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Doorways provides shelter and services to individuals and families in Arlington, Virginia.

LGBTQ Safe Zone

If you or someone you know is experiencing abuse in our community, call Arlington’s 24-hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline 703-237-0881 for information and support. Please call 911 if you are experiencing a life-threatening situation.

Not in Arlington? Please see alternative resources below.

Arlington's 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 counselingcourt advocacy or a listening ear and helping hand, give us a call to discuss your situation or that of a loved one.

About the hotline

*Please note that shelter beds are prioritized for Arlington, Virginia residents.

Not in Arlington?

National Resources

  • The National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233 / 800-787-3224 (TTY) /  Online chat
    Learn what to expect when you contact the national hotline. Additional information and online chat available at
  • National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 800-656-HOPE (4673) / Online chat
    When you call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), you’ll be routed to a local RAINN affiliate organization based on the first six digits of your phone number. Cell phone callers have the option to enter the ZIP code of their current location to more accurately locate the nearest sexual assault service provider. Learn more. You can also access 24/7 help online by visiting to chat.
  • loveisrespect: 866-331-9474 / TTY: 866-331-8453 / Text: loveis to 22522 / Online chat
    Highly-trained advocates offer support, information and advocacy to young people who have questions or concerns about their dating relationships. They also provide information and support to concerned friends and family members, teachers, counselors, service providers and members of law enforcement. Free and confidential phone, live chat and texting services are available 24/7/365.

Regional Resources

  • Virginia Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-838-4753
  • DC Victim Services 24-Hour Hotline: 844-443-5732
  • DC Citywide Sexual Assault Hotline: 202-333-RAPE
  • Maryland Domestic Violence Hotline/Resources: 800-MD-HELPS

Local Resources

Need Shelter?

Access to Doorways’ Freddie Mac Foundation Family Home* and other Arlington homeless shelters is provided through Arlington County’s Centralized Access System (CAS).

If you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless in our community:

  • Contact the Department of Human Services Community Assistance Bureau at 703-228-1300 for help if you or someone you know is homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
  • In case of shelter need during non-business hours, households should call 703-228-1010 for assistance.

*Please note that shelter beds are reserved for Arlington, Virginia residents.

How to Help a Friend

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.


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.