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Support for Survivors of Domestic Violence

LGBTQ Safe ZoneDoorways’ Domestic & Sexual Violence Programs, fully accredited by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance, provide more than shelter from violence. We offer a spectrum of life-saving, supportive and educational services to help survivors and families overcome domestic violence, sexual assault and other forms of interpersonal violence.

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

Addressing Intimate Partner Violence in Northern Virginia

clothesDoorways Domestic Violence Safehouse, Safe Kennel and Safe Apartments

A confidential home for adults and children who are in imminent danger from an intimate partner. Please note that shelter beds are prioritized for Arlington, VA residents.

Arlington’s 24-Hour Domestic & Sexual Violence Hotline: 703-237-0881

Trained staff and volunteers provide crisis intervention, safety planning, support, counseling and immediate assistance for abuse survivors. The hotline also serves as a community resource for families, friends and service providers. Not in Arlington? Please see alternative resources here.

Revive Domestic & Sexual Violence Counseling Program

Doorways’ Revive Domestic & Sexual Violence Counseling Program supports survivors seeking services due to domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence and/or stalking, including adults, youth and children. Through Revive, Doorways offers trauma-informed short-term counseling tailored to your needs to support you in your healing process.

Court Advocacy Program

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.

Hospital Accompaniment 

Doorways offers survivors accompaniment at the hospital if the survivor chooses to seek medical care. This service can be accessed through Doorways’ 24-hour hotline at 703-237-0881.

HomeStart Supportive Housing Program 

The HomeStart Supportive Housing Program prevents at-risk families from becoming homeless and provide next-step housing and support to families leaving shelter. We provides rental subsidies and supportive services to move families toward permanent housing stability every year.

Domestic Violence: The Issue

Domestic violence comes in many forms and impacts our entire community. It isolates survivors and victims from social and financial help, often leaving them to choose between returning to their abuser or becoming homeless. It’s not only the people experiencing the abuse who feel its impact: their children, friends, family and co-workers are all affected as well. Learn more about domestic violence.

How to Be Supportive

We all will have an opportunity in our lives to help someone living with violence. Learn what you can do be a resource.

Community Education and Advocacy

Project PEACE (Partnership to End Abuse in the Community for Everyone)

We are proud to provide leadership in Project PEACE, Arlington’s coordinated community response to domestic violence. This best practice approach unites over 25 public and private entities under a comprehensive vision and strategic course designed to prevent domestic violence and protect those affected. Learn more about Doorways’ efforts in the community.

Domestic Violence Awareness Month

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Join us to celebrate safety. Find out how you can participate in our events throughout the community.

Stories of New Hope

The women and families we see are compelling examples of resilience, determination and love. While we may give them a companion by their side during a difficult time, we receive a source of inspiration in return.

Read their stories