United to End Domestic Abuse
The military community respects, supports and defends victims of domestic abuse.
When it comes to domestic abuse, everyone’s situation is different — it can happen to anyone and is not their fault. The Family Advocacy Program is committed to supporting service members and their families impacted by domestic abuse through victim advocacy and crisis intervention.
About the Family Advocacy Program
The FAP works to prevent and respond to domestic abuse in the military community.Find a Victim Advocate »
Getting help for an abusive relationship is difficult, especially since public health measures designed to slow coronavirus disease 2019 have created conditions that may contribute to increased isolation.
With many people staying at home as a result of COVID-19, a victim could end up spending more time and in closer quarters with their abuser and cut off from friends, relatives and safe havens ─ such as crisis shelters. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic abuse, learn how to find help and safety.
Find the Right Help
Military OneSource can link you to resources and support, including help finding your local Family Advocacy Program. Your local FAP staff can help you understand options for reporting, document your abuse, create a safety plan and maintain a network. Whenever you want to explore next steps, or learn about options for support, we can find the right help for you.
- Start documenting your abuse
- Create a safety plan
- Maintain a support network
Help a Friend or a Loved One
If you think your friend may be experiencing domestic abuse, do not pressure them to leave. Instead, tell them you are there for them and that you can help them plan for their safety or seek outside support when they are ready. Learn more about how to be an upstander, not a bystander.
Military OneSource also provides a quick-glance guide that lays out a series of steps to follow to help a friend in need, along with critical resources that include how to find help for teens.
Military OneSource has more information and resources for you on getting help or supporting a friend with domestic abuse.Get Resources