Check our News and Events page for upcoming October Domestic Violence Awareness Month events and a new theatrical performance with a debut in Fredericksburg, Boil the Frog Slowly, a play highlighting the stories of local survivors of domestic violence, coming in November.CAP GAIN GOAL 2015 AD updated2


Let’s build this shelter! Please click to see our interview on NewsTalk 1230. For Beth (see Beth’s Story), the Empowerhouse domestic violence shelter, the only domestic violence shelter in the Fredericksburg area, played a pivotal role in keeping her and her children safe as she fled her abusive partner. Sadly, not all victims of domestic violence are able to escape to our emergency shelter due to a lack of space. In 2013, we were forced to turn away 56 households who requested a safe place to stay because we did not have room. The shelter was full when they needed it. Last year, we brought that number down to 26 households through our local community’s help; but we still were forced to turn away local people who needed us because we were full. It is not good enough. [Read more.]
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We are proud to announce The Walton Group of Companies as the Title Sponsor for the 7th Annual Empowerhouse Golf Tournament!

The Empowerhouse office has moved!
Our new location is 150 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.
(Our postal address remains P.O. Box 1007, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.)
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Every day, Empowerhouse- supporting survivors of domestic violence- provides free help to adults and their children. As an accredited domestic violence center, we do not charge for services. Thanks to the donations from our community, we are able to continue providing free services to anyone who needs them.

In 2014, Empowerhouse assisted over 2,800 adults and children in our community. Thanks to The Community Give -2015, we are ready to begin renovation of our new 10,000 foot building to expand, relocate and offer accessibility to all local survivors of domestic violence and their children who need shelter.

The new 24-hour domestic violence shelter will open in 2015, thanks to lead donors and all who assisted through The Community Give. We continue the campaign to furnish the new 15 bedroom facility with a commercial kitchen, laundry, job help center, playroom, and counseling corner through the 100 Men campaign.

Together, we are fulfilling the Empowerhouse mission to empower survivors of domestic violence and their children to believe in themselves and build new lives filled with dignity, respect, safety, and hope.

Each day we meet survivors of domestic violence who take steps to be safer and eliminate violence in their lives and the lives of their children. They are taking these steps despite great risk to their personal safety. They are encouraged when they enter our facilities and realize you have prepared for their arrival. Most are surprised that we are there; many have great humility and question whether someone else may be in greater need than they are; many are embarrassed and strive to overcome their fear of speaking about what is going on in their lives (and the fear of continued and real threats of violence). All are grateful for the hand up once engaged in the support you make possible.

You are making our vision a reality in Stafford, King George, Caroline, Spotsylvania, and Fredericksburg: creating a diverse network of community members working together to promote safe relationships, homes, and communities. Thank you for giving! Thank you for making things better with the power of your financial gift!


Please click and watch our 40-second video above.

Beth’s Story

Sunday, May 3rd, 1pm: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Healthcare providers have a unique opportunity to screen for Intimate Partner Violence. The film “Ask Me” demonstrates the importance of Universal Screening which has been proven to be effective and save lives. Listen to the WFVA radio interview: Empowerhouse discusses “Ask Me”Watch the film now on Youtube: “Ask Me”.



Thank you Wilderness Run Vineyards for hosting an all day festival during Domestic Violence Awareness Month benefitting Empowerhouse!


(Click above to donate!)


great-joy.sub Empowerhouse has been gifted
with a second transition house!

Empowerhouse owns a new house thanks to the Sunshine Lady Foundation. As of April 25, 2013, due in large part to many generous donations, the new Empowerhouse Transition House is now open and serving families. Call and talk with Kathy if you are able to provide a financial contribution to help keep the house running or use our Donate button on the right margin.

Empowerhouse Transition House

Rappahannock Council on Domestic Violence has changed its name to Empowerhouse, Supporting Survivors of Domestic Violence. We are celebrating this effort to help survivors move beyond victimization to healing and empowerment.
The mission, to empower survivors of domestic violence and their children to believe in themselves and build new lives filled with dignity, respect, safety and hope; and vision: to create a diverse network of community members working together to promote safe relationships, homes and communities, remain the same.  [from the May 15 2012 press release]

Telling Amy’s Story: Learn more about the devastating impact of domestic violence through the recently released documentary, Telling Amy’s Story.
Watch the Trailer  Read Susan Butta’s Review

Empowerhouse Public Outreach Office, Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

Located at 150 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 101, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
Phone 540-373-9372
Postal address P.O. Box 1007, Fredericksburg, VA 22402

Email office@empowerhouseva.org

Free Confidential Assistance and Information, 24 hours a day

Hotline 540-373-9373, toll free 1-877-734-7238