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United States Army
Family Advocacy Program
7131 Richardson Circle (Lewis Hall)
Fort Benning, GA 31905
The Family Advocacy Program is responsible for the prevention of and response to child abuse and neglect and domestic abuse/intimate partner violence in military families. It works with civilian social service agencies, military and civilian medical providers, law enforcement, legal personnel, chaplains, and child and youth programs to provide a coordinated community response. The goal of the program is to promote the prevention, early identification, reporting and treatment of child and spouse abuse.
Program services vary by installation, but generally include:
· Public awareness campaigns, education and support for couples and parents
· Parenting support at every age and stage, including New Parent Support Program home visits for expectant parents, new parents and families with young children
· Safety planning, advocacy and support for domestic abuse victims
· Clinical treatment for offenders and all affected family members as appropriate
The Family Advocacy Program is the congressionally designated program responsible for the prevention of, and response to, child abuse and neglect and domestic abuse/intimate partner violence in military families. The Family Advocacy Program works in collaboration with military and civilian medical providers, social service agencies, law enforcement, legal personnel, chaplains, and child and youth programs to provide a coordinated community response. The goal of the Family Advocacy Program is to promote the prevention, early identification, reporting and treatment of child and spouse abuse.
Program services vary by installation and generally include the following:
Family Advocacy Program prevention, education and outreach services vary by installation and may be offered in coordination with military or civilian partners. Contact your installation Military and Family Support Center or Family Advocacy Program for local listings. Sample services include the following:
To learn more about the signs of abuse, steps that can be taken to prevent or stop it and more, connect with Military OneSource.
If you have concerns about a child's welfare or safety, whether at home or in the care of a Department of Defense child or youth program, contact the following for assistance:
Call 911 or law enforcement if you witness abuse or neglect or a child is in imminent danger.
If you or someone you care about needs help, confidential assistance is available. Please contact the following for information, support and services:
Call 911 or law enforcement if you witness domestic abuse or someone is in immediate danger.
Domestic abuse victims may request a restricted report, which allows for confidential medical care, counseling, advocacy and support services, such as safety planning and legal assistance, without command notification or a law enforcement investigation. You must contact a military health care provider, domestic abuse victim advocate, or Family Advocacy Program professional to request the restricted reporting option.
If a domestic abuse victim requests an unrestricted report, the sponsor's commander is promptly notified, law enforcement is involved and administrative action against the offender may be taken. The victim remains eligible for all victim advocacy services, including safety planning, legal assistance and specialized support. Contact military law enforcement or the Family Advocacy Program to make an unrestricted report. In an emergency, call 911.
Family Advocacy Program services are available to service members and family members eligible for care in a military treatment facility. Intimate partners and others may qualify for limited support and referrals as appropriate. Contact your installation Family Advocacy Program for details.