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Domestic Abuse: Military Reporting Options

Deciding whether to report domestic abuse can be difficult. Victims of domestic abuse may feel confused, alone or afraid to get help. If your partner is abusive, knowing your reporting options may help you decide what’s best for you and your family.

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How to Report Child Abuse or Neglect in the Military

Everyone has a role to play in creating safe and healthy communities. This article will tell you how to find help if you suspect that a child is being abused or neglected.

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Getting Help for Relationship Sexual Abuse

If you have ever had an intimate experience with your partner that made you feel uncomfortable, afraid or that happened to you without your consent, you are not alone. The Department of Defense cares about the safety and well-being of everyone in the military community.

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Recognizing Unhealthy Relationship Behaviors

Most relationships consist of a mixture of healthy and unhealthy behaviors. No relationship is perfect, but it’s important to recognize the warning signs of unhealthy behaviors.

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About the Family Program Accreditation Program

Accreditation is the formal evaluation of an organization/program against best practice standards. It indicates that an organization/program has met the standards set forth by an accrediting body.

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Navigating Relationship Safety During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic can put added stress on relationships for some couples. Learn more about how to handle challenges in relationships, practice self-care – and how to protect yourself and find support to stay safe, if necessary.

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Recognizing the Signs of Child Abuse

People who abuse or neglect children come from all ranks, races, religions and income levels. As hard as it can be to imagine, your neighbor, co-worker or even a friend could be an abuser.

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Service Provider Toolkit — Family Advocacy Program

Service providers are in a unique position to educate military families on preventing abuse and helping victims when needed. This toolkit contains resources to assist in that mission.

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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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10 Tips for Safe Internet Browsing

Technology abuse — when one partner seeks to control how the other accesses or uses technology and the internet — is a common form of domestic abuse. This article shares 10 tips for safe and smart browsing based on best practices recommended for everyone’s cybersecurity.

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Child Custody Considerations for Service Members and MilSpouses

Many service members have custody of, or visitation rights with, children whose other parent is not the service member’s current spouse. Absences due to military service can undermine and disrupt existing arrangements, creating stress on parents and children.

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Family Advocacy Program – The Essentials

The Family Advocacy Program is the Department of Defense program designated to address domestic abuse, child abuse and neglect, and problematic sexual behavior in children and youth. FAP works on every military installation where families are assigned, and supports service members and their spouses, partners and families to prevent abuse, promote victim safety and offer treatment and rehabilitation for healing after a traumatic event has occurred.