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LGBTQ Safe Zone

Doorways provides shelter and services to individuals and families in Arlington, Virginia, including women, men, youth, and LGBTQIA+ people.

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

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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:

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

Arlington's Domestic & Sexual Violence Programs

Not in Arlington? Please see alternative resources below.

24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline

You’re not alone. 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.

Court Advocacy

Walk-ins accepted at 1425 N. Courthouse Rd., Arlington, VA
Office hours 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Assistance and guidance on navigating the civil legal system (protective orders, child custody and support) in order to help families and survivors of abuse be more protected. Learn more.

Protective Orders

A protective order is a legal document signed by the courts and enforced by police to increase safety and add protections. Download this FAQ on getting a protective order in Arlington to learn more.

Additional Support

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

Local Resources

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.


Safe Zone

Doorways is committed to creating an environment that provides culturally competent and inclusive services that are non-stigmatizing to all clients regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sex, gender and gender identity or expression, religion, national origin, age, or disability, as well as to others from diverse backgrounds.

  • We welcome and serve all clients who access services, including clients of all sexual orientations, including, but not limited to, those who identify as heterosexual, gay, lesbian, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, and questioning, as well as gender-conforming, gender non-conforming, nonbinary, transgender, and transitioning individuals.
  • We respect your identity/ies, name and pronouns.
  • We welcome staff, board members, volunteers and clients irrespective of race, sexual orientation, sex, gender and gender identity (or expression), religion, national origin, age, or disability, as well as others from diverse backgrounds. Many of our staff identify as LGBTQIA+.

How we’re making our space safer

  • All staff and volunteers complete 40+ hours of Doorways core training that includes curriculum focused on working with LGBTQIA+ survivors.
  • We have updated intake forms and other documents to be open-ended for gender identification and (preferred) pronouns.
  • New literature and brochures include the safe zone symbol to help improve access to our services for those who identify as LGBTQIA+.
  • We have incorporated more inclusive language in our assessments.
  • We seek ongoing feedback from our clients to continue to improve our programs and services.
  • We continue to engage in improving practices that are inclusive and welcoming of all victims. Staff attend ongoing trainings to learn and to help us continue to improve our response to those who identify as LGBTQIA+.