ADAPT: Anger & Domestic Abuse Prevention and Treatment
ADAPT: Anger & Domestic Abuse Prevention and Treatment


Welcome to the ADAPT program client, staff, family member and professional collateral website. Here you will find general information and have the chance to enroll in the program, refer a family member or client or even consider volunteering in the program.
ADAPT is a domestic abuse intervention program offered by the Fairfax County Department of Famiy Services in the Domestic & Sexual Violence Services division. ADAPT offers an innovative 18-week treatment program to adult men and women who have difficulty regulating anger or who have been emotionally, physically or sexually abusive to a spouse, partner, sibling, child or parent. 

ADAPT utilizes a compassionate approach to family violence intervention. Families experiencing domestic violence may face great shame, guilt and a variety of symptoms and problems related to conflict and hurt feelings. ADAPT staff know that we can't help families so affected unless we also seek to listen to all parties and treat families members with dignity and respect. Our mutual goals includehealing and safety. 

Rest assured that whether you are a survivor of domestic violence or have been charged as an offender, you will be treated with respect. If you have been charged as an offender or wish to pursue services as a client of the ADAPT program, we will work hard to help you learn new relationship and emotional regulation skills to prevent future abuse whether past episodes of abuse were intentional or not. We expect all program staff, volunteers and participants to achieve and maintain the highest standards of safety for self and others. 

If you work hard, committ yourself to personal change, you will no doubt make significant positive changes that can only enhance your life and relationships. 

ADAPT Mission, Vision & Values Statement
Facilitating compassion to promote family and community safety and envisioning equality and compassion among individuals, growth promoting environments within families, and safety and accountability in communities.

Information Below (in continuous order):


• ADAPT: Anger & Domestic Abuse Prevention and Treatment (This page)

 • Orientation & Registration

 • ADAPT Schedule

 • Prevencion y Tratamiento del Enojo y del Abuso Domestico

 • Orientacion y Matricula en el Programa ADAPT en Espanol

 • Fee Policy and Payments

 • Staff / Contacts

 • Anger Management & Batterer Intervention Programs

 • ADAPT Application Instructions

 • ADAPT Group Information

 • Directions / Locations

 • Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ]

 • Information for Service Providers

 • Partner - Family Information

 • How To Complete Online Forms


Updated 11/24/20

Orientation & Registration

ADAPT: Anger & Domestic Abuse Prevention and Treatment

Website & Enrollment Information

September 16, 2020 COVID-UPDATE:

In light of the COVID19 Pandemic, all in-person services are temporarily suspended.  New client orientation and registration [O&R] sesssions are being completed via telephone and subsequent intake, follow-up and group treatment sessions will take place via private and confidential video teleconferencing. We are directing all potential clients to call the ADAPT Counselor in the geographical area that is closest to where you or where the prospective client would attend to learn more about the program. ADAPT staff will answer your incdividual questions about the program and provide you with a free 30 minute orientation and registration appointment by phone. Please call today and if you don't reach staff directly, leave a message with your contact information and allow staff up to two business days to return your call.

For program questions and to schedule a new client orientation, please call:

Chantilly: 703-968-4017 (Jennifer Perkins, LPC)

Reston: 703-207-7776 (Andréa Nunes-Gardner, LPC)

Merrifield:  703-207-7776 (Andréa Nunes-Gardner, LPC)

South County: 703-704-6235 (JD Miller, MA, MAC)



ADAPT: Prevención y tratamiento de la ira y el abuso doméstico

16 de septiembre de 2020 actualización sobre COVID-19:

Al comienzo de la pandemia COVID19, todos los servicios en persona fueron suspendidos temporalmente. Este mes comenzaremos a ofrecer los servicios de nuevo. Las sesiones de orientación y registro para nuevos clientes [O&R] se ofrecerán por teléfono. La entrevista de admisión, seguimiento y tratamiento en grupo se ofrecerán por videoconferencia privada y confidencial. Para registrarse llamen a la consejera que ofrece grupos en español. Ella responderá a sus preguntas individuales sobre el programa y le proporcionará una orientación gratuita de 30 minutos y una cita de registro por teléfono. Llame hoy y, si no se comunica directamente con ella, deje un mensaje con su información de contacto y permita hasta dos días hábiles para que le devuelva la llamada.For program questions and to schedule a new client orientation, please call:


Para una sesión de orientación telefónica gratuita y de admisión, llame al:

Merrifield (Spanish): 703-207-7767, 571-585-6217 (Heather Potter, M.Ed.)


Reston (Spanish): 703-207-7767, 571-585-6217 (Heather Potter, M.Ed.)


