them, their children and their pets. Here are a few suggestions.
How to Help a Friend Who’s Experienced Sexual Violence
When a friend, family member or coworker discloses that they have experienced sexual violence, including rape and sexual assault, you may be the first person with whom the survivor shares their story. The assault may have happened recently or long ago. Your reaction to their disclosure is critical. There are many things you can do to support the survivor and empower them in their healing process.