Here are some ways that you can prevent domestic violence:
- Promote domestic violence awareness. When people become aware of the statistics and effects domestic violence has on lives and communities, it keeps the issue alive and important.
- Speak out against domestic violence. Talking about the seriousness of domestic violence amongst friends, family and other community members also helps to keep the importance out there.
- Call Military Police or civilian law enforcement if you see or hear evidence of domestic violence.
- Support a friend or family member who may be in an abusive relationship. Encourage him or her to report the abuse to a Victim Advocate (VA). You may also contact the VA for information.
- VAs are available 24 hours a day/7 days a week at every Army installation. Contact the ACS Family Advocacy Program or check the Services Locator on this website for the VA hotline number at your installation.
- Military OneSource can also help you locate your installation VA. (CONUS: 1-800-464-8107; OCONUS: 00-800-3429-6477 or collect: 484-530-5889).
- Volunteer with your Army Community Service’s Family Advocacy Program or with a local domestic violence agency.
- Raise your children to respect others. Teach your children to respect others and to treat others as they would like to be treated. Lead by example.
- Participate in prevention and awareness events for the Army’s Domestic Violence Prevention Month (October).