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Victim Advocacy Program

The Family Advocacy Program: Victim Advocacy Services Program provides comprehensive assistance and support to victims of domestic abuse and sexual assault, including crisis intervention, safety planning, assistance in securing medical treatment for injuries, information on legal rights and proceedings, and referral to military and civilian shelters and other resources available to victims.  Victim Advocacy services are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to Soldiers and Family members.
Victim Advocacy

Helpful Links

Americans Overseas Domestic violence Crisis Center
The Americans Overseas Domestic Violence Crisis Center can be reached internationally toll-free from 175 countries. To contact the toll-free crisis line from overseas, first dial your AT&T USADirect access number and at the prompt, enter our phone number: 866-USWOMEN (879-6636). The center serves abused Americans, mostly women and children, in both civilian and military populations overseas.

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Reporting Options Card

Soldiers and Family members who experience domestic abuse are encouraged to report the incident. Find out more about your options for restricted and unrestricted reporting.

Victim Advocacy Resources
Am I Being Abused? How Can I Stay Safe? What Are My Reporting Options?  What If I'm Thinking About Leaving?
Does your partner control what you do, who you see, where you go, or isolate you? Act or look at you in ways that scare you? Read more to find out if you may be experiencing domestic abuse. Find out what you can do if you are being threatened or attacked. Learn basic safety measures you can take if you are in an abuse relationship. If you are experiencing abuse, you are encouraged to report the incident to a Victim Advocate to access the full range of supportive services. Find out more about your options. Learn steps that you should take to prepare for leaving your partner. Read about how to keep safe at work. Find out what you can do to keep yourself safe after you've left.
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Domestic Violence and the Army

The Army's Commitment:

In October 2007, the Army pledged its enduring commitment to Soldiers and Family member, recognizing Family members’ health and well-being as paramount to sustaining mission readiness and committed to providing Family members with a strong, supportive environment where they can thrive. Domestic abuse undermines the Army’s promise and negatively impacts Family Readiness. The Army Family Advocacy Program’s Victim Advocacy Services are integral to the Army’s efforts to uphold its commitment to provide Soldiers and Family members with a strong, supportive environment.

The Department of Defense Definition of Domestic Abuse:

Domestic Violence: An offense under the United States Code, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, or State law involving the use, attempted use, or threatened use of force or violence against a person, which is:
(1) A current or former spouse.
(2) A person with whom the abuser shares a child in common.
(3) A current or former intimate partner with whom the abuser shares or has shared a common domicile. Sharing a common domicile is defined as signing a lease together or living in the same residence for at least 30 days (Army housing standard).

Source: DOD Instruction 6400.06, Domestic Abuse Involving DOD Military and Certain Affiliated Personnel, 21 Aug 07

Focus on: Victim Advocates

What Is a Victim Advocate?

A Victim Advocate (VA) is a trained professional who provides non-clinical advocacy services and support to Soldiers and Family members experiencing domestic abuse. Victim Advocates are on-call 24 hours a day/7 days a week to provide immediate assistance, safety planning, non-judgmental support and information on available resources.

What Services Can I Expect From a Victim Advocate?

A Victim Advocate can provide you with:

  • Crisis intervention and support
  • Safety assessment and planning
  • Information on reporting options
  • Coordination of emergency services; transportation, housing, food, etc.
  • Information on the Transitional Compensation Program
  • Assistance in obtaining military and civilian protective orders
  • Accompaniment through the medical, investigative and legal processes
  • Representation of victims’ interests at Family Advocacy Case Review Committee meetings
  • Information and referral

Help Available 24/7 for Victims of Domestic Abuse

All Army installations have a 24/7 Family Advocacy Program (FAP) Domestic Abuse Victim Advocacy Hotline. Please click on the link below to access the numbers and find the installation closest to you for help and support.

Domestic Violence 5K Color Run

USAG Bavaria's Army Community Service (ACS) held its 1st Annual "Breakaway" 5K to increase awareness about Domestic Violence. Much enjoyment was experienced by all for an important topic!

5K Color Run for
Domestic Violence Awareness

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Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign Materials

Two years ago this month, the Army launched the Army Family Covenant as evidence of our enduing commitment to Soldiers and Families. The Covenant commits the Army to providing Soldiers and Families a quality of life commensurate with their level of service and sacrifice. Domestic abuse undermines the Army's promise and negatively impacts Family Readiness...Together as one Army, we recommit ourselves to preventing domestic violence.

- Letter authorizing Domestic Violence Prevention Month 2009 from Secretary of the Army, John M. McHugh; Army Chief of Staff, Gen. George W. Casey, Jr.; and Army Sergeant Major Kenneth O. Preston

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