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LAWS Emergency Shelter

Calling the LAWS 24-Hour Crisis Hotline is the first step to accessing our emergency shelter. LAWS is the only emergency shelter in Loudoun County that is specifically for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who are fleeing abuse.

Our shelter is a small, single-family home in a confidential location. The shelter can house up to 12 people. There are three bedrooms, two full bathrooms, a kitchen, a dining room, living room, laundry area, and playroom. There is also a fenced-in backyard for additional privacy and protection. Residents at our shelter are provided bedding, toiletries, clothing and food. All services are confidential and free.

For families in need of shelter with pets, we coordinate pet shelter through a partnership with the Loudoun County Animal Shelter. If you have concerns about your pet and needing shelter, please call our hotline where one of our advocates can tell you more about what options are available.

While residents are in shelter, the following services are provided:

  • Safety planning
  • Advocacy and case management
  • Assistance with goal planning
  • Assistance with basic needs, including food, clothing, and toiletries
  • Information and referrals to community resources
  • Transportation assistance to appointments when needed
  • Access to all other services offered by LAWS, including therapy, support groups, youth and children’s services, and legal assistance


If you or someone you know needs shelter services, please call our hotline at 703-777-6552 to speak to one of our advocates.

LAWS 24-Hour Crisis Hotline

703-777-6552

TTY: 703-777-6552

LAWS operates a 24-hour domestic violence and sexual assault crisis hotline staffed by trained advocates and volunteers. Victims of domestic violence and sexual assault concerned persons in the community, advocates, professionals, law enforcement, courts, or any other person who needs information about domestic or sexual violence services and community resources can call.

Advocates and trained volunteers are available to respond to all inquiries for information, safety planning, referrals, shelter and/or appropriate outside services. Calls can be made anonymously—you are free to only give information you feel comfortable sharing. If the caller needs interpretation services, language line interpretation services are available in any language.