Military Leaders Domestic Abuse Prevention and Response Toolkit
This toolkit will help you protect military families from domestic abuse and connect them to resources and help.
Domestic abuse is devastating to service members and their families, presenting significant challenges and weakened mission readiness. We all need to recognize – and take seriously – any signs or reports of an unsafe relationship, whether a couple is dating or married.
How to help military families in your command:
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Contact Your Local FAP
When you have concerns or receive a report of domestic abuse, contact your nearest Family Advocacy Program office. Staff there will partner with you to determine what can be done and what to do next, especially in complex cases.
Family Advocacy Program
Domestic abuse goes against military values. The Family Advocacy Program supports you as a military leader in promoting healthy relationships within your unit. When your service members are not worried about problems at home, they can focus on the mission. Concerned someone may be experiencing domestic abuse? Contact your nearest FAP office to brainstorm ways to help.
Understand How FAP Works
Share Resources to Strengthen Military Families
Rally the troops and act now to help the military families in your community. Together, we can help make sure everyone in our military community is safe and healthy. These resources can help.
- A PowerPoint slide that your team can use in briefings, as needed.
- A draft email that you can tailor and send to those in your social network.
Know someone is in crisis?
If you’re concerned about someone’s safety or need immediate support, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 800-799-7233 or visit thehotline.org to live chat with someone at any time from anywhere. While not affiliated with the Defense Department, the Hotline connects you with local resources when needed.