FORT HOOD, Texas -- With a goal of ultimately ending domestic violence, the Family Advocacy Programs held a Domestic Violence Awareness Month Proclamation signing here, Sept. 23, during the monthly Community Services Council meeting at the Community Events Center, in preparation for Domestic Violence Prevention and Awareness Month in October.“There is no place for domestic violence within our ranks and within our community,” Col. William McKnight, deputy chief of staff of III Corps and Fort Hood, said before signing the proclamation.McKnight said the goal is to prevent, and ultimately eradicate, domestic violence within the Army’s ranks. Education is important, especially for those questioning if their relationship is healthy.Fort Hood’s two FAP offices work together to provide services victims of domestic violence need for where they are at in a domestic violence situation. The FAP office within Army Community Service provides education and prevention services, while Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center’s FAP office focuses on intervention and treatment.Monique Russell, FAP manager within ACS, said it’s often hard to see domestic abuse happening because it’s hidden in plain sight.“The most important thing for our community members to remember is that abuse is usually well hidden but can affect families from all walks of life,” she added. “If abuse or neglect is suspected, the safest thing to do is to file a confidential report using the Care Line 254-287-CARE (2273).”At the CRDAMC FAP, clinical supervisor Evangeline Holloway-Carter said support is available to those who need it, all they have to do is ask for help.“Oftentimes, we have the hope that things will get better,” she said. “Even if we have that hope, we have services available.”Domestic abuse victims can call 254-287-2273 (CARE) or 254-702-4953 for on-post services. They can also call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or 800-787-3224 for Spanish speakers. They can talk to someone, receive information about the services or file a restricted or unrestricted domestic violence report.“We have open eyes and ears to help families with issues related to abuse and neglect, both children and adults,” Holloway-Carter said.A person filing a restricted report still has access to FAP services, but does not want command or law enforcement involvement. Unrestricted reports have law enforcement conduct an investigation, command will be notified and administration action may be taken, victims have access to protection in the form of a No Contact Order or Military Protective Order, victims have access to legal services and have full access to the FAP services.Before signing the proclamation, McKnight asked everyone to unit together for this important cause.“Each of us can make a difference in the lives of those affected by domestic violence,” he concluded. “I ask that we all unite as we work to end domestic violence.”