GRAFENWOEHR, Germany — The U.S. Army Garrison Bavaria Family Advocacy Program is focusing on re-energizing the community’s awareness of domestic violence during Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
According to FAP, domestic violence happens in our community and many communities throughout Installation Management Command-Europe.
Domestic violence does not discriminate by race, gender, age group, education or social status.
“Domestic violence takes many forms: physical, emotional, economic, stalking and harassment, and sexual,” said Denise Link, FAP manager for the USAG Bavaria Army Community Services.
What is Domestic Violence Awareness Month?
Beginning in October 1987 and each subsequent year after, the Family Advocacy Program highlights Domestic Violence Awareness Month to increase awareness and assist those who experience domestic violence. The month is also about reducing the stigma and negativity of being a victim of domestic violence by encouraging local communities to focus on domestic violence and related issues.
Victims of sexual assault in the military do not report the assault for many of the same reasons as victims outside of the military: embarrassment, fear, shame, etc. According to the Department of Veteran Affairs, on average, less than 1 percent of men report domestic incidents versus over 25 percent of women.
According to the National Institute of Health, although domestic violence can affect anyone, women are more likely to experience domestic violence than men.
Working in partnership with the Family Advocacy Program, USAG Bavaria is leading the way with a holistic approach to reducing domestic violence at every opportunity. A policy memorandum, signed by the USAG Bavaria Garrison Commander, Col. Adam Boyd, highlights victim safety, command support and accountability.
The Family Advocacy Program frequently works with restricted and unrestricted reports.
“Family Advocacy Program Victim Advocates can take restricted and unrestricted reports of domestic violence and provide non-clinical support to victims,” said Link.
Other resources are also available, to include chaplains, military family life consultants, family advocacy program employees, Military OneSource and behavioral health employees.
“Healthcare providers and Victim Advocates are all able to take restricted reports of domestic violence as long as the incident does not involve strangulation, threat to life, and/or children. It is out of the scope of practice for Military Family Life Counselors to take restricted reports and thus would be required to report all alleged incidents of domestic violence to the military police,” said Link.
To contact Bavaria Medical Command Behavioral Health on Tower Barracks, Bldg. 507, call DSN 590-3000, CIV 06371-9464-3000. For Rose Barracks, Bldg. 260, call DSN 590-2300, CIV 06371-9464-2300.
For more information, contact the ACS FAP manager, located in USAG Bavaria’s Grafenwoehr and Vilseck Military Communities at DSN 476-2650/2733, CIV 09662-83-2560/2733.
The 24/7 Domestic Violence hotline number is 01622-96-0661.
Facts and Figures
Statistics provided by the U.S Department of Health and Human Services state DoD rates of child abuse and neglect victims are about half of their counterpart rates in the U.S. civilian population.