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How to File for Divorce in Maryland, Virginia, and DC
How to File for Divorce
in Maryland, Virginia,
and DC



Is It Love or Is It Addiction
Is It Love or
Is It Addiction?



The Verbally Abusive Relationship: How to Recognize it and How to Respond
The Verbally Abusive
Relationship: How to
Recognize it and
How to Respond



Angry Men And The Women Who Love Them: Breaking The Cycle Of Physical And Emotional Abuse
Angry Men And The
Women Who Love
Them: Breaking The
Cycle Of Physical
And Emotional Abuse



Controlling People: How to Recognize, Understand, and Deal With People Who Try to Control You
Controlling People:
How to Recognize,
Understand, and Deal
With People Who
Try to Control You



Emotional Blackmail: When the People in Your Life Use Fear, Obligation, and Guilt to Manipulate You
Emotional Blackmail:
When the People in
Your Life Use Fear,
Obligation, and Guilt
to Manipulate You



The Emotionally Abused Woman : Overcoming Destructive Patterns and Reclaiming Yourself
The Emotionally
Abused Woman:
Overcoming Destructive
Patterns and
Reclaiming Yourself



Family and Friends' Guide to Domestic Violence: How to Listen, Talk and Take Action When Someone You Care About is Being Abused
Family and Friends' Guide
to Domestic Violence: How
to Listen, Talk and Take
Action When Someone You
Care About is Being Abused



Why Does He Do That: Inside the Minds of Angry and Controlling Men
Why Does He Do That:
Inside the Minds of Angry
and Controlling Men



Healing the Trauma of Domestic Violence
Healing the Trauma
of Domestic Violence



All You Need is Love, and Other Lies About Marriage
All You Need is Love,
and Other Lies About Marriage



Women, Sex and Addiction
Women, Sex
and Addiction



It's My Life Now : Starting Over After an Abusive Relationship or Domestic Violence
It's My Life Now: Starting
Over After an Abusive
Relationship or
Domestic Violence



Domestic Violence Survival Guide
Domestic Violence
Survival Guide






The Abusive Personality: Violence and Control in Intimate Relationships
The Abusive Personality:
Violence and Control in
Intimate Relationships



When Loves Goes Wrong
When Love
Goes Wrong



I hate You, Don't Leave Me
I Hate You, Don't Leave Me:
Understanding the
Borderline Personality



Doormats And Control Freaks: How to Recognize, Heal or End Codependent Relationships
Doormats And Control Freaks: How to Recognize, Heal or End Codependent Relationships

VIRGINIA: Domestic Violence Resources



MY ABUSER HAS A GUN

If you have a current Protection From Abuse Order (PFA) from a court against your abuser, or if your abuser has been convicted of a felony or domestic violence misdemeanor, then Federal law states that it is illegal for your abuser to buy or have a gun in their possession.

You MUST ASK THE JUDGE to specifically write in your order that the abuser cannot buy or have a gun while the order is in effect and to require that your abuser to give any guns to the police, or require the police to go to the abuser's house and get them. The guns then go to either the county sheriff or court clerk of stolen property. The district attorney in the county where the gun(s) was taken away can then file to have them destroyed.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the domestic violence agency in your area immediately.

Address Confidentiality Program

§ 2.2-515.2. The Address Confidentiality Program protects victims of domestic violence by authorizing the use of a designated, confidential address for such victims in lieu of their physical address. An individual who is at least 18 years of age, a parent or guardian acting on behalf of a minor, a guardian acting on behalf of an incapacitated person, or an emancipated minor may apply to the Office of the Attorney General to have an address designated by the Office of the Attorney General as the applicant's address for mail and service of process.

As of July 1, 2008, the Program is limited in its application to theCounties of Albemarle, Arlington, Augusta, Dickenson, Fairfax, Henry, Lee, Rockbridge, Russell, Scott, Washington, and Wise, and the Cities of Buena Vista, Charlottesville, Lexington, Martinsville, Norfolk, and Roanoke.

Virginia Domestic Violence Advocates & Support Contacts
LocationProgramPhone
STATEWIDE Virginians Against Domestic Violence
Dept. of Corrections Victim Services
Dept. of Criminal Justice Victim Services
Attroney General Victim Notification
Virginia Crime Victim Assistance Line
800-838-VADV
800-560-4292
804-786-4000
800-370-0459
888-887-3418

Accomack County Eastern Shore Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Peninsula Legal Aid Center (Belle Haven)
Peninsula Legal Aid Center (Hampton)
877-787-1329
757-442-3014
757-827-2912

Albemarle County Commonwealth Catholic Charities (Richmond)
Piedmont Legal Services
Shelter for Help in Emergency (Charlottesville)
804-285-5900
800-390-9983
434-963-8509

