Behavioral Health

 Violence Prevention

Last Updated: July 26, 2020
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Domestic Abuse and Workplace Violence Prevention

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, call 911
What is Domestic Abuse?
Domestic abuse is an offense under the United States Code, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, or state law that involves the use, attempted use, or threatened use of force or violence against a person or a violation of a lawful order issued for the protection of a person who is:  
     * A current or former spouse.
     * A person with whom the abuser shares a child in common; or
     * A current or former intimate partner with whom the abuser shares or has shared a common domicile.
Army Family Advocacy Program (FAP)
FAP is committed to strengthening individual, family, and community relationships by providing support, education, prevention, and outreach services. FAP's goal is to support healthy families and to assist families in recovering from harmful family experiences – including domestic violence and child abuse. The FAP Team is responsible for working to prevent spouse and child abuse, to protect those who are victims of abuse, and to ensure that Army communities receive professional training on how to appropriately intervene when presented with an abuse-related scenario. FAP is governed by Army Regulation 608-18, The Army Family Advocacy Program External Link.
FAP provides:
     * Emergency Services: FAP recognize that there are situations in life that increase the risk for abuse. You don't have to go through those experiences on your own. Contact FAP if you are in need of Emergency Shelter, Emergency Transportation, or Emergency Respite Care.
      * New Parent Support Program (NPSP): NPSP provides a number of services available to families. If you are looking to have a child, are expecting a child or have a child through the age of 3, the NPSP has information about the innovative and exciting opportunities.
     * Prevention and Education: FAP can accommodate needs of the individual as well as the installation as a whole. Prevention Specialists provide ongoing child abuse and domestic violence classes to command teams, troops, and professionals throughout the year. Families are encouraged to take advantage of other opportunities for education and support including our support groups and classes.
     * Victim Advocacy: Experiencing an abusive incident such as domestic violence can be frightening, overwhelming, and, for some, embarrassing. Victim Advocates are trained professionals who are available 24/7, 365 days a year to provide crisis intervention, safety planning, and support, while navigating the steps taken after an incident. You can reach out to a Victim Advocate without fear of judgment or shame, trusting that our staff will help you to feel empowered to make informed and independent decisions to support you in your recovery process.
Use the Community Resources Guide External Link to identify and locate FAP resources in your specific community.
What is Workplace Violence?
Workplace violence is any act of violent behavior, threats of physical violence, harassment, intimidation, bullying, verbal or non-verbal threat, or other threatening, disruptive behavior that occurs at or outside the work site.
It is DoD policy that:
     * DoD Components work with employees to maintain a work environment free from violence, threats of violence, harassment, intimidation, and other disruptive behavior. All employees are responsible for promoting a safe work environment.
     * Violence, threats, harassment, intimidation, and other disruptive behavior will not be tolerated in the workplace; all reports of incidents will be taken seriously and will be dealt with appropriately.
     * Those who engage in such behavior may be:
           (1) Immediately removed from the premises. 
           (2) Denied re-entry pending completion of an appropriate investigation. 
           (3) Subject to removal from federal service, criminal prosecution, or both.
      * DoD employees will comply with the workplace violence prevention and response policies of their organizations.
      * DoD Workplace Violence Prevention and Response Policy External Link
More Domestic Abuse & Violence Workplace Resources
     * National Domestic Violence Hotline External Link or call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)
     * MilitaryOneSource External Link or call 800-342-9647
More Workplace Violence Resources
     * National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health External Link (NIOSH) Workplace Violence Prevention Strategies and Research Needs 
     * NIOSH Downloadable Videos describing Violence on the Job External Link