Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault, and/or other abusive behavior perpetrated by an intimate partner against another. It is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community, regardless of age, economic status, race, religion, nationality or educational background. Violence against women is often accompanied by emotionally abusive and controlling behavior, and thus is part of a systematic pattern of dominance and control. Domestic violence results in physical injury, psychological trauma, and sometimes death. The consequences of domestic violence can cross generations and truly last a lifetime. www.ncadv.org
In October of each year, Army communities review their commitment to prevent domestic violence. Educational efforts are renewed, and campaigns roll out to inform the Army community about the variety of ways to strengthen Families and prevent the abuse that has the potential to affect women and men from childhood to their elder years.
This year is no different – the long-term effects of domestic violence, as well as the short-term and immediate suffering, still afflicts thousands each year. You may wonder why such a personal issue would become a focus for an organization such as the U.S. Army – quite simply put; the strength of the Army relies heavily on the strength of its Army Families. By using the resources provided to include educational resources and counseling services, we lessen the impact caused by domestic violence; fewer situations develop to the point of critical; and relationships are more mature, healthy and supportive.
Utilizing available resources often depends on a Family’s willingness to examine their beliefs about their respective roles in the Family, their commitment to save their relationship, an acceptance of their responsibility to provide a happy and safe childhood for their children, and a willingness to work within the limitations imposed by their physical and mental health status (Garcia, Finley, Lorber, & Jakupcak, 2011; Schonbrun, Strong, Wetle, & Stuart, 2011).
Call 706-791-4380 to report Domestic Violence – Restricted reports can still be made
with a Victim Advocate, Health Care Professional and Chaplain
The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233
The National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673
The National Teen Dating Abuse Hotline at 1-866-331-9474