LAWS (Loudoun Abused Women's Shelter) opened in March 1985 to provide temporary emergency shelter, food, and emotional support to women and their children who were escaping domestic violence and abuse. Currently LAWS offers a wide range of direct services to Loudoun County citizens. Prevention and education programs are presented throughout the county to reduce incidences of domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse. Through its programs, LAWS seeks to empower survivors of personal violence so that they may live their lives free from fear, anxiety, and danger.
All LAWS services are confidential and free of charge. LAWS is a private, non-profit organization, funded by government and foundation grants, the United Way, private donations, and the Resourceful Woman Thrift Shop. It has a volulnteer Board of Directors drawn from the local community and a full and part-time staff of 30 persons.