Please scroll down the home page to find the information you are looking for.  Alternatively, you may select posts on the left side of the screen and select the interested  If you are interested in learning more about the program than this site provides, you are invited to a free walk-in orientation and registration [O&R] session that is offered several times per week at various locations.  You may bring a friend or family member to this informational session.  At the O&R, you will have the opportunity to learn more about the program and to decide whether you are ready to enroll in this 18-week group program.  You will also have the opportunity to ask questions to help determine your readiness for the program. ALL PROGRAM ENROLLMENTS OCCUR THROUGH O&R SESSIONS.  While the staff does its best to avoid canceling O&R sessions, at times there are situations which may require us to cancel the scheduled O&R as late as date of the O&R session.  We will post cancellations at our Intake and Registration line at 703-968-4052 [option 4]. Please check this line before coming to an O&R Session.  For  The directions to each site are available in other posts below.  This information is also repeated at the ADAPT Intake and Registration line at 703-968-4052.  The O&R sessions are currently offered:

Free Walk-In Program Orientation and Registration Sessions (Temporarily Suspended)

  • Chantilly (Northwest Center) Mental Health - 12pm Thursdays (14150 Parkeast Circle, Chantilly
  • Reston (Northwest Center) Mental Health - 7pm Tuesdays (1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, VA)
  • Merrifield Center - 5pm Thursdays (8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, VA 22031)
  • South County Human Services - 5pm Tuesdays & Thursdays #307, (8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria); 


Las sesiones de orientacion y de Matricula son las siguientes (Temporarily Suspended)

  • Merrifield Center (Spanish)- La sesión de Orientación y Matrícula se lleva a cabo los miércoles a las 5:00 p.m. en la siguiente dirección: 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Fairfax, Virginia 22031
  • Reston (Northwest Center) Mental Health - Se llevarán a cabo los Martes a las 4:30 pm. en la siguiente dirección: 1850 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston, VA

updated 9/16/20

Fee Policy and Payments

ADAPT Program Fee Policy

Thank you for your enrollment in the ADAPT Program.  The ADAPT program fees are as follows:

ADAPT Program Fee Policy (For all Clients Admitted to Program on or after January 2, 2020):


ADAPT charges a single program fee which covers all program services whether one or many services are provided.  This single program fee is set, charged and payable at intake according to county residency and income level. The program fee is $450 for Fairfax County residents, $600 for non-residents and $150 for Fairfax County residents who demonstrate financial need.  To remain active in treatment, a minimum of 50% of the program fee must be received within 30 days of intake and the remaining unpaid balance within 60 more days (90 days after program intake). Payment shall be made by:


·         Mail - Check or Money Order (NO cash), made payable to “The ADAPT Program” and mailed to ADAPT Payment Processing, PO Box 3406, PO Box, Fairfax VA  22038, or,


·         Online – To pay by Credit Card or Checking Account Transfer (ACH) at .


·         In Person – To Accounts Receivable Staff on 5th Floor of the Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA  22030 from 8:30 to 4:00pm Monday to Friday. You may pay with cash, personal check or money order.



There are NO REFUNDS for program services whether you attend an intake only or one or more group sessions. Non-payment of at least 50% of the program fee within 30 days of the intake appointment will result in program and/or group suspension.  Suspension from group will prevent the start of a new group or necessitate withdrawal from a currently attending group.  Additionally, failure to pay the entirety of the ADAPT program fee within 90 days of program intake will result in group suspension and prevention of program completion.  Additionally, a $50 administrative fee will be added to all accounts when a check is returned for insufficient funds. Accounts that are delinquent in excess of 90 days may be referred to the Fairfax Department of Tax Administration or a private agency for collection.  The collection agency’s fees (an additional 20% of the total amount due) will be added to the customer’s total delinquent balance and will be retained by the collection agency. 


If you are unable to pay for program services due to financial hardship, please request, complete and forward the ADAPT Program Fee Subsidy Worksheet and associated income documentation.  Fee subsidy requests are based on income and family size according to current Federal Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines.


All services are provided regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, or sexual orientation.  Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For information, call Domestic and Sexual Violence Services at 703-324-5730, TTY 711.

2019 Policy (For all new clients admitted prior to 1/2/2020)

Fees for County Residents: Intake-$150, Group-Program Fee -$300

Fees for Non-County Residents: Intake-$200, Group-Program Fee-$400

Reduced Fees for County Residents with Documented Financial Need: Intake-$50, Group-Program Fee-$100

NOTE: All Group-Program Fees are due after the fourth group session and must be paid by the start of the Fifth (5th) group session.


Do not make first payment prior to completing your 90-120 minute intake with an ADAPT Staff Person


To remain active in treatment, both fees must be received, in full, no later than the due date.  Payments may be made by:

·         Mail - Check or Money Order (NO cash), made payable to “The ADAPT Program”.  For your intake fee, please bring the check or money order to the intake and we will give you an envelope you can use to mail it to our admin staff.  For the group-program fee, it is your responsibility to mail it early enough that it reaches the address below by the due date:

  •  ADAPT Payment Processing, 12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 740, Fairfax VA  22035

·         Online – To pay by Credit Card or Checking Account Transfer (ACH) go to and in the fee section click on the highlighted sentence “make an online credit card payment for the ADAPT program.”  If you pay online, you must bring a printed receipt to intake (for the intake fee) and to the 5th group session (for the program fee).