Alexandria Center for Multicultural Human Services
Domestic Violence Program
Legal Aid of Northern Virginia
Legal Aid of Northern Virginia (Fairfax)
703-533-3302
703-838-4911
703-684-5566
703-246-4500

Allegheny County Safehome Systems
TAP Women's Resource Center (Roanoke)
540-965-3237
540-345-6781

Amelia County Madeline's House (Farmville)
Virginia Legal Aid Society
888-819-2926
434-392-8108

Amherst County Commission Against DV (Amherst)
Virginia Legal Aid Society (Lynchburg)
YWCA Women in Crisis (Lynchburg)
800-838-8238
888-846-8528
434-528-1041

Appomattox County Virginia Legal Aid Society
YWCA Women in Crisis
888-846-8528
434-528-1041

Arlington County Community Temporary Shelter (TACTS)
Bethany House for Battered Spouses (Falls Church)
Center for Multicultural Human Services
Legal Aid Society/Northern Virginia (Falls Church)
Legal Aid Society/Northern Virginia (Fairfax)
Violence Intervention Program
703-237-0881
703-658-9500
703-533-3302
703-228-1550
703-246-4500
703-532-3733

Augusta County Blue Ridge Legal Services (Harrisonburg)
New Directions Center (Staunton)
800-237-0141
800-564-2836

Bath County Piedmont Legal Services (Lexington)
Safehome Systems (Covington)
540-463-7334
540-965-3237

Bedford County Domestic Violence Services
Family Services of Roanoke
Legal Aid Society of Roanoke
Salvation Army Turning Point
YWCA Domestic Violence Prevention
540-587-0970
540-563-5316
540-344-2088
540-345-0400
434-528-1041

Bland County Blue Ridge Counseling (Marion)
Family Resource Center
276-783-9040
800-613-6145

Botetourt County Council of Community Services
Family Services of Roanoke Valley
Salvation Army Turning Point
TAP Women's Resource Center
540-985-0131
540-563-5316
540-345-0400
540-345-6781

Brunswick County Family Violence Prevention
Madeline's House/Southside Violence Prevention
Virginia Legal Aid Society
434-348-0100
888-819-2926
800-634-5172

Buchanan County Client Centered Legal Services
Family Crisis Support Services
Hope House
People, Inc. Domestic Violence Program
800-234-2257
800-572-7240
888-250-4325
877-697-9444

Buckingham County Virginia Legal Aid
Madeline's House/Center for Violence Prevention
800-552-7676
888-819-2926

Buena Vista Project Horizon 540-463-2594

Campbell County Virginia Legal Aid Society Lynchburg
YWCA Domestic Violence
434-846-1326
434-528-1041

Caroline County Rappahannock Council On Domestic Violence
Rappahannock Legal Services Fredericksburg
540-373-9373
540-371-1105

Carroll County Blue Ridge Counseling
Family Resource Center
276-783-9040
800-613-6145

Charles City County Commonwealth Catholic Charities
Project Hope at Quin Rivers
804-285-5900
877-966-4357

Charlotte County Madeline's House
Virginia Legal Aid
888-819-2926
800-552-7676

Charlottesville Controlling Family Violence/Mary Ainsworth Clinic
Piedmont Legal Services
Shelter for Help in Emergency
434-982-6387
800-390-9983
434-293-8509

Chesterfield County YWCA Women's Advocacy 804-643-0888

Clarke County Blue Ridge Legal Services
Shelter for Abused Women
800-678-5021
866-670-2942

Craig County TAP Women's Resource Center 800-915-8164

Culpeper County Services to Abused Families 540-825-8876

Cumberland County Madeline's House 888-819-2926

Danville Domestic Violence Emergency Services 888-403-6837

Dickenson County Family Crisis Support Services 800-572-2278

Dinwiddie County Madeline's House/Center for Violence Prevention 888-819-2926

Essex County The Haven Shelter & Services 800-224-2836

Fairfax County Bethany House
Domestic Abuse Program
703-658-9500
703-435-4940

Falls Church Bethany House
Domestic Abuse Program
703-658-9500
703-435-4940

Fauquier County Services to Abused Families 540-825-8876

Floyd County Women's Resource Center New River 540-639-9592

Fluvanna County Shelter for Help in Emergency 434-293-8509

Franklin City The Genieve Shelter 757-925-4365

Franklin County Family Resource Center 540-483-1234

Frederick County Blue Ridge Legal Services
Shelter for Abused Women
800-678-5021
866-670-2942

Fredericksburg Council on Domestic Violence 540-373-9373

Giles County Women's Resource Center New River 540-639-9592

Gloucester County The Laurel Shelter 804-694-5552

Goochland County YWCA Women's Advocacy 804-643-0888

Grayson County Family Resource Center 800-613-6145

Greene County Shelter for Help in Emergency 434-293-8509

Halifax County Domestic Violence Emergency Services
Madeline's House
888-403-6837
888-819-2926

