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This year, Empowerhouse celebrates the 23rd Annual Empty Bowl, and the generous potters who support this event, by holding the event at LibertyTown Arts Workshop.

Gathering in the art-lined outdoor courtyard will help 2022 be Covid-safe. As a sponsor or ticket holder you’ll be supporting Empowerhouse and the work we do to end domestic violence across the community. In 2022 you’ll have the option of selecting your bowl or choosing curbside pickup. If you sponsor the event, you have an additional option – delivery! Learn more by visiting our Empty Bowl Event Page.

Make a plan to join us at LibertyTown on Sunday, January 30 (11 am – 2 pm) where all bowls are beautiful and the art inside is hot even when the weather is cold outside. [Note – advance ticket sales only. No on-site ticket sales.]

This Holiday You Can Make a Life-Changing Difference.

For most, the holidays are joyful and hopeful. For victims of domestic violence and their children, each day holds the potential for danger, harm, and even death as they continue to be stuck at home more with their abusers.

The ongoing pandemic has brought increased incidence of domestic violence and statistics show over 10,000 children in our community witness family violence each year.

Caring friends like you have enabled us to meet these continued increased, urgent needs so survivors and their children can heal and move forward with dignity, respect, and hope. Your support of children and youth ensures we Empower a New Generation by providing the resources for greater self-esteem, better self-care, and the skills for a healthy relationship.

This holiday, please join us with your life-changing gift today to raise $60,000 by December 31st. Help break the generational cycle of violence, increase children’s safety, and Empower a New Generation. A donation of any size matters! Thank you!

Click Here to Donate.

Click on this link to listen to guest survivor speakers talk about their journey to healing at the 30th Anniversary Empowerhouse Domestic Violence Candlelight Vigil, October 19, King George County.

Click on this link to listen to Keri Gusmann, King George County Commonwealth’s Attorney, providing remarks on supporting survivors of domestic violence.

A BIG THANK YOU to the golfers and sponsors who participated in the 13th Annual Golf Tournament, especially our returning Title Sponsor MacDoc Property Management, for their incredible support. Your meaningful contributions further our mission to empower survivors and their children to believe in themselves and build new lives filled with dignity, respect, safety, and hope. Click here for winners and photos from the golf tournament.

A huge thank you to our friends at GO Car Wash for hosting a Charity Car Wash at both of their locations, which raised $5,733 for Empowerhouse and survivors of domestic violence! We are grateful for GO Car Wash’s generous and caring support.

Our Shelter needs a new HVAC system

We need your help to bringing fresh air and virus-killing technology to our Shelter.

The services and shelter provided by Empowerhouse have been especially important during the past year, when many were forced to quarantine with their children in an abusive home or seeking shelter.

While serving the needs of the families in our shelter, we identified a large project vital to everyone’s continued health and safety. This year COVID-19 virus has showed us the importance of well-ventilated spaces. That applies to our 40-bed shelter. To address that need we’re replacing the aging heating and AC (HVAC) system at our shelter with a new more efficient system that incorporates virus killing technology.

The cost of replacing 5 big units of heating and air conditioning equipment is a significant expense but it will make a huge difference in the lives of the women and children safely housed at our shelter. Please consider a gift today to help mothers who are survivors of domestic violence, and their children rebuild their lives, renew their spirts and realize a more hopeful future.

Listen to our new radio program: https://www.newstalk1230.net/episode/town-talk-empowe/

Radio program June 22, 2021 update with Kathy and Ted Schubel. The conversation hit upon the HVAC system, our Latina Services Support Program, our office at the King George County Sheriff’s Office, as well as the event with Maltese Brewing on June 27 (this Sunday) for the We’re Here Beer release! https://www.newstalk1230.net/episode/town-talk-empowerhouse-9/

Radio program May 17, 2021 update with Kathy and Ted Schubel. https://www.newstalk1230.net/episode/town-talk-empowerhouse-8/

Radio program April 27, 2021 update with Kathy and Ted Schubel. https://www.b1015.com/episode/town-talk-empowerhouse-hvac-need

Do you love Town Talk on B101.5 with Ted Schubel? You can learn more about the shelter renovations of our HVAC system by listening to a recent program with Kathy Anderson (Empowerhouse Executive Director), Denny Fallon (Empowerhouse Board of Directors) and Dan Visone (Aquia Harbour Lion’s Club, supporters of this HVAC project). https://www.b1015.com/episode/town-talk-empowerhouse-hvac-need/

Thanks to You, We are Changing Lives for the Better!

