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DWCNV Welcomes the Public to Meeting on Domestic Violence

Monday, October 12th, 2015

The October 18 meeting of the Democratic Women of Clifton and Northern Virginia (DWCNV) welcomes the general public to this event designed to educate the community about domestic violence occurring in the region.  A panel of experts on this issue will discuss trends, causes, treatment and prevention of domestic violence in Northern Virginia and share an assessment tool designed determine danger to victims attempting to distance themselves from abusers.  Our panel of speakers will include:

Melanie Dunn-Chadwick has been working for Fairfax County Public Schools’ FECEP/Head Start program for 34 years, and for the last 15 years, as the Violence Prevention Specialist. In her current capacity, Melanie provides resources and support to staff, families, and children, primarily focusing on the issues of domestic violence.

Nora Mahoney is the Family Law Practice Group Chair for Legal Services of Northern Virginia, supervising family law attorneys as well as externs and volunteers across five jurisdictions.

Heather Sarmiento, M.Ed., is the Prevention and Education Coordinator in the Fairfax County Office for Women and Domestic and Sexual Violence Services. In her role, she develops and implements prevention curriculum and trains others in the best prevention practices as well as provides support on task forces and workgroups.

Jacqui Smith, Domestic Violence Detective with the Fairfax County Police Department, Sully District Station, will speak on her role in investigating domestic violence cases (simple assault and malicious wounding), abduction cases, stalking cases, protective order violations, and telephone threats. Fairfax County assigns one domestic violence detective to each of the eight district stations.  Detective Smith sits on the Fatality Review Committee, which reviews domestic fatalities in Fairfax County to better improve response to domestic violence calls.

The meeting will be held on Sunday, Oct. 18 at the Clifton Town Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd Clifton VA 20124 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. A short business meeting will precede the domestic violence agenda. For more information and to rsvp:

August Update

Monday, August 17th, 2015

We hope you are having a wonderful summer.  Here are some highlights of our fall season.

On Sunday Sept. 27th our General Meeting will be an opportunity to meet our Democratic candidates, especially some of our first time candidates, hear them speak and ask them questions.

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  On Sunday October 18th we have arranged for several local speakers who work in the field and an elected official to speak on the issue and to inform us on what is happening to help victims of this abuse. Watch your email for details on speakers.   The general public is invited to come to this meeting.

All General Meetings are at 3-5 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124.

The DWCNV Book Club meets Sunday September 20th to discuss This is Paradise by Kristiana Kahakauwila and on Sunday October 25th for Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. Meetings are held at the homes of DWCNV book club members and are from 3-5 p.m.  For details on our Book Club contact

November 3rd is Election Day 2015.  Elections include the Virginia State Senate where the majority control hangs in the balance, House of Delegates, County Board of Supervisors, Sheriff, Clerk of the Court, School Board, and Soil and Water District Director. See our Campaigns and Elections section for information on our candidates and get the latest information on campaign events at

Human Trafficking – It is Closer Than You Think!

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

Northern Virginia is one of the top five human trafficking locations in the U.S.

On Sunday March 15th DWCNV, along with co-sponsors Fairfax County Democratic Committee and the Springfield District Democratic Committee, is presenting this important program.  Hear the steps Northern Virginia groups are taking to stop human trafficking in combined action from law enforcement, legislative, and victim services.  

Our specials guest speakers will be: 

Adam P. Ebbin, Virginia State Senator, 30th District

Elizabeth Payne, Ed.D., Member, Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force and K-12 Coordinator for Health, Family Life Education, and Physical Education for Fairfax County Public Schools

Jenna Jacoby, Mentor Coordinator, Youth for Tomorrow

Sunday, March 15th  3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Clifton Community Town Hall - 12641 Chapel Rd, Clifton VA 20124

The public is welcome.  Come learn what you can do to help.

