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. In fact, you can dial 114 on any Army installation in Germany to reach the Military Police.
RESOURCES FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
• Victim Advocacy Program
CIV 09662-83-3218, 0162-2960661
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
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
CIV: 09641-83-7152 (Tower Barracks)
09662-83-2882, 06371-9464-2384 (Rose Barracks)
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.
• Domestic Abuse Hotline
CIV: 0162-2960661 (Germany),
1-800-799-SAFE (7233) (U.S.)
Confidential and informative, domestic abuse hotlines have representatives readily-available to provide support, information and assistance in filing either restricted or unrestricted reports.
• Military Police
DSN 114, CIV 09641-83-114 (Tower Barracks), 09662-83-114 (Rose Barracks)
Contact the military police if you would like to file an unrestricted report initiating an official investigation on the act of violence.
Annual 5k Breakaway Color Run | Sat, 17 Oct 2015 Tower Barracks Fitness Center
ACS hosts an annual 5k Breakaway Color Run in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The event involves running a track symbolizing the cycle of violence and colors to represent the scope of emotions in a relationship involving domestic violence.