October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence is a serious and pervasive problem in our community. A 2013 annual report prepared for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Of the Domestic Violence Prevention, Policy and Coordinating Council found that Fairfax County Police receive nearly 1,000 domestic calls for service every month and average more than 160 related arrests. Even more alarming, more than 50% of homicides in Fairfax County are domestic violence related.
Throughout the Month of October, you can help Bethany House shine the light on domestic violence and raise awareness about this important issue. Here are a few easy ways you can help:
1. Make a donation in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Donate $31 for 31 days in the month of October here. Then tag 4 of your friends and challenge them to match your gift.
2. Follow Bethany House on Facebook and Twitter, to view and share our tips and information and help spread awareness.
3. Drop by the Domestic Violence Awareness Resource Fair on October 16th at Inova Fairfax Hospital and stop by the Bethany House table or volunteer to help staff the table and hand out brochures and information for an hour or two. Contact Jasmin Witcher to volunteer.
4. Attend our fundraiser at Malek’s Pizza in Springfield, VA on October 23rd. Come out to Malek’s between 4:00 pm and 9:00 pm and Bethany House will receive a percentage of all sales. Remember to bring the flyer to have your meal count! Proceeds raised from this event will help to provide shelter and supportive services to women and children served by Bethany House.
For more information, contact Jasmin Witcher or call 703-658-9500.
Bethany House is Hiring For an Executive Director!
Bethany House of Northern Virginia (BHNV) is a 35 year-old Christian, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to eliminating domestic violence one family at a time. BHNV provides temporary shelter to women and their children who are victims of domestic violence and provides programming to assist its clients to break the cycle of violence through active case management, counseling, home and job skills training, and spiritual care.
Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for the overall management and operation of BHNV and the stewardship of the organization’s mission and its physical, financial and human resources while ensuring compliance with Board directives and applicable grantor, federal and state requirements.
Masters-level or higher degree from an accredited school in Social Work, Human Services, Psychology, or Counseling.
Minimum 5 years’ experience in counseling, social work, or other human services or social services; experience and/or training in working with trauma victims a plus.
Minimum 3 years’ experience in staff and business management required; non-profit experience preferred.
Must have an active faith commitment and regularly attend a Christian church; commitment to Christian values of life required.
Must be a U.S. citizen.
Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience; range: $60,000-$70,000.
to see the full job description. Send inquiries or resume to Jobs@bhnv.org
Bethany House is growing! Support our Capital Campaign.
Each year, the number of women and children seeking refuge in our emergency shelters for domestic violence victims is growing. Last fiscal year, BHNV provided safe and confidential shelter to 47 families escaping abusive homes, an increase from 42 families in FY 12-13 and just 39 families in FY 11-12.
Unfortunately, due to space limitations, we are forced to turn away scores of vulnerable women and children in desperate need of safety and support. These victims often face the unthinkable choice of becoming homeless or returning to their abuser.
To address this growing and critical need for shelter and services, BHNV has initiated its Raise the Roof! Capital Campaign to renovate and expand its oldest emergency shelter. The renovation will nearly double our capacity to house victims of domestic violence and will ensure a safe and comfortable home for women to rebuild their lives. The expanded facility will allow us to better serve victims of domestic violence in Fairfax County – a community where 33% of homeless families are homeless due to domestic violence – and surrounding Northern Virginia and DC metro communities.
We hope you will support our Capital Campaign. Your gift will ensure that individuals affected by domestic abuse in our community receive the best possible services to heal and move forward with their lives.
To learn more visit Raise The Roof For Victims Of Domestic Violence or contact Development Director Jasmin Witcher at 703-658-9500.