Hampton Transitions Family Violence Services 757-723-7774

Hanover County Safe Place
YWCA Women's Advocacy
804-752-2702
804-643-0888

Henrico County YWCA Women's Advocacy 804-643-0888

Henry City County Citizens Against Family Violence 276-632-8701

Highland County Blue Ridge Legal Services
New Directions Center
540-433-1830
800-564-2836

Isle of Wright County The Genieve Shelter 757-925-4365

James City County Avalon Center for Women & Children 757-258-5051

King & Queen County Project Hope at Quin River 877-966-4357

King George County Rappahannock Council On Domestic Violence 540-373-9373

King William County Project Hope at Quin River 877-966-4357

Lee County Family Crisis Support Services 800-572-2278

Lexington Project Horizon
TAP Women's Resource Center
540-463-2594
540-345-6781

Louden County Women's Shelter 703-777-6552
Louisa County Shelter for Help in Emergency 434-293-8509

Lunenburg County Domestic Violence Emergency Services
Madeline's House
888-403-6837
888-819-2926

Lynchburg DV Prevention Center 434-528-1041

Madison County Services to Abused Families 540-825-8876

Martinsville Citizens Against Family Violence 276-632-8701

Mecklenburg County Domestic Violence Emergency Services
Madeline's House/Violence Prevention
888-403-6837
888-819-2926

Montgomery County Women's Resource Center New River 540-639-9592

Nelson County Shelter for Help in Emergency 434-293-8509

New Kent County Project Hope at Quin River 877-966-4357

Newport News Transitions Family Violence Services 757-723-7774

Norfolk Samaritan House
YWCA Women in Crisis Program
757-430-2120
757-625-5570

Northampton County Eastern Shore Coalition Against DV 877-787-1329

Nottoway County Madeline's House 888-819-2926

Orange County Services to Abused Families 540-825-8876

Page County Blue Ridge Legal Services
Council on Domestic Violence
540-433-1830
540-743-4414

Patrick County Citizens Against Family Violence 276-632-8701

Pittsylvania County Domestic Violence Emergency Services 888-403-6837

Portsmouth Help & Emergency Response
Samaritan House
757-483-3384
757-430-2120

Powhatan County Madeline's House
Powhatan County DV Program/Services
YWCA Women's Advocacy
888-819-2926
804-598-5630
804-643-0888

Prince Edward County Madeline's House/Center for Violence Prevention 888-819-1076

Prince William County ACTS/turning Points 703-221-4460

Pulaski County Women's Resource Center New River 540-639-9592

Rappahannock County Services to Abused Families 540-825-8876

Richmond Women's Advocacy Program 804-643-0888

Richmond County The Haven Shelter & Services 800-224-2836

Roanoke Blue Ridge Legal Services
Salvation Army Turning Point
Women's Resource Center/TAP
540-344-2080
540-345-0400
800-915-8164

Rockbridge County Project Horizon
TAP Women's Resource Center
540-463-2594
800-915-8164

Rockingham County Blue Ridge Legal Services
First Step
540-433-1830
540-434-0295

Rocky Mount Family Resource Center 540-483-1234

Russell County Family Crisis Support Services
People, Inc. Domestic Violence Program
800-572-2278
877-697-9444

Shennadoah County Blue Ridge Legal Services
Response
800-678-5021
540-459-5161

Smyth County Family Resource Center 800-613-6145

Southampton County The Genieve Shelter 757-925-4365

Spotsylvania County Rappahannock Council On Domestic Violence 540-373-9373

Stafford County Rappahannock Council On Domestic Violence 540-373-9373

Staunton New Directions Center 800-564-2836

Suffolk The Genieve Shelter 757-925-4365

Surry County The Genieve Shelter 757-925-4365

Tazwell County Family Crisis Services 800-390-9484

Virginia Beach Samaritan House
YWCA Women in Crisis
757-430-2120
757-625-5570

Warren County Blue Ridge Legal Services
Council on Domestic Violence
800-678-5021
540-635-9194

Washington County Abuse Alternatives 800-987-9093

Williamsburg City County Center for Women & Children 757-258-5051

Winchester Shelter for Abused Women 866-670-2942

Wise County Family Crisis Support Services 800-572-2278

Wythe County Family Resource Center 800-613-6145

York County Avalon Center for Women & Children
Transitions Family Violence Services
757-258-5051
757-722-2261






When Dad Hurts Mom: Helping Your Children Heal the Wounds of Witnessing Abuse
When Dad Hurts Mom: Helping Your Children Heal the Wounds of Witnessing Abuse



Invisible Wounds: A Self-Help Guide for Women in Destructive Relationships
Invisible Wounds: Self-Help
Guide for Women in
Destructive Relationships



Safety for Stalking Victims: How to Save Your Privacy, Your Sanity, and Your Life
Safety for Stalking Victims:
How to Save Your Privacy,
Your Sanity, and Your Life



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