October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and the Air Force and Army Family Advocacy programs are sponsoring a variety of events to help educate the community about intimate partner violence. There will be a variety of information tables available with free resources, self-defense seminars, AFN radio spots and outreach initiatives during October.
Family Advocacy’s goal is to prevent domestic violence within the military and create healthier relationships in the KMC. There are a variety of resources available to military members, dependents and civilians. Ramstein Family Advocacy offers a consultation service, which is a one-time educational session to help offer resources and support as well as referrals to appropriate agencies on base.
The consultation service is a great resource for individuals and couples because it provides immediate support and resources. It is a great way for victims of domestic violence to seek help and find support.
Many victims of domestic violence might be afraid to come forward for fear of hurting their career or the career of their intimate partner. The Air Force has restricted reporting available to service members and it is available for individuals to seek help from an unhealthy, violent relationship. There is no command involvement and family advocacy will offer counseling and support as long as the client feels it is needed.
The information given to family advocacy is kept confidential, which enables clients to feel safe when discussing relationship concerns.
Domestic violence is not always visible and obvious. Sometimes the abusive behavior manifests as controlling behaviors such as restraining, blocking a partner from leaving the house, limiting access to finances and threatening to take children away. It is important to reach out and get help if your relationship or marriage has communication difficulties. Sometimes just reaching out and taking a healthy relationship or communication class can make a world of difference. Family Advocacy offers a variety of classes to help build healthy communication skills in intimate relationships.