• LAWS 24-Hour Crisis Hotline

    703-777-6552

    TTY: 703-777-6552

    LAWS operates a 24-hour domestic violence and sexual assault crisis hotline staffed by trained advocates and volunteers. Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, concerned persons in the community, advocates, professionals, law enforcement, courts, or any other person who needs information about domestic or sexual violence services and community resources can call.

    Advocates and trained volunteers are available to respond to all inquiries for information, safety planning, referrals, shelter and/or appropriate outside services. Calls can be made anonymously—you are free to only give information you feel comfortable sharing. If the caller needs interpretation services, language line interpretation services are available in any language.

  • What is the process? What happens when I call?

    The callers first step to accessing LAWS’ services is to call our 24-Hour Crisis Hotline at 703-777-6552. An advocate will immediately answer the call and provide needed support as well as information about services and the next steps to keep the victim and their children safe. The advocate will work with the caller to assess what services might be needed or helpful. If shelter is requested, the advocate will explore our shelter options with the victim. If other services offered by LAWS are needed (such as counseling or legal services), the advocate will refer the victim to services available at the LAWS Community Services Center.

    At times when our advocates are on the line with another caller, our hotline calls may roll automatically to the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline.  We partner with the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline to ensure that all of our calls are answered immediately by a trained advocate, even if we cannot answer the call that moment.

    In the event you are calling for LAWS and the Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault hotline answers your call, simply explain that you are seeking LAWS’ services or shelter and they will connect you to one of our on-call advocates as soon as possible. If you are seeking shelter or help with a crisis and need help immediately, be sure to tell the advocate at the Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline this information so that they notify us immediately.

    In the event of a life threatening or medical emergency, ALWAYS call 911.

  • LAWS Emergency Shelter

    Calling the LAWS 24-Hour Crisis Hotline is the first step to accessing our emergency shelter. LAWS is the only emergency shelter in Loudoun County that is specifically for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who are fleeing abuse.  Our shelter is a small, single-family home in a confidential location.  The shelter can house up to 12 people.  There are three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining room, living room, laundry area, and playroom.  There is also a fenced in back yard for additional privacy and protection.  Residents at our shelter are provided bedding, toiletries, clothing and food.  All services are confidential and free. For families in need of shelter with pets, we coordinate pet shelter through a partnership with the Loudoun County Animal Shelter.  If you have concerns about your pet and needing shelter, please call our hotline and our advocates can tell you more about what options are available.

    While residents are in shelter, the following services are provided:

    • Safety planning
    • Advocacy and case management
    • Assistance with goal planning
    • Assistance with basic needs, including food, clothing, and toiletries
    • Information and referrals to community resources
    • Transportation assistance to appointments when needed
    • Access to all other services offered by LAWS, including counseling, support groups, children’s services, and legal assistance
    If you or someone you know may need shelter services, please call our hotline at 703-777-6552 to speak to one of our advocates.
  • Domestic Violence Services

    LAWS Domestic Violence Services provides comprehensive services to adult victims of domestic violence, emotional abuse, dating violence, and stalking.  All services are confidential and free of charge.  Services are provided at our Community Services Center.

    If you are seeking services for a child victim of domestic violence, please contact our Youth & Children’s Services.

    Services Provided:
    • Short-term crisis counseling
    • Domestic violence support groups
    • Court accompaniment
    • Safety planning
    • Information and referral to community resources
    • Assistance filing protective orders
    • Other advocacy and assistance as needed

    To schedule an appointment with an advocate or our domestic violence counselor, please call 703-771-7845.

    If you need to speak to someone immediately, please call the LAWS 24-hour hotline at 703-777-6552.

    Other information about domestic violence:

    What Is Domestic Violence?  Warning Signs and Red Flags

    Create a Safety Plan

    How to Help a Friend or Family Member

    How to file a Protective Order in Loudoun County

    Loudoun Domestic Abuse Response Team (DART)

    Reporting Domestic Violence to Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

  • Sexual Assault Services

    LAWS Sexual Assault Services provides comprehensive services to adults whose lives have been affected by sexual violence, including, sexual assault, rape, incest, sexual abuse, and sex trafficking. All services are confidential and free of charge.  Services are provided at our Community Services Center.

