CAMP ZAMA, Japan (Oct. 22, 2018) -- Participants in domestic violence training here received critical knowledge and resources to maintain resilience and promote the prevention of a problem that is "everyone's responsibility," the Family Advocacy Program manager here said.

Camp Zama's Army Community Service hosted the training Oct. 11, 12 and 19 at the Community Recreation Center as a way to help Soldiers and civilians recognize the warning signs of domestic violence, and to offer resources in case they or someone they know is in need of help, said Austin Stanley.

"We want everybody to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of domestic violence and let them know what needs to be done in order to put support services in place," said Stanley.

Domestic violence in the military is a serious issue any time it occurs, and regular training and awareness is vital because domestic violence adversely affects not only the families directly involved, but it lowers the morale of other Soldiers and families in the unit, Stanley said.

"What we want to do is promote early intervention to ensure that Soldiers and families are safe and protected and that they can focus on the mission," he said.

Sgt. Harold Redding, assigned to the 78th Signal Battalion, attended the training and said every Soldier, civilian--or any human being--should be aware of the problem of domestic violence and should also know what to do if someone they know is either a victim or perpetrator of it.

"If I am ever put in the situation where I know someone is a victim of domestic abuse, I need to not be a bystander," said Redding. "I need to be more proactive than reactive."

Sgt. 1st Class Donnie McNeal, also assigned to 78th Signal Battalion, said the training was valuable because it provided him with several tools to recognize and reach out to someone who may be dealing with domestic violence, and tips to prevent the problem from worsening.

"This training can be used for our own personal life too," said McNeal. "I can give this advice to my relatives and friends even outside the military."