VIP staff are professional counselors who provide crisis intervention, supportive counseling, advocacy for victims/survivors and family members to ensure safety and recovery. Our office is open Monday through Friday 8:30am to 5pm.
Please call (703) 228-5000 and ask to speak with a VIP staff member.
Counseling for Victims/Survivors (English and Spanish)
(703) 228-5000 (office)
Arlington VIP provides culturally competent counseling services.
We offer on-going individual counseling in both English and Spanish. For any other language, VIP utilizes the support of a designated language line to facilitate translations.
All counseling is free and confidential.
Our goal in working with victims of domestic violence is to provide information, support, and education to empower them to know their rights, to become experts in understanding the components of healthy vs. abusive relationships, to help them recover from their abusive relationship, and to enable them to live free of domestic violence. For survivors of sexual assault we strive to help them understand and cope with the trauma they have experienced so they can heal, recover, and move on with their life.
24-Hour Hotline: 703-228-4848
In addition to regular office hours, VIP provides a hotline for after hours staffed by professionals and trained volunteers. Our professional and volunteer staff is trained to provide advocacy, support and safety planning. Our hotline is answered by the Virginia Sexual and Domestic Violence Action Alliance. The Alliance staff will talk with the caller and when they feel that a local advocate is needed they will make a referral to our program. A hotline caller can request to be connected to our program.
Crisis Intervention (703) 228-4848 hotline
Often crisis intervention is the first resource for individuals and their family members impacted by domestic violence and/or sexual assault. Crisis intervention can include safety planning, hospital accompaniment, contacting law enforce. Our program can help the victim/ survivor of abuse as well as others who are concerned for this victim. We can provide this assistance through our 24-hour hotline or through services provided by our staff during business hours.
Safety planning is one of the first concerns for anyone impacted by domestic abuse or sexual assault. Our program can assist each hotline caller and client to develop a safety plan. In a domestic abuse situation, whether an individual chooses to remain with their abusive partner or to separate, a safety plan is quite important. Safety is also crucial for those recovering from a sexual assault either from a stranger or from someone they know.
Hospital Accompaniment (Domestic Violence or Sexual Assault)
When a caller makes a report soon after the assault has occurred, VIP staff can provide hospital accompaniment and advocacy. The VIP staff can meet the survivor at the Inova Fairfax Hospital and make sure they are appropriately connected with the SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) staff. The role of the staff or advocate is to provide support prior to, during and/or after the examination.
VIP staff can provide information on obtaining protective orders and working with the courts. We can also assist a caller in connecting with a domestic violence shelter, or make other referrals to assist them. We also contact all of the partners of those attending the batterers program to check on their safety and to let them know that we have services for them.
Counseling for Batterers (BIP)
The goal of the Batterer Intervention Program is to end violence and abuse in the families by providing a psycho educational group counseling for men and women who are referred by the criminal justice system or CPS. We help men and women learn new coping skills to change abusive patterns. Arlington County’s BIP program is certified by the state of Virginia.
The program consists of one Intake appointment and 18 group sessions. Counseling is confidential with the following exceptions; If court ordered you must sign a release of information to probation/attorney (referring agency). You are required to sign a release of information to your victim (Victims Rights). We are required to contact your victim to offer services and support. We do comply with DUTY TO WARN.
This agency is ethically and legally required to report to Child Protective Services in cases of suspected child abuse, including but not limited to sexual abuse, physical abuse, emotional abuse or verbal abuse. The appropriate authorities or potential victims will also be notified if you threaten your own life or someone else’s life.
The batterer intervention program is currently offered in English and Spanish. We have men’s groups and women’s group in both languages.
Arlington County uses a Sliding Fee Scale. As a result of participation in the BIP groups the group leader might find it necessary to refer clients to additional services i.e.: substance abuse, parenting classes.
Fully compliant participants will receive a Letter of Completion. Some treatment outcomes are:
Joint Child Protective and Violence Intervention
When appropriate, our staff is asked to work in connection with staff in the Child Protective Service unit. By working together we can provide the most complete services possible to the family.
Outreach and Education for Adolescents and Adults
VIP is committed to preventing abuse from occurring. Our work on prevention includes providing programs to a broad range of adults and adolescents. We are working to provide these programs in our schools and also respond to requests from the community. These prevention programs help individuals explore topics such as: defining the elements of both a healthy and an abusive relationship; discussing the differences between healthy sexuality and the use of force, coercion, and intimidation; examining the messages we receive from our environment and looking at how we can help one another and keep ourselves safe.
Training and Consultation for Allied Professionals
We offer consultation and training to allied professionals. Our goal is to provide professionals with the additional support and information so that they may be as helpful as possible when they find themselves working with someone who has been victimized by abuse.
Our services are augmented by a staff of trained volunteers. VIP provides extensive training and support to assist our volunteer staff. Anyone interested in information on our volunteer program should contact our main number (703-228-5000) and ask to speak with Maurice Hendrix.