    If you are seeking services for a child victim of sexual violence, please contact our Youth & Children’s Services.

    Services Provided:

    • Short-term crisis counseling and support
    • Counseling and support for secondary victims (ie, family members of the sexual assault victim)
    • Sexual assault support groups
    • Court accompaniment
    • Accompaniment to forensic medical exams
    • Safety planning
    • Information and referral to community resources
    • Assistance filing protective orders
    • Other advocacy and assistance as needed

    To schedule an appointment with an advocate or our sexual assault counselor, please call 703-771-9020. If you need to speak to someone immediately, please call the LAWS 24-hour hotline at 703-777-6552.

    Other  valuable information about sexual assault:

    What is Sexual Violence?  Types of Sexual Assault

    Safety Planning and Sexual Assault

    What to Do if You’ve Been Sexually Assaulted

    How to Help a Friend or Loved One

    Reporting Sexual Assault to Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

    How to File a Protective Order in Loudoun County

  • LAWS Legal Services

    LAWS Legal Services provides legal consultation and representation to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking who need assistance obtaining a protective order or with other family law issues.  All services are confidential and free of charge.  Services are provided at our Community Services Center.

    Services Provided:

    • Consultation with an attorney
    • Legal representation for victims obtaining a Protective Order
    • Legal representation for victims in custody, divorce, child support & spousal support hearings
    • Assistance with filing charges against an abuser
    • Assistance with filing for Protective Orders
    • Court accompaniment by an advocate

    To schedule an appointment to meet with one of our staff attorneys, please call 703-771-3397.

    Other valuable information:

    Loudoun County Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court

    Protective Order Information–Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office

    Frequently Asked Questions–Filing a Protective Order in Loudoun County

    Family Abuse Protective Orders in Virginia — Video

    Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement

  • Youth & Children’s Services

    LAWS Youth & Children’s Services provides comprehensive services to child and adolescent victims of domestic violence (including witnessing domestic violence), sexual abuse, and teen dating violence.  All services are confidential and free of charge.  Services are provided at our Community Services Center.

    Services Provided:
    • Short-term crisis counseling
    • Parenting assistance and support to the non-offending parent
    • Crisis intervention
    • Domestic violence support groups for youth
    • Sexual abuse support groups for youth
    • Court accompaniment
    • Safety planning
    • Information and referral to community resources
    • Supervised visitation services
    • Other advocacy and assistance as needed

    To schedule an appointment with our Youth & Children’s Services Program Manager and Counselor, please call 703-771-3973. If you have been referred to LAWS for Supervised Visitation Services, please call 703-771-3973.

     NOTE: If you know or suspect that a child is being abused, please report your concerns to Loudoun County Child Protective Services at 703-771-5437.

    Other valuable information about children and domestic/sexual violence:

    Children and Domestic Violence

    Children and Sexual Abuse

    How to Support a Child or Teen Victim of Domestic Violence:  Resources for Families

    Caring for Kids: What Parents Need to Know about Sexual Abuse

  • Loudoun Nurturing Parenting Program

    The Loudoun Nurturing Parenting Program is a series of parenting classes and are available to any parent or family in the Loudoun community. Classes and materials are provided free of charge.

    Available Classes

    The Nurturing Parenting Program classes are offered in age-specific groups in order to address the developmental stage of children’s lives.  Classes are offered for parents of children ages newborn to five years old, parents of children ages 4-12, and parents of adolescents ages 10-13. Some classes are offered in Spanish.  Classes are typically six to eight weeks long.

    How do I sign up for a class?

    To register for classes download and complete the application below, and return to the Loudoun Nurturing Parenting Program, 105 East Market Street, Leesburg, VA 20176.  Completed applications can also be faxed to 703-771-7865 (attention Nurturing Program) or emailed to nurturing.program@lcsj.org.  Once your application is received, our staff will contact you about the next steps.

    If you have questions about the Nurturing Parenting Program, please call our Nurturing Parenting Program Coordinator at 703-771-3973 or email at nurturing.program@lcsj.org

    Application

    Nurturing Program Application

    Spanish Nurturing Parenting Program Application 

    Do parents and their children attend together?

