Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Monday October 3, 2011

What is it?

Domestic Abuse Prevention Campaign is an awareness campaign developed to provide information to support prevention, intervention, and services to an Army community willing to address and stop the tolerance of domestic violence.

What has the Army done?

The Army's comprehensive approach to the prevention of domestic abuse ensures all members of the Army community have ample opportunity to prepare for challenges that can occur in intimate relationships. The Army provides varying degrees of resources everyone can use to prevent domestic abuse and develop skills to help restore stability and health if needed. The entire Army community must work together as a team to protect victims and hold offenders accountable when abuse occurs.

Why is it important to the Army?

The Army is fully committed to supporting its Soldiers and Families by overcoming harmful issues affecting health and well-being. Domestic abuse, at any degree of severity, undermines that commitment. As Soldiers and their Families live with multiple stressors, the involvement of the entire Army community is critical.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Statistics suggests a need for the Army to build social intolerance towards domestic violence and prevent abuse by strengthening programs designed to promote awareness, encourage reporting, provide safety for victims, and ensure treatment and or administrative action for offenders with special emphasis on services for junior Soldiers and their spouse or intimate partner.

Policies and programs in the Army in existence support the prevention of domestic abuse, including support groups for young parents, reintegration programs for families experiencing deployment and redeployment stress, marital and premarital counseling, and programs on anger management, dating violence and gender issues.

Prevention plans are designed for high-risk situations to stop further harm and violence once it has occurred. Family Advocacy Victim Advocates, Unit Victim Advocates, New Parent Support-Home Visitors, the Sexual Assault Prevention program are also all in place to decrease the likelihood that violence will recur, by protecting victims and holding offenders accountable. They also provide extended services to address the negative effects of violence and abuse so that individuals, couples and families can be rehabilitated.

Family Advocacy Program's preventive educational programs are a primary resource for Army Families to learn these life skills. Additionally, the Army's Military Treatment Facility has a cadre of Licensed Clinical Social Workers/Providers available to provide treatment to offenders to prevent repeat offenses.

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