The exact location of the shelter is being kept a secret to protect victims. It has 30 beds, bringing the total to 90 beds between Fairfax County's three shelters.
Virginia’s Fairfax County opened its third domestic violence shelter, specifically to serve the southern part of the county.
The new shelter, called Artemis House Region 1, opened in February and has almost 30 beds.
Its exact location is being kept confidential to protect victims, as are the addresses of the county’s two other shelters that serve its northern and central areas.
“We now have 90 beds that can be used as emergency shelters for victims of domestic violence as well as sexual violence, stalking and human trafficking,” said Fairfax County Executive Bryan Hill at a ceremonial ribbon cutting Monday.
The county held the ceremony off-site at the Mount Vernon Governmental Center in Alexandria.
One in four women is a victim of domestic violence. One in seven men also is a victim of domestic violence, Hill said.
“We want people to be empowered to take control of their lives and to make their lives what they want it to be and not what somebody else may think it should be,” said County Supervisor Dan Storck, who represents the Mount Vernon District.
A ceremonial ribbon-cutting was held tonight to mark the opening of Fairfax County’s third domestic violence shelter. It’s the first to serve the southern part of the county, and residents began moving in in February @WTOPpic.twitter.com/J8Ltpf3mk8