Congratulations to all the winners of our 12th Annual Golf Tournament and thank you to all the golfers and sponsors of this year’s tournament for taking a stand with Empowerhouse and survivors of domestic violence. All of 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!

First Place: The Foster Team
Second Place: Schiller Enterprise Team
Third Place: The Lynch Team
Most Honest: Elite Community Management Team
Closest to Pin/ Men: Josh Chamberlain, Stafford Sheriff’s Office Team
Closest to Pin/ Women: Karen Hyland, The Rooney Family Team
Longest Drive/ Men: Ryan Sedwick, Mid South Building Supply Team
Longest Drive/ Women: Steph Foster, The Foster Team

Please tune in to the latest episode of Town Talk, where Empowerhouse Executive Director Kathy Anderson and Ted Schubel discuss the upcoming Golf Tournament on Friday, October 2nd and how Empowerhouse is moving forward during the pandemic. Click the link https://bit.ly/32PyNb1 to go to the radio show!

Please support Empowerhouse by washing your car at one of these two Rio Car Wash locations. 100% of each car wash purchase is a donation to Empowerhouse at Rio Stafford and Spotsylvania. Wash each of your cars and tell a friend about it to make the most of this day’s impact!

Thank you to all of our friends and supporters who joined us this year for our virtual Night of 1,000 Pies 2020. During this challenging time, your contributions will help survivors of domestic violence and their children on their journey towards safety and hope. If you missed our video event, please click the link https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ArD-eQQtJao to go to our YouTube page and watch now!

Thank you to our caring community for supporting Empowerhouse’s April Shower for the Shelter and #EmpowerWithFlowers efforts and standing with survivors of domestic violence during these unprecedented times. Your generosity and compassion have helped these families continue to thrive and provided hope during the pandemic.

As the need for in-kind donations of essential household items remains great, our #EmpowerWithFlowers online registries through Walmart and Target will remain open until December 31st. Please support today by clicking the Donate link below or by mailing your donation to: Empowerhouse, P.O. Box 1007, Fredericksburg, VA 22402.

Click Here to Donate AND/OR please purchase any of the much-needed supplies and groceries on the two online registries listed below. Please have the registry items you are donating delivered to your home address. We will accept these donations at Empowerhouse’s office at 150 Olde Greenwich Drive, Suite 101 Fredericksburg, VA 22408 during future advertised hours.

Please check back on this site for information on designated days and times staff will be collecting these supplies or email nancyk@empowerhouseva.org to discuss arranging a meeting in the community.

Online Registries: Walmart, Target

We are very grateful to our supporters who have made generous financial and in-kind donations so we can continue to serve survivors of domestic violence and their families during this crisis. Thank you!

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.

We thank our MOU partners: Mary Washington Healthcare, Stafford County Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney, Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, and the Stafford County Victim Witness Assistance Program. We also would like to extend our gratitude to our event sponsors: Mary Washington Healthcare, The Wawa Foundation, Fredericksburg Dental Associates, Ebenezer United Methodist Church, Molly Maid of Stafford/Fredericksburg, The Virginia Center for Allergies and Asthma, and Teri McNally. This project is supported in part by Grant No. OVW 2018-WE-AX-0019 and OVW-TA-AX-K067 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.

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.

Informacion en Espanol

Thanks to generous support, we’ve raised over $43,000 to expand Empowerhouse’s vital programs for children and youth to break this generational cycle of violence. Please join us with your gift today to raise $45,000 to reach more children and youth, increase children’s safety, and Empower a New Generation. Thank you!
Click Here to Donate.

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”.




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

We respect and are committed to protecting your privacy.
We may collect personally identifiable information when you visit our site. We also automatically receive and record information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, cookie information and the page(s) you visited. We will not sell your personally identifiable information to anyone.