Summer Activities

Sunday, June 8th, 2014

The DWCNV will not be meeting during the summer months, but will be participating in the annual Clifton 4th of July Parade. Also, a pool party at a member’s home for members is scheduled for Sunday, July 13th from 2 p.m. until dusk. Please email us at for details and to R.S.V.P. to the pool party.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Endorses Terry McAuliffe for Governor

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

A wonderful Women for McAuliffe event was held on October 19th in Falls Church. A packed house filled the State Theatre. Our three Democratic statewide candidates, Gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, Lieutenant Governor candidate Ralph Northam, Attorney General candidate Mark Herring, and Dorothy McAuliffe, wife of Terry McAuliffe, spoke. Terry McAuliffe received an enthusiastic and personal endorsement from former Secretary of State, Senator and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Standing Room Only Candidate Forum Held In Clifton

Sunday, May 12th, 2013
Left to Right: Justin Fairfax, Ed Deitsch, Aneesh Chopra, Jerry Foltz, Reed Heddleston, Ralph Northam, Jeremy McPike

Left to Right: Justin Fairfax, Ed Deitsch, Aneesh Chopra, Jerry Foltz, Reed Heddleston, Ralph Northam, Jeremy McPike

It was standing room only at the Candidate Forum 2013 on April 27th in Clifton. Wonderful to hear and meet our excellent Democratic primary candidates for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General as well as our candidates for local House races.

Mark HerrngMark Herring (AG Candidate)

John Bell (Del Candidate)

Democratic Lt. Governor and Attorney General Candidate Forum

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

The Democratic Women of Clifton and the Democratic Women of Lake Ridge are very happy to announce that we will co-host a Democratic Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General Primary Candidate Forum.

WHEN: Saturday, April 27th from 3-5:30 PM

WHERE: Clifton Community Hall, 12641 Chapel Rd., Clifton, VA 20124

A Democratic Primary will be held in June to pick the Democratic candidates for statewide races for Lieutenant Governor and Attorney General.  All four of these candidates have confirmed they will participate in the Forum. This is great news and a wonderful opportunity for Democratic primary voters to hear from them all!

For Lieutenant Governor:  Aneesh Chopra and Sen. Ralph Northam

For Attorney General: Justin Fairfax and Sen. Mark Herring

Candidates for local House of Delegates races will also speak.

All Northern Virginia Democrats are invited to attend.

If you have questions please contact us at

March 10th Meeting on the Environment: Global Climate Change and Energy Savings at Home

Friday, March 1st, 2013
Sunday, March 10th from 3 to 5 PM in the Clifton Town Meeting Hall DWC holds our annual meeting on the environment. We hope you will join us and bring your friends, family and your questions to this interesting and interactive program.

Our special guests will include Dr. Allan Hoffman, formerly Senior Analyst in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for the US Dept of Energy, and Mr. Jason Dispenza whose focus is energy efficiency at home through energy audits and upgrades. Both speakers welcome your active participation.
Our third interactive segment will be our Soap Box time. If you have something to share with the group or material for our Information Table please come and participate.
Dr. Hoffman will discuss the evidence for human-caused global climate change, the arguments of those who do not believe it is real, possible implications of a changing climate, and what can be done to alleviate or reverse climate change if it is accepted as real and there is political will to do so.
Mr. Dispenza will present success stories here in Northern Virginia of significant energy and cost savings realized with cutting-edge energy audit technologies and upgrades or the installation of alternative energy generation from solar technology. If you have a student interested in the “green sciences” and green collar careers bring them along as Jason is a great example of the future in this industry.

See you there.

Annual Meeting Announcement

Friday, January 4th, 2013

The Democratic Women of Clifton (DWC) will hold our Annual Meeting on Sunday, January 13th at 3-5 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall. Annual reports from each committee will be  presented.

Our program topic will be General Assembly Legislation 2013 and speakers will be Senators George Barker and Mark Herring  and Delegate Charniele Herring.

All Democratic women from Northern Virginia are welcome to attend.  For more information please contact us at  To become a DWC member, go to the Join Us page on our website for details and form.

Holiday Project Collections Continue

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Let’s help make this a memorable holiday season for those right here in Fairfax County who need our help!  We had a great turnout at our November18th General Meeting and collected many toys and donations for our Holiday Projects, described in a post below.  If you missed that meeting,  it is not too late…

We will continue with all of our Holiday Project collections for a few more weeks.  Toys, gift certificates for older children, and checks for the purchase of new coats will continue until December 10th, and grocery food gift cards for Our Daily Bread (ODB) will be accepted until December 31st.

Please continue to mail grocery store gift cards for ODB, gift cards for older children from Target or Old Navy, and checks  for the coat drive to DWC, P.O. Box 143, Clifton, VA 20124.  Checks for the coat drive should be made out to:  Firefighters and Friends to the Rescue. To arrange for unwrapped new toys to be picked up or dropped off, please contact us at

All donations are tax deductible.