Herndon Welcomes A New Domestic Violence Action Center

In the past, the residents of the Fairfax County who were also victims of the domestic violence had to travel to the Historic Courthouse in Fairfax or the South County Human Services Building in Alexandria to talk with an advocate face-to-face. Thus, Fairfax County has opened a new Domestic Violence Action Center that will provide advocacy services in a location more convenient for North County residents.

Domestic Violence Action Center in Herndon

According to Fairfax County Times, “Located in the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center on Elden Street, the Domestic Violence Action Center North County celebrated its launch with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 21 and is officially open to clients as of 9:00 a.m. on Sept. 27. Like its counterparts in Fairfax and Alexandria, the DVAC in Herndon is staffed with victim advocates who provide short-term case management, crisis intervention and counseling, housing and emergency shelter information, and criminal and civil justice systems education, as well as referrals to other county and community resources. The North County action center is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays.”

Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust said, “A crucial component of assisting victims of domestic violence is providing easy access to the necessary resources that the county and others make available to them. In doing so, geography is key…Rather than making the trip and traveling to Alexandria or Fairfax, Herndon residents who need these services have it available in our own neighborhood, and that’s awesome.”

As per Fairfax County Times, “Fairfax County Domestic and Sexual Violence Services staff sees the North County DVAC as a step forward in their efforts to eliminate the stigma that victims and survivors often contend with when seeking help. Future domestic violence action centers will likely look more like the North County center than the Fairfax or Alexandria ones, integrated into the community with other services like medical care or legal assistance instead of being sectioned off in an imposing government building. County staff hopes to eventually move the Alexandria DVAC out of the South County Human Services Building and into a community setting akin to the Herndon Neighborhood Resource Center.”

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Maryam N. is a Senior Writer at Nesbitt Realty. She is an expert on Fairfax County. Maryam has also worked previously as a geologist. She is a foodie and enjoys cooking and exploring new restaurants.