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The Family Advocacy Program

The Department of Defense is committed to addressing and ending domestic abuse and child abuse and neglect in military families. The Family Advocacy Program, or FAP, works to prevent abuse in the military community before it ever happens through outreach campaigns and programs like the New Parent Support Program. FAP is also dedicated to promoting the safety of victims and assisting military families in overcoming the impact of past abuse while helping abusers change their destructive behavior patterns.

Trained FAP staff members at all installations teach local military families how to nurture healthy communication skills and home environments. They also respond to reports of spouse and intimate partner abuse as well as child abuse and neglect, support and protect victims of abuse and offer treatment options for abusers.

Find your local Family Advocacy Program office.

If you would like to learn more about the FAP’s programs and services – or to report a case of suspected abuse or neglect – use the MilitaryINSTALLATIONS tool for local contact information.

Here’s how FAP supports military families through prevention, reporting and treatment – and how you can help keep your local military community safe for everyone.

How FAP works to prevent abuse and supports families

First and foremost, the FAP works to prevent domestic abuse and child abuse and neglect by providing education and awareness programs for all members of the military community:

  • Classes, workshops and seminars. Couples communication, anger management, stress management, effective parenting and conflict resolution are just a few of the educational programs available to help military families learn how to build positive relationships. The FAP also provides educational programs to leadership and to service members during unit training.
  • The New Parent Support Program. Active-duty service members and spouses who have or are expecting a baby may participate in the program. The program offers home visitation, parenting education and other services to help young families provide a safe and nurturing environment for their children.
  • Counseling. Sometimes counseling is the best way for individuals and couples to understand and change attitudes, impulses and patterns of interacting that contribute to hurtful and potentially violent behavior. One-on-one support helps parents develop positive parenting techniques, manage anger and learn communication skills.
  • Public awareness campaigns. The FAP works to help communities learn to recognize domestic abuse and child abuse and neglect, where and how to report it, and how victims can get help.

How FAP handles reports of domestic abuse and child abuse

The Department of Defense has specific definitions of domestic abuse and child abuse, and under what circumstances the Family Advocacy Program provides services, or when necessary, connects the family to the community for assistance.

Below, we’ve answered some frequently asked questions about how FAP handles abuse reports, whether a report of abuse will impact an involved service member’s career and what happens after a report is filed.

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FAP, your military service and the Department of Defense are all committed to stopping abuse and neglect in our communities to keep everyone safe, healthy and mission-ready. If you ever have any questions about a possible situation in your community, please contact your FAP office or contact Military OneSource directly to receive immediate assistance.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS to locate the closest Family Advocacy Program, or contact the National Domestic Abuse Hotline at 800-799-7233.

Call 911 if you are in immediate danger of assault or physical injury. If on a military installation, call your military law enforcement office.