There are NO REFUNDS for program services; however you may withdraw from the program prior to the fifth group session without incurring the $300 group-program fee. Non-payment of the group-program fee by the fifth group session will otherwise result in program suspension.  If you wish to continue program services, you may re-enroll in a new group as long as you are compliant with treatment recommendations and have requested a group restart within ninety (90) days of your last attended group session. 

Please note:  A $30 administrative fee will be added to all delinquent accounts. Payments that are 180 days or more past due may be referred to the County’s outside collection agency.  The collection agency’s fees (an additional 20% of the total amount due) will be added to the customer’s total delinquent balance and is retained by the collection agency. 

If you are unable to pay for program services due to financial hardship, please request, complete and forward the ADAPT Program Fee Subsidy Worksheet and associated income documentation.  Fee subsidy requests are based on income and family size according to current Federal Department of Health and Human Services Poverty Guidelines.

All services are provided regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, or sexual orientation.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. For information, call the Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services at 703-324-5730, TTY 711.

Revised 12/17/2019

Frequently Asked Questions [FAQ]

Q. 1) The court sent me.  Why are there fees?

While most of the over $250,000 program cost for the ADAPT program is provided by Fairfax County Govenment through tax dollars, most citizens believe that individuals referred for services should cover a significant portion of the costs, not unlike other programs such as the Alcohol Safety Action Program [ASAP].  

Q. 2) Why is the program so expensive; Can't you charge less?

 The program's current fees still average less than $24 per session including (18 group treatment sessions and a two hour intake assessment).  The cost per hour is less than $12 per hour for high quality educational/therapeutic services provided by teams of Masters Degree prepared mental health professionals and trained program volunteers. In the Fall of 2012, the fee structure changed and reduced fees were offered for clients who demonstrate financial hardship as well as increased fees for out-of-county residents.

Q. 3.) How long does it take to start the group?

After you enroll in the program by coming to a free walk-in orientiation meeting (See link at right), you will be offered an intake appointment, generally within two weeks.  At this appointment, a counselor will help you form a treatment plan which may possibly involve other services in addition to ADAPT 18-week groups.  In most cases, group is scheduled in approximately one month.  The program generally starts new groups every month but at some sites (Reston and Chantilly), new group starts are alternated and the average wait time may be closer to two months. We also offer a day-time "open group" format which can be attended with a rolling admission although group spaces are limited and capped to maintain a reasonable group size at 15 or less clients.

 Q. 4.) Why do you need to contact my current or former partner? And what types of information will you be sharing with them?

A: Per state certification BIP guidelines, we are required to contact current or former partners regarding client enrollment status in our program. We share as minimal information possible with partners regarding our clients in order to meet our certification requirement while protecting the confidentiality of our clients. If you have any additional or specific concerns regarding this contact, please communicate these concerns during your intake interview.

 Q. 5.) Is there any way to complete the program at an accelerated pace and be finished sooner than the 18 week period?

 A: There is no way to finish the program at an accelerated pace. Certification guidelines require that treatment cover an 18 week period.

 Q. 6.) Since I am court ordered to your program, does that guarantee that I am accepted into your program?

 A: No. As ethical counseling practitioners, we carefully assess each individual during our intake process to determine whether or not that individual will benefit from our treatment program. Regardless of a court order, if we believe an individual will not benefit from our treatment program, we will not enter that individual into treatment. However, when those situations arise, we make other treatment referrals when necessary; and additionally, we communicate with the court(s) our decision to deny treatment and make other treatment recommendations when applicable.


Orientacion y Matricula en el Programa ADAPT en Espanol

Orientación y Matrícula en el Programa ADAPT en Español

Si quiere tomar el próximo paso para matricularse en el Programa ADAPT en Español, le invitamos a asistir a una reunión de orientación y matrícula.

La sesión de Orientación y Matrícula se lleva a cabo los miércoles a las 5:00 p.m. en la siguiente dirección: 8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive, Oficina L-532, Fairfax, Virginia 22031.

Durante esta reunión se le ofrecerá información, responderemos a sus preguntas, y nos aseguraremos de que los servicios del programa y sus necesidades están de acuerdo. Estas reuniones son gratuitas y están abiertas al público, las parejas de los clientes interesados, miembros de la familia, y profesionales. Si usted quiere matricularse en el programa, podrá hacerlo al final de la sesión de información y podrá obtener una cita para una entrevista de evaluación individual con personal del programa. También se le dará información para llenar la solicitud de servicios en un sitio seguro en la internet para que complete el proceso de matrícula. Se sugiere que complete esa solicitud en su casa o en la Biblioteca Pública. Si usted no puede completar esta solicitud en la internet, por favor déjeselo saber al facilitador de la reunión de información.

