VIP staff provide crisis intervention, supportive counseling, and 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 703 228-1200 and ask to speak with a VIP staff member.
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 listen to, and talk with, individuals who are being impacted by these issues. Our hotline is answered by an operator who will either connect the caller directly with a hotline worker or will tell the caller that a hotline worker will call them back within five minutes.
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 (703 228-1200) and ask to speak with the VIP staff
Crisis Intervention 703 228-4848 (hotline)
703 228-1200 (office)
Often crisis intervention is the first resource for individuals impacted by domestic violence and/or sexual assault, including family memebers. Our program can help both the victim 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.
Counseling for Victims/Survivors (English and Spanish) 703 228-1200 (office)
Arlington VIP provides culturally competent counseling services.
We offer counseling in both English and Spanish and provide individual and group counseling. For any other language VIP utilizes the support of a designated language line to facilitate translations.
All counseling is free and confidential.
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 seeking services or referred by the criminal justice system. 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 court/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.
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:
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
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.