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GRAFENWOEHR, Germany— The garrison here supports the U.S. Army’s efforts in raising domestic violence awareness during the entire month of October.

 

What is domestic violence, and why does it matter? Today, families — and especially military families — are subject to a variety of stressors that often place incredible strain on otherwise cohesive and healthy relationships.

 

The Department of Justice defines domestic violence as “a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.”

 

The abuse can take many forms, beginning as economic exploitation or psychological manipulation, and escalate to sexual or physical aggression. The Army acknowledges the severity of domestic violence and, with its sensitive nature in mind, has created numerous services aimed at best serving victims.

 

Domestic violence is never okay. Prevention is key. If you suspect someone you know is a victim — whether a neighbor, a coworker or friend — contact the USAG Bavaria Military Police at DSN 114, CIV 09662-83-110. In fact, you can dial 114 on any Army installation in Germany to reach the Military Police.

 

EVENTS FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER

 

  • Proclamation Signing
    Oct. 4

 

  • Yoga
    Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. – noon
    Tower Barracks Physical Fitness Center

 

  • Bowling
    Oct. 12 from 5 – 7 p.m.
    Tower Barracks Bowling Center

 

  • Breast Cancer & Domestic Violence Prevention Run
    Oct. 14 at 9 a.m.
    Tower Barracks Physical Fitness Center

 

  • Free Movie “Inside Out”
    Oct. 14 at noon
    Tower Barracks Theater

 

  • Free Movie “Inside Out”
    Oct. 14 at 3 p.m.
    Garmisch Theater

 

  • Bowling
    Oct. 17 from 5 – 7 p.m.
    Hohenfels Bowling Center

 

  • Free Movie “Inside Out”
    Oct. 21 at 11 a.m.
    Hohenfels Movie Theater

 

  • Yoga
    Oct. 24 from noon – 1 p.m.
    Tower Barracks Physical Fitness Center

 

  • Bowling
    Oct. 26 from 5 – 7 p.m.
    Tower Barracks Bowling Center

 

RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

 

  • Victim Advocacy Program – Open 24/7 CIV 0162-296-0661. A Victim Advocate is available to provide confidential assistance, including emotional support throughout the process, development of a safety plan, crisis intervention and accurate information regarding your legal rights.

 

  • Chaplain Crisis Line – Call CIV 0162-296-0838 Chaplains open their door to anyone in need and are a great resource for those seeking emotional support and a highly confidential setting.

 

  • Behavior Health – Call the central appointment line CIV 06371-9464-3000 (Tower Barracks) CIV 06371-9464-2300(Rose Barracks), CIV 06371-9464-3300 (Hohenfels) and CIV 06371-9464-2300 (Garmisch). The Behavior Health Clinic is an appointment-based system that provides medical treatment and counseling to patients undergoing emotional or psychological hardships. Long-term care may be provided depending on the case specifications. Counselors are obligated to notify domestic violence incidents to the military police.
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