NOTA DE CANCELACION: Antes de asistir a una reunión de Orientación y Matrícula, por favor chequé esta página otra vez en caso de que por alguna razón la reunión haya sido cancelada. Si hemos tenido que cancelar la reunión, pondremos una notificación en esta página.

Puede llamar a Sonia Valenzuela para información de los servicios ofrecidos en Español al 703-207-6979

Setiembre 2016

Prevencion y Tratamiento del Enojo y del Abuso Domestico


Prevención y Tratamiento del

Enojo y del Abuso Doméstico

 ADAPT esta certificado por el estado como un programa de intervención para las personas que han abusado a otros. Este programa emplea un aproche de grupo sicoeducativo con una duración de 18 semanas. ADAPT enseña técnicas de regulación emocional a adultos residents del Condado de Fairfax y de las ciudades de Falls Church y Fairfax quienes hayan tenido comportamientos fisica, emotional, or sexualmente abusivos con sus parejas, niños, padres, u otros miembros de la familia.

Se cobra una tarifa for este programa.



El grupo en Español se ofrece los martes por la noche de 6:00 p.m. a las 8:00 p.m. o los jueves de 4:30 p.m. a las 6:30 p.m.



Centro Merrifield

8221 Williow Oaks Corporate Drive, Oficina L-532

Fairfax, Virginia 22031

Para Información del Programa

703-968-4052, TTY 703-324-5706

La VIOLENCIA DOMESTICA O ABUSO FAMILIAR ocurre cuando una persona trata de controlar o lastimar a otra a traves de comportamientos o amenazas que pueden incluir abuso físico, sexual, verbal, o sicológico. Personas de todas las edades, niveles económicos , religiones, orientación sexual, género, y niveles educativos pueden sufrir de la violencia doméstica o familiar.

 Metas del Programa

 LOS PARTICIPANTES DE ADAPT aprenden a prevenir el abuso a travez del desarrollo de la compasión de sí mismos y de otros.

 ADAPT ayuda a los participantes del programa a aprender a:

  • Regular el enojo y la vergüenza
  • Tomar responsabilidad por los comportamientos y sentimientos propios
  • Dejar de culpar a otros
  • Aceptar no estar en contro de otra persona o situación
  • Desarrollar soluciones seguras y compasivas para los conflictos familiars
  • Evaluar el efecto de sustancias como el alcol y las drogas en los pensamientos, sentimientos y comportamiento.

 La Experiencia del AbusoFamiliar

  • No hay ningún nivel seguro de violencia familiar.
  • La mayoría de las víctimas, abusadores, y sus niños carecen de auténtica auto-estima
  • Algunos de los síntomas de las víctimas y de los abusadores pueden incluir ansiedad clínica o depression, dificultad para dormir, preocupación constante, enojo excesivo, o confusión.

 Promesa de Seguridad para los Participantes de ADAPT

  • Identificaré las señales que me ponen  sobre aviso de que me estoy enojando, para prevenir el aumento del enojo y el abuso.
  • Tomaré tiempo aparte y me marcharé cuando la situación se está empeorando.
  • Llamaré a la policía si alguien en la familia está temeroso de la violencia.

 Recursos Comunitarios

Servicios Contra el Alcol y las Drogas

8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive

Fairfax, Virginia 22031

703 383-8500  TTY 711

Programas Multiculturales de Servicios  Humanos-Servicios Familiares del Norte de  Virginia

701 Broad St., Suite 305, Falls Church, VA 22046


Servicios de Protección a los Niños

703-324-7400 o 1-800-552-7096

Corte Juvenil y de Relaciones Domésticas del Condado de Fairfax

4000 Chain Bridge Rd., Fairfax, VA 22030

703-246-3040; TTY 703-273-3713

Artemis House Albergue de Violencia Doméstica

703-435-4940; TTY 703-435-1235

Oficina para la Mujer y Servicios Contra la Violencia Domestica y Sexual

703 324-5730

Línea de Ayuda de 24 Horas

703-360-7273;  TTY 703-324-5706

Red Comunitaria del Cuidado de la Salud del Fairfax

Norte del Condado 703-689-2180;

TTY 703-689-3281

Sur del Condado 703-704-5333; TTY 703-704-6680

Salud Mental del Condado de Fairfax

703-481-4230; TTY 703-207-7737

Sevicios de Emergencia de Salud Mental Woodburn 703-573-5679

Servicios Familiares del Norte de Virginia


Clases para Padres de Familia del Condado de


703-324-7745; TTY 703-222-9452

Emergecias  911

Policia – Sin Emergencia 703-691-2131

All phone numbers use TTY 711, unless otherwise noted.

