October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month nationwide. Local governments around the county offer a variety of resources for victims of domestic violence and their families, including brochures and handbooks that can be downloaded from their Web sites.

Fairfax County offers a domestic violence handbook at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dsm/dviolence/dviolencehbook.htm. It is available in Arabic, Farsi, Vietnamese, Korean, Spanish, Urdu and English. The 24-page guide, created by the Network Against Family Abuse, includes a primer on domestic abuse, ways to get help and information on navigating the police and court systems.

Fairfax City also recently published a brochure on domestic violence, available at churches, beauty salons, grocery stores and the city's Web site, www.fairfaxva.gov/residents/communityrelations/domestic_violence.pdf.

Here are other local resources:

Crisis Intervention

* Fairfax County Women's Shelter 24-hour crisis line

703-435-4940

* Virginia Family Violence and Sexual Assault Hotline

800-838-8238

* Fairfax County Victim Assistance Network, 24-hour hotline

703-360-7273;

TTY 703-799-8253 weekdays only

* Fort Belvoir Family Advocacy

Program

(703) 805-0487

Translation and Immigrant Services

* Center for Multicultural Human

Services

703-533-3302

* Korean Community Service Center

703-354-6345

* Hispanic Committee of Virginia

703-671-5666, Ext. 0

Counseling and Conflict Resolution

* The Women's Center

703-281-2657

* Virginia Tech's Center for Family Services

703-538-8470

Legal Assistance

* Legal Services of Northern Virginia

703-246-4500

Abuser Services

* ADAPT: Anger and Domestic Abuse Prevention and Treatment

Woodburn-Annandale

703-207-7730

Mount Vernon-Alexandria

703-799-2723

Chantilly

703-481-4230

* Center for Multicultural Human

Services

703-533-3302

* Violence Intervention

Program

703-246-3033

Police

* Fairfax County Police, victim

services

703-246-2141; after 4:30 p.m.,

call 703-691-2131

* Fort Belvoir Military Police

703-805-1104