Thanks to generous, caring friends like you, we met and exceeded our goal of $45,000 during our year-end effort to Empower A New Generation. Your incredible support changes lives for the better as we help victims of domestic violence and their children who are in crisis during the pandemic.

You enable us to meet the increased and urgent needs of survivors and, especially their children, as we provide resources for greater self-esteem, better self-care, and the skills for a healthy relationship. Thank you, once again for helping to break the generational cycle of violence, increase children’s safety, and Empower a New Generation.

P.S. Please read Grace’s story to learn more about the lifesaving difference your gift makes to survivors and their children.

Town Talk: Please listen to WFVA Radio TownTalk with Ted Schubel – April 8 on how our help continues in a pandemic.

Empowerhouse will continue to provide support for survivors of domestic violence and their children. Our 24-hour Hotline remains open for services and information, and advocates are available to speak with callers. If you have been working with a specific advocate, please leave a message with the hotline for a call back. As recommended by the CDC, National and State partner guidelines, we are operating under a modified response protocol. Please call our Hotline 540-373-9373 for assistance and further information.

Empowerhouse continuará proveyendo apoyo a los sobrevivientes de violence doméstica y sus ninos. Nuestra lίnea de emergencia de 24 horas, permanecera abierta para servicios e información y los advocates/empleados están disponibles para hablar con las personas que llamen. Si usted a estado trabajando con un advocate especίfico, por favor dejele un mensaje con la lίnea de emergencia y le devolveran la llamada. Como una recomendación del CDC las lineas de guias Nacionales y Estatales, estamos operando bajo un protocolo de respuesta modifica. Por favor llame a nuestra lίnea de emergencia 540-373-9373 para asistencia y mas información.

Listen to radio show with Ted Schubel from February 18, 2020:

Empowerhouse and a partnership with Mary Washington Healthcare, Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Eileen Dohmann and Empowerhouse Executive Director Kathy Anderson discuss the Strangulation Prevention Training and the Forensic Nursing Department.

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Listen to radio show with Ted Schubel from August 23, 2019: Empowerhouse and a partnership with the Stafford County Sheriff’s Office and the Stafford Commonwealth’s Attorney. Sheriff David Decatur, Commonwealth’s Attorney Eric Olsen and Kathy Anderson with Empowerhouse.

Listen to radio show from March 8, 2019: Empowerhouse Services Director, Mendy Pierce, and Executive Director, Kathy Anderson, discuss with Ted Schubel on Town Talk- The Teen Young Men’s Program and the importance of education and trauma-informed services for children and youth in our community. 

Listen to: Empowerhouse Executive Director and Kenny Ellinger, Surgi-Center, discuss with Ted Schubel on Town Talk — domestic violence awareness month and the need for increased efforts to serve children and youth in our area. 

Board Member Trish Jackson receives award for her strength and resilience:
Survivor of Domestic Abuse Now Helping Others.
See the news item on NBC4 Washington.

Thanks to the generosity of our community, the new domestic violence shelter is complete!


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.)


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. In 2017, we assisted over 3,500. Thanks to The Community Give -2015, and the help of Doris Buffett and the Sunshine Lady Foundation, we began 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 opened in 2016, thanks to lead donors and all who assisted through The Community Give. We continued the campaign to furnish the new 15 bedroom facility with suites, multi-kitchen areas, laundry, job help center, playrooms, 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

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. Watch the film now on Youtube: “Ask Me”.


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

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