El Condado de Fairfax está comprometido a la no decrimininación basada en discapacidades en todos los programas, servicios y actividades del condado. Acomodaciones rasonables serán ofrecidas si son solicitadas. Para pedir esta información en una forma alterna, llame al 703 324-5870; TTY 703 222-9452.

Setiembre 2016

ADAPT Schedule 2020

6/12/20 Update:

The following schedule reflects the schedule from 2019 for illustrative purposes.  Over the Summer of 2020, it will be amended for safe practice.  This website will be updated as new groups (In-Person and/or virtual) will be added to the schedule.


ADAPT 18-week English Speaking Groups

* Merrifield Center: Thursdays, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

* South County Human Services Building: Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. and Noon-2pm (starting May 2019)

* Reston Mental Health: Tuesdays, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

* Chantilly Mental Health: Thursdays 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

ADAPT 18-week Spanish Speaking Groups

* Reston Mental Health: Tuesdays, 4:30-7:00 p.m

* Merrifield Center: Mondays, 4:00-6:30 p.m.

*South county Human Services Building: Mondays, 6:00-8:00 p.m. (Deferred until Summer 2020)


Revised 6/12/20

Anger Management & Batterer Intervention Programs

Updated 6/19/2019

Note: Please be aware that these two types of programs are not the same; Domestic Violence programs or what are often called batterer intervention programs [BIP's] are intended for individuals who have had some type of family or domestic abuse incident or would like to prevent the same.  In Virginia, individuals referred to programs by Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Courts for charges of assaulting a household or family members are generally referred to certified BIP's.  Some BIP's provide both domestic violence and anger management services.  Anger management programs can be appropriate where anger problems have not manifested in family violence or abuse but, for example, may involve angry outbursts with strangers, non-family members, on-the-job conflicts, "bar-room brawls", or aggressive driving. In general if anger problems are expressed in the family or couple, the BIP type of program is generally more appropriate. If you are unsure of which type of program you are looking for, you may call any of the programs or staff below and they should be able to help sort out which type of program is most appropriate.

Virginia programs that meet certification standards for Batterer Intervention Programs

  • ADAPT: Anger & Domestic Abuse Prevention and Treatment (this program)
  • OAR of Fairfax County - 10640 Page Ave., Ste. 250, Fairfax, VA 22030 - 703-246-3033
  • Northern Virginia Family Services - Multicultural Services - 701 West Broad St., Ste 305, Falls Church, VA 22046.  571-748-2818
  • Trauma and Hope Abuser Education, 5417-C Backlick Road, Springfield, VA, 22151, 703-750-1714
  • Arlington Violence Intervention Program (Arlington residents only) - 2100 Washington Blvd., 2nd floor, Arlington, VA 22204 - 703-228 1200
  • Loudoun County Violence Intervention Program (Loudoun County residents only) - 21641 Ridgetop Cir., Ste. 105, Sterling, VA 2016
  • ACTS/Turning Points - Dumfries/Manassas-Prince William County - 703-221-4460
  • Change in Action - Woodbridge, VA (English and Spanish) -  571-379-0352
  • Family Focus Counseling Services - 20-B John Marshall Hwy., Warrenton, VA 20186 - 540-349-4537


Anger Management Services

  • Karen Bergin, LCSW- Certified Anger Resolution Therapist, 10617 Jones St, Ste. 301-B, Fairfax, VA 22030 - 202-631-5040
  • Dr. Tashna Felix PsyD, CSOTP, 3331 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22314 - 703-828-7115
  • Anger and Stress Management Center - 10375-B Democracy La., Fairfax, VA 22030 - 703-293-9231
  • Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board - Teen Anger Management Group - 1850 Cameron Glen Dr., 2nd Floor, Reston, VA 20190 - 703-481-4170
  • Fairfax Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court - Family Anger Management - 4000 Chain BridgeRd.,Fairfax, VA 22030 - 703-246-2204
  • Northern Virginia Family Services - 10455 White Granite Dr., Ste. 100, Oakton, VA 22124 - 703-490-3646
  • OAR - 10640 Page Ave., Ste. 250, Fairfax, VA 22030 - 703-246-3033
  • VA Tech Center for Family Services - Couples' Conflict Group - 7054 Haycock Rd., Falls Church, VA 22043 - 703-538-8470
  • AIMS- 8317 Centreville Rd., Ste. 311, Manassas, VA 20111 (services also offered in City of Fairfax) - 703-530-6262 (English and Spanish)
  • The Women's Center (groups for men and for women) - 133 Park St. NE, Vienna, VA 22180 - 703-281-2657
Staff / Contacts

Sam Bachman, MSW, LCSW.  ADAPT program coordinator may be reached at 703-324-9497.

Vacant. ADAPT Staff Therapist. This counselor schedules intakes and provides case managment and group treatment for the ADAPT Program (particularly in Spanish) at our Merrifield Center .  703-207-6979. Hablo español.

