Steps for Seeking Help While Serving in the Military

Domestic violence is a serious issue that affects people in all walks of life, including military personnel and their families. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence in the military, here are some steps to seek help:

  1. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline: The hotline is available 24/7 and can provide confidential support and resources for anyone experiencing domestic violence. The number is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
  2. Contact your military base's Family Advocacy Program (FAP): The FAP provides a range of services to military families, including assistance with domestic violence. They can help you with safety planning, legal advocacy, and counseling. You can find the contact information for your local FAP on the Military OneSource website.
  3. Speak to a chaplain: Chaplains are trained to provide emotional and spiritual support to military personnel and their families. They can also provide information on available resources for dealing with domestic violence.
  4. Reach out to a victim advocate: Many military installations have victim advocates who can provide support and guidance for victims of domestic violence. They can help you understand your options for reporting the abuse and provide information on available resources.
  5. Report the abuse: It's important to report domestic violence to your chain of command or the military police. Reporting the abuse can help ensure your safety and the safety of others. You can also file a report with the Family Advocacy Program. Remember, domestic violence is never okay, and you don't have to face it alone. There are resources available to help you.
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