    The courses are family-centered so parents and children attend classes together. While parents are learning skills and knowledge on how best to meet their children’s needs, their children are participating in social skill classes that mirror the parent curriculum. They learn strategies to recognize and respond in healthy ways to their emotions; understand that they have the personal power to make good choices; and develop refusal skills and confidence in dealing assertively with threats to their personal safety. An evening meal is provided for some classes and families eat together.

    Where and when are classes held?

    Classes are held at the LAWS Community Services Center located at 105 East Market Street, Leesburg,  VA 20176. Please see the Nurturing Program 2015-2016 master calendar for upcoming class dates.

  • LAWS Bilingual Services (Spanish)

    LAWS offers services provided by staff bilingual in English and Spanish to assist Spanish-speaking victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. LAWS Bilingual Services offers the following assistance:
    • Short-term crisis counseling
    • Support groups
    • Court accompaniment
    • Safety planning
    • Information and referral to community resources
    • Assistance filing protective orders
    • Language accommodation and interpretation to access other agency services
    • Other advocacy and assistance as needed
    Note: In addition to services provided directly in Spanish, LAWS can accommodate requests for service in any language through our language line interpretation services. To schedule an appointment with our Bilingual Advocate, or to schedule an appointment for counseling with our Spanish-speaking Counselor, please call 703-443-2810. If you need to speak to someone immediately, please call the LAWS 24-hour hotline at 703-777-6552.
  • Teen Violence Prevention Program

    Part of our mission at LAWS is to work towards the elimination and prevention of domestic and sexual violence in our community. The LAWS Teen Violence Prevention Program works directly with adolescents in Loudoun County to implement violence prevention programming. Program activities include educating teens about healthy relationships, dating violence warning signs, dynamics of domestic and sexual violence, and bystander awareness. We use a variety of curriculum-based programs, presentations, and peer education activities to teach teens how to prevent domestic and sexual violence.  The Teen Violence Prevention Program collaborates with a number of community partners to provide our programming with youth in a variety of settings. Some of our partners include:
    • Loudoun County Public Schools
    • Loudoun County Department of Family Services
    • Loudoun County Mental Health, Substance Abuse, & Developmental Services
    • Loudoun County Parks, Recreation, and Community Services
    • Local private schools and community groups.
    If you have questions regarding our Teen Violence Prevention Program, please contact our Program Manager at 703-771-4265. Valuable resources for teens Break the Cycle Love is Respect
  • Community Outreach

    LAWS offers outreach services to provide information and education about domestic and sexual violence to the Loudoun community. Our Community Outreach Coordinator offers trainings and presentations to groups in our community, including civic groups, places of employment, faith congregations, first responders, medical and mental health providers, and much more. Training and presentation topics offered include: dynamics of domestic and sexual violence; identifying warning signs of abuse; local resources for domestic and sexual violence victims; and how to help a victim of domestic and sexual violence.

    If you are interested in scheduling a training or presentation, please call 703-771-4265 to speak to our Community Outreach Coordinator

  • Loudoun Child Advocacy Center

    The Loudoun Child Advocacy Center (CAC), a program of LAWS, is a public/private partnership among Loudoun County agencies and organizations dedicated to child victims of abuse and/or neglect.  It is the mission of the Loudoun CAC to support the continued development and implementation of a child-centered approach when investigating cases of child abuse and neglect. The goals of the Loudoun CAC, which are similar to the national CAC model, include:
    • To provide a child-friendly, safe and neutral location in which law enforcement and child protective services may conduct child interviews;
    • To minimize the number of interviews the child is involved in by bringing all disciplines together and sharing information more efficiently;
    • To enhance communication and collaboration among all agencies involved;
    • To provide the child and non-offending family members referrals to other supportive services; and
    • To enhance the current system to enable an increase in the number of successful prosecutions of child physical and sexual abuse cases.
    To learn more about the Loudoun Child Advocacy Center please go to www.loudouncac.org If you are seeking counseling or other services for a child victim of domestic violence or sexual abuse, please contact LAWS Youth & Children’s Services. If you know of or suspect possible child abuse, please report your concerns to Loudoun County Child Protective Services at 703-771-5437.
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