Jennifer Perkins, M.S., LPC.   ADAPT staff therapist/substance abuse prevention specialist. Schedules and provides intakes and group treatment for ADAPT at the Northwest Center (Chantilly) for Community Mental Health. 703-968-4017.

Heather Potter, M.Ed. ADAPT staff therapist. Heather provides intakes, case management and group services at the Merrifield and the South County Human Services sites. 703-207-7767.  Hablo español.

JD Miller, C-PPG, MAC.  ADAPT staff therapist. Schedules and provides intakes and group treatment for ADAPT at the South County Human Services Building in Alexandria. 703-704-6235.

Andréa Nunes-Gardner, M.A. LPC,  ADAPT staff therapist. Schedules and provides intakes and group treatment for ADAPT at the Merrifielld and Northwest Center for Community Mental Healty- Reston sites. 703-207-7776.  Hablo español. Fala português.

Vacant, OFWDSVS Volunteer Coordinator (includes ADAPT).  703-324-9495.

Mery Juarez, OFWDSVS Administrative Manager. Amy provides administrative support to the ADAPT program. 703-324-5721.

ADAPT Program Volunteers. ADAPT groups are co-led by a team of well trained volunteer co-facilitators, under staff supervision, who provide this critical public service. ADAPT volunteers receive considerable support and training throughout their service. Intial and ongoine traininginvolves classroom study, independent study, in-service training, court-observation, continuing education, live supervision, annual safety check-ins and group observation and group debriefing. Volunteers have provided this service since the program's inception in in 1983 and many have provided over ten years of such important community service. ADAPT program volunteers have had extensive background checks, and commit to continuing education each year. We are very proud of our volunteer group leaders and ADAPT could not provide the quality of care and quantity of services to Fairfax County citizens without thier continuing support. Please contact the program for more information about becoming a volunteer if you are interested.

ADAPT Program Interns. ADAPT frequently works with undergraduate and graduate interns in psychology, social work, pyschological services, and family counseling over the summer and academic year. Interns function as program staff under the supervision of primary ADAPT therapists. Please contact the program if you are seeking a rewarding internship and ADAPT's mission "calls to you".

TDD for All ADAPT Program Services - 711

FAX for All ADAPT Program Services - 703-653-7006

updated 9/4/18

Information for Service Providers

ADAPT requires all clients with compulsory attendance requirements to be professionally referred to the ADAPT Program. This may include courts, probation officers, family service workers, child protective service workers, mental health or substance abuse providers, EAP providers, etc.

While clients may register for the ADAPT program and complete application materials to request an intake appointment, courts and probation staff are encouraged to forward referral information to the program directly and include [when possible]: 1) the index incident police report, 2) a recent criminal background history/search, 3) any related or completed lethality or risk assessment information, 4) any information concerning client history or needs relating to trauma, substance use and/or mental health concerns (presentence reports), 5) a copy of any current or recent civil/criminal orders to include civil orders of protection (and associated affidavits), 6) the orders stipulating participation in community programming and 6) a current consent to release/exchange confidential client information naming the referral source and the ADAPT Program.

Referral information may be sent by secure, encrypted, HIPAA compliant email (if available), or faxed to 703-653-7006.


Revised 2/1/17

Partner - Family Information


Information for Friends and Family of ADAPT Clients

ADAPT is an 18-week, skills-based, domestic abuse intervention program. ADAPT teaches emotional regulation skills that are useful for perpetrators and victims of domestic abuse. ADAPT participants are taught to stop abuse through the development of compassion for themselves and others.

Program Outcomes
The goal of ADAPT is to help program participants:
Regulate anger and shame
Let go of harmful blame
Accept not being in control of another person or situation
Develop safe and compassionate solutions to family conflicts
Assess the role of substances on thoughts, feelings, and behavior
It is important to focus attention on your own safety and well being, as well as that of your children because treatment is not effective for everyone. If you experience harassment, threats, or any other form of abuse at any time, contact the police.

We empower individuals to develop compassion to promote family and community safety.
Equality and Compassion among individuals;
Growth-promoting environments within families; and
Safety and Accountability in communities.

Main line: 703-968-4052, 703-435-1235 TTY.

What is domestic violence?
Domestic Violence or family abuse occurs when one person attempts to control or hurt another through actions or threats that can include physical, sexual, verbal or psychological abuse; harassment, or forceful detention. People of all ages, income levels, faiths, sexual orientation, gender, and education levels can experience domestic or family violence. Domestic violence occurs between married, non-married, and same-sex partners, as well as, between members of the same family or household*.

Definitions of abusive behavior: Any action or spoken threat to hurt others with emotional, psychological, physical, or sexual violence.

Threatening behavior and Intimidation Destroying property and harming pets: Punching walls, breaking things, hitting objects, knocking things over etc.

Emotional abuse: Hurting the other person’s feelings by saying demeaning things and name-calling. This is also defined as verbal abuse. Behaviors designed to control and subjugate another human being, through the use of force, fear, humiliation, intimidation, or guilt. Anything the abusive person says of does that causes the other person to feel afraid, lower the self-esteem, manipulates or controls other’s behavior.

