Preventing a Crisis

Our nation asks a lot of military members and their families. Service Members are often taken away from their family for long periods. Military families move every few years and are usually a long way from other relatives. Our children can see how dangerous their parents’ jobs are on television. Bottom line – military families make sacrifices.

As a result, military families experