Preventing Abuse & Neglect

The Department of Defense and each of the branches of the armed services are committed to promoting a military culture that supports victims. Learn more about the Family Advocacy Program, including how to connect with a victim advocate near you, for help with domestic abuse, child abuse and neglect, or problematic sexual behavior in children and youth.

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Victim Advocate Locator

Find help for domestic abuse from the FAP victim advocate closest to you by using the Victim Advocate Locator — whether you’re in the U.S. or overseas.

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The Family Advocacy Program

The Defense Department supports those affected by child abuse and neglect, domestic abuse, or problematic sexual behavior in children and youth through the Family Advocacy Program.

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Technology (Mis)Use and Your Relationship

Technology facilitates modern life, with nearly all of us relying on our cell phones, email and social media to communicate, stay connected, and talk with our spouses and partners. According to one study, 89% of service members own a smart phone, and over half report regular social media activity. Smartphones and other devices are the place where much of life happens, including where unhealthy relationship patterns can develop.

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FAQ and Resource Guide for Parents and Caregivers: Problematic Sexual Behavior in Children and Youth

Connect with support and resources for families impacted by problematic sexual behavior in children and youth.

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Signs of Child Abuse

Child abuse offenders come from all ranks, races, religions and income levels. As hard as it can be to imagine, an abuser can be your neighbor, co-worker or even friend.

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How to Help a Child Who Is Being Bullied

According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, one in five students ages 12-18 experience bullying, which can be verbal, physical or electronic. Learn the signs and how you can help a child being bullied.

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