Through the vision of Mrs. Doris Ward, Bethany House of Northern Virginia, Inc. was founded in 1979 in response to the unmet needs of victims of domestic violence. While working with families in the District of Columbia, Mrs. Ward became acutely aware of the growing crisis of domestic violence in the metropolitan area and was struck by the absence of independent agencies equipped to handle this problem.
Bethany House of Northern Virginia (BHNV) is a private, 501 (C) (3) non-profit organization sponsored by tax-deductible grants and donations from individuals, various congregations, community organizations, clubs, and businesses and has been an established ecumenical ministry for the past 25 years.
BHNV will provide family with primary support: Shelter Services with a home-like structure in which spouses and children can recover from deep emotional scars and gain life-skills needed for independent living.
BHNV will provide transitional support: Psychological Fellowship with spiritual connections, which facilitate inner healing and Biblical counseling services and Life-skills training.
BHNV will provide Follow-up Support services: Two-year follow-up services designed to assist in preventing the return to an abusive relationship.
Crossway Community, Inc. is an entrepreneurial, non-profit organization with a mission to promote learning, creativity, and community for all families. After renovating an abandoned school located on fourteen acres in Kensington, MD, Crossway Community, Inc. opened its doors in the summer of 1990. Since then, Crossway has offered a continuum of integrated educational and supportive services for families of all ethnic and economic backgrounds with a focus on outreach to low-income, at-risk families.
The DC Volunteer Lawyers Project is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide high-quality, free legal services to low-income District of Columbia residents in family law cases. Volunteer lawyers provide pro bono legal representation to survivors of domestic violence, children, and foster parents.
Founded in 2008 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the DCVLP addresses the urgent need for more pro bono family law lawyers by tapping into an unused resource: experienced lawyers who have left full-time legal practice and want to use their legal skills to help the community. The DCVLP recruits, trains and supports these volunteers so that they can help local families achieve stability and security in their lives.
DCVLP has grown to over a hundred volunteer lawyers and provided thousands of hours of pro bono legal services to low-income Washingtonians.
Safe Shores – The D.C. Children's Advocacy Center was formed as a result of Executive Order No. 94-3 issued by then-Mayor Sharon Pratt Kelly on January 10, 1994. This Order established a D.C. Working Group to initiate a Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) approach to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse cases and to create a District of Columbia Children's Advocacy Center. Initially formed under the auspices of Children's National Medical Center, the Center uncoupled from Children's in February 1995 when it obtained status as an independent non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Safe Shores - The D.C. Children's Advocacy Center is a direct service nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and working directly with child victims of sexual and physical abuse in the District of Columbia. Through its child-friendly facility and multidisciplinary team approach, Safe Shores coordinates the work of medical and mental health providers, social services professionals, victim advocates, law enforcement, and prosecution officials to reduce trauma and promote healing for child victims of abuse.
The DCCAC facility is designed to provide a warm and welcoming place where children and adolescents can feel safe and supported while waiting for forensic interviews, therapy, court appearances, or placement resolutions. The DCCAC is also designed to serve as a coordinating body for the MDT agencies listed above. The Center's staff facilitates cooperation and coordination among the MDT by providing statistical case tracking, bi-weekly team case reviews to coordinate the civil and criminal investigations, joint forensic interviews, trauma assessments, therapy, and pre-trial support for child victims. The staff also ensures that children receive supervision, meals, clean clothes, crisis intervention and other emergency victim services during the joint investigative process.
Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project provides victims with the continued support needed - often for years - to take a case through the appeallate process, in order to advance justice and achieve both system and perpetrator accountability. DV LEAP more specifically empowers victims and their advocates by providing expert representation for appeals in collaboration with pro bono partners - often from the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project. The pro bono counsel is educated and supported through in-depth consultation, mentoring and access to domestic violence experts and resources. DV LEAP educates and trains lawyers, judges, and others on cutting-edge issues crucial to effective advocacy. National and local domestic violence community's are made aware of significant cases through the organizations "friend of the court" briefs. DV LEAP supports law reform and policy initiatives in D.C. and nationally to further the rights of victims of domestic violence and provides consultaion and mentoring to lawyers and litigants in domestic violence cases around the country. By focusing on the more powerful level of our justice system, appellate courts, DV LEAP seeks to hold trial courts to the promise of fairness embodied in the law, and to create long-term and more fundamental change in the legal system.