FAP offers expanded services to domestic abuse victims

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The Robins Family Advocacy Program provides prevention and intervention to military families who have experienced domestic abuse.

The program has now expanded its services to adult victims by providing a domestic abuse victim advocate who is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for help and support.

The DAVA provides comprehensive services and referrals which include safety planning and risk assessment, as well as prevention education. Adult victims who are military medical beneficiaries are offered extended, ongoing DAVA support services. All services are non-clinical, voluntary and free. Confidentiality is in accordance with Air Force policy.

In 2005, the Defense Department completed an assessment of domestic abuse victim advocate services after the pilot phase of the program ended.

According to feedback, victims who worked with an advocate reported they knew more about their rights and options; were more aware of community resources and services; developed a safety plan to use to prevent future incidents of violence; became more comfortable asking for help in the future; became more hopeful about their future; and felt less alone throughout the process of seeking help.

Domestic abuse can take many forms and actions. It may include put-downs, controlling or dominant behavior, extreme jealousy or insecurity, explosive temper, isolation from family or friends, big mood swings, possessiveness, financial control, prevention from getting medical needs or any form of physical attack.

Domestic abuse affects everyone in the home including children.

Children living in a home where domestic abuse is present may show outward signs of their trauma. Infants may suffer from attachment disorders. Toddlers can suffer from sleep disturbances. Preschool children may regress developmentally. School-age children may be depressed or act out aggressively. Adolescents are at risk for recreating an abusive relationship when they begin to date.

If you or someone you know has experienced domestic violence, you're not alone. Help and support is available. For more information, or to seek help, you may reach the Domestic Abuse Victim Advocate and the Family Advocacy Program at 327-8398. After hours, contact the victim advocate at 478-257-9071