Psychological abuse: Abuse that causes fear and confusion in the victim. This includes “mind games,” intimidation and attacks aimed at destroying the other’s self-worth. After the first act of physical or sexual abuse, all threats and emotional violence become psychological abuse because the victim feels especially scared and does not know when the abuser will stop.

Physical abuse: Any forceful or violent physical action.

Sexual abuse: Any sexual act or behavior not fully agreed to by both partners without coercion; any unwanted or disrespectful sexual touch.

Can sexual violence take place in a relationship?
YES! Forced sexual contact is a crime, also if committed by a spouse, partner, or dating partner. The state of Virginia recognizes two forms of marital sexual abuse sexual assault and rape. An individual may be found guilty of sexual assault against his or her spouse if: (i) he or she engages in sex, oral sex, anal sex, or inanimate object penetration with his or her spouse; and if (ii) the sexual act is accomplished against the spouses will by the use of force or a present threat of force or intimidation of or against the spouse or another person.

A spouse may be found guilty of marital rape of a spouse if he or she engages in the above sexual acts with his or her spouse and the act is accomplished against the spouses will by the use of force or a present threat of force or intimidation of or against the spouse or another person, if at least one of the following applies: (i) the spouses are living separate and apart at the time of the act; or (ii) the spouse to be charged with the crime caused bodily injury to the other spouse, by the use of violence.

Cycle of Violence. Domestic violence usually happens in cycles with periods of calm and peace following abuse, but this does not mean the abuse has stopped for good.  The following are signs that the abuser is not making permanent changes or that violence could be on the horizon:
He/she tries to control your actions or spy on you.
He/she keeps refusing to accept responsibility for abuse.
He/she might apologize for abuse but makes excuses or hints that you are to blame for the abuse or for calling the police.
He/she still sometimes loses his/her temper when you do something he/she dislikes.
He/she makes any kind of threats, however vague or subtle.

The Experience of Family Abuse. Individuals in relationships where there has been a history of abuse may:
Over-function in the relationship.
Assume responsibility for the abuse.
Experience symptoms such as frequent periods of sadness and crying, anxiety, trouble sleeping, repetitive thoughts, and confusion or impaired decision-making.
Have low self-esteem.
Abuse alcohol or other substances.
Have been abused as a child or witnessed parental abuse.
Feel controlled in spending and other activities.
Have been abused in prior relationships.

ADAPT offers with the partners, former partners and/or alleged victims of the clients the following services or referrals for services:
Initial phone contact. ADAPT staff  contacts the alleged victims, as appropriate, when a client registers in the program.
Orientation Sessions for Partners. Partners and/or former partners/alleged victims of clients are invited to attend an information session, separate from the client .
Consultation. They can also talk privately with ADAPT staff about their partner, and he/she will not be involved nor informed.
Telephone Counseling is available 24 hours a day through the Victim Assistance Network (VAN) Hotline (703) 360-7273.
Individual Counseling is available for survivors of sexual or domestic abuse through VAN.
Supportive and Educational Groups are available for survivors of sexual assault, domestic abuse, and for parents whose children have been sexually assaulted through VAN.

*Family or household members include (regardless of whether he or she resides in the same household):

Persons spouse, former spouse, persons parents, stepparents, children, stepchildren, brothers, sisters, half-brothers, half-sisters, grandparents, grandchildren, and any individual who has a child in common with the person.

To be considered a family or household member, the following must reside in the same household at the time of the incident:

Persons mother-in-law, father-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, and any individual who within the previous 12 months cohabitated with the person, and any children of either one of them then residing in the same home with the person.

Where to get more information or help if you are a victim of domestic violence or sexual assault:

ARTEMIS HOUSE is a safe house for victims of domestic violence and their children. The shelter serves both male and female victims but houses men and women at separate locations. The shelter is at an undisclosed location in the county. In addition to providing a safe haven for survivors of domestic violence and their children, services for residents include:
Crisis Intervention.
Group counseling.
Individual counseling.
Children’s groups.
Free transportation to the shelter if needed.
Court accompaniment for protective orders and assault hearings.

Referrals for child care, benefits, housing, employment, legal services, medical care, on-going counseling, and others as needed.

TTY 703-435-1235

Survivor Services Counseling offers a 24-hour telephone counseling program free of charge for people in abusive or potentially abusive situations, and for victims of sexual assault and their families and friends.
Services include:
Emergency information and assistance with financial, legal, and human service resources.
Referral and linkage to other service providers.
Support groups for women to meet with others who share similar concerns.
Personal, supportive counseling.
Accompaniment and advocacy to magistrates, courts and other services.
Community education presentations.

