When a woman is in an abusive relationship, it can be a matter of life or death: more than half of the homicides in Fairfax County are related to domestic violence – a statistic that exceeds both national and state averages. That’s why Bethany House is so critical. Through a crisis intervention helpline and extensive community outreach, BHNV ensures that women and children know where to turn for advice and shelter. For families who find themselves homeless as a result of domestic violence, BHNV operates two emergency shelters and offers supportive services that help them work toward independence – including counseling to help them heal from trauma, regain stability in their lives, and prevent future abuse. When women are ready to move forward, they do so with a personalized plan for employment, transportation, housing, and day care, plus two years of continued support from BHNV. For the past 35 years, BHNV has worked to break the cycles of abuse and violence and to ensure that those in need will always have a home in Northern Virginia.

Headquarters: VA-City of Alexandria

Where They Operate: VA-Fairfax County; VA-City of Alexandria

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Awards & Recognition

In 1999, the Fairfax County Department of Human Services presented BHNV an award for meritorious service to the residents of Northern Virginia.
In December 2003, the Springfield Chamber of Commerce awarded BHNV the “Herb Hunter Citizen of the Year Award” for its devoted service to the victims of domestic violence.
With minimal county, state, and/or public support, BHNV has developed and delivers a comprehensive social service support program designed solely to meet the needs of individuals victimized by domestic violence in Fairfax County.
In December 2009, BHNV was featured on Cox Local Edition on CNN Headline News.


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