Family Advocacy

The values we promote for our First Army Families include respect, encouragement, nurture, communication, and opportunity for personal and professional growth. Our Family Advocacy Program promotes Army and community programs that enhance the wellness and health of our Families. Army Community Services, the Unit Ministry Team, civilian community agencies, and the Family Readiness Group are organizations that deliver Family wellness programs for you and your Family.

Domestic abuse destroys healthy Family values and victimizes Family members. If you are a victim of abuse or are abusing others in your Family, we encourage you to seek help. Sources of help include the victim advocate at your closest installation, a health care provider, your chaplain, the unit commander, local law enforcement, Military OneSource at 1-800-342-9647, or the national hot line at 1-800-799-7233.

For more information on domestic abuse and Family advocacy, click on the links provided.

 

Domestic Violence, Breaking the Cycle (video)

Commanders Domestic Violence Training

Strong Bonds

 

Definitions

  • Domestic Violence: An offense under the United States Code, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, or state law that involves the use, attempted use, or threatened use of force or violence against a person of the opposite sex, or a violation of a lawful order issued for the protection of a person of the opposite sex, who is:
    – A current or former Spouse;
    – A person with whom the abuser shares a child in common; or
    – A current or former intimate partner with whom the abuser shares or has shared a common domicile
  • Domestic Abuse: Domestic violence or a pattern of behavior resulting in emotional/psychological abuse, economic control, and/or interference with personal liberty that is directed toward a person of the opposite sex who is:
    – A current or former Spouse.
    – A person with whom the abuser shares a child in common; or
    – A current or former intimate partner with whom the abuser shares or has shared a common domicile.
  • Child Abuse: The physical or sexual abuse, emotional abuse, or neglect of a child by a parent, guardian, foster parent, or by a caregiver, whether the caregiver is intrafamilial or extrafamilial, under circumstances indicating the child’s welfare is harmed or threatened. Such acts by a sibling, other family member, or other person shall be deemed to be child abuse only when the individual is providing care under express or implied agreement with the parent, guardian, or foster parent.

Family Wellness Articles