YOU CAN CONTACT SURVIVOR SERVICES (24 HOURS) AT 703-360-7273 / TTY 703-799-8253 

Other Resources:
Parenting Education Programs
(703) 324-7720—English
(703) 324-7405—Spanish
ACCESS—Mental Health Referrals and Evaluations (703) 481-4230
Fairfax County Police Department, Victim Services Section (VSS) (703) 246-2141/  TTY (703) 204-2264
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE/ TTY 800-787-3224
Alcohol and Drug Services: (703) 359-7040
Northern VA Family Services-Multicultural Programs: (703) 533-3302
Child Protective Services: (703) 324-7400 or 1-800-552-7096
Fairfax County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court: (703) 246-3040
Police Emergency: 911
Police Non-Emergency: (703) 691-2131

For more information on domestic violence resources see:

ADAPT Application Instructions

Welcome and thank you for taking the time to contact the ADAPT Program to enroll in this innovative program. You are taking the next step in developing compassionate and satisfying relationships built on a foundation of safety and self-responsibility. As you have registered for the program, the next step is to complete the online application.

Note: if you have not registered for ADAPT by attending a registration & orientation meeting, please refer to the links on the right for information on these free, walk-in informative sessions.  During these sessions, you will learn about the program and have the opportunity to enroll in the program.

This application is comprised of a number of forms for you to finish and electronically sign. Please allow about 30 minutes to complete these forms. Please be candid and honest with your responses, so that we can better assess your needs and plan for your treatment.

All forms must be filled in completely in order to submit your online application. Do not leave any spaces or fields blank. On each item give the response that seems most accurate, even if you are not totally sure. Respond with N/A only when an item truly does not apply to you. Note that some forms require completion via your electronic "signature" which is represented by your secure password.

During application completion, please don't hesitate to save a form in "draft" format prior tosignature if you are not able to complete the form in its entirety. You may call any ADAPT staff for guidance on forms completion at any time prior to your intake.

We encourage you to read the privacy information on this secure website via the link on the bottom right of your screen and how ADAPT, as a program of Fairfax County Government maintains the privacy of your confidential information. ADAPT uses this secure website, hosted by CarePaths, to manage clinical records. CarePaths maintains HIPAA-compliant, confidential, and secure web-based eRecords and will treat your record information with the same level of privacy and security applicable to medical records. Please dont hesitate to call us if you have any questions or concerns regarding privacy, confidentiality, consent for service or consent to exchange information. 

Specific Instructions for Secure Log-in and Forms-Application Completion
Login to the "Client Login" section with the login credentials set on your registration phone call with ADAPT Staff and you will be taken to the HOME screen where you will see your forms to complete at the top. The home page for this website is Please click on each form link on your home screen. Once you have read the required form scroll down to the bottom of the page and enter your password (if required) and click "SIGN AND COMPLETE DOCUMENT."

Instructions for Password Changes
-Even though you have set your initial password with staff, you may change it at any time. Once logged in, you may change your password by clicking on "change password" on the left top portion of the screen. In order to get back to the main page to continue with the "To Do List", click the" back" button at the bottom of each form.

Specific Form Instructions (Please Read Carefully)
1)READ ME First-Introductory Statement: This is the first form you should review. It provides a summary of each form as also appears below.

2) ADAPT Treatment Request & Supplemental Information: This form collects additional information about your: living situation, children/stepchildren,employment, court status, referral contacts/details as well as relevant victim information (often your current or former partner).

 3) Multiple-Interagency Authorization to Use/Disclose Confidential Information: This form requests your consent to exchange information between the ADAPT Program, the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board [CSB], your referral source/contact person/court/probation officer, the alleged victim and any other relevant service providers. This consent is necessary because ADAPT program services are typically provided at mental health centers which are CSB sites and CSB administrative staff are employed to support fiscal and administrative program functions. In addition, if you have a mental health or substance abuse problem and/or are involved in any kind of mental health or substance abuse treatment orif you are referred for evaluation or treatment by your referral source, probation officer or ADAPT clinician, you will also need to provide the consent so that staff of the ADAPT program may collaborate with CSB staff in the office of Mental Health Services and/or the office for Alcohol and Drug Services.

4) ADAPT Program Client Contract & Consent for Services: This form describes the expectations for participants wishing to complete the ADAPT Program. It details policy expectations regarding attendance, homework, payment of fees, etc.

5) Patient Record Information: This formcollects basic address, contact, demographic, educational and financialinformation.

6) ADAPT Informed Consent-Outcome Evaluation: This form requests your voluntary consent for us to contact you and your partner or involved family member up to two (2) years following your treatment completion so that we may ascertain the durability of the positive changes youll make during the program after the program completes. This information will help us to assess the long term effectiveness of the program and suggest areas for improvement.

7) Mental Health Advisor-30: This is a psychological screening tool to assist you and program staff to better assess your needs. It may alsodemonstrate personal and psychological change when taken over multiple sessions during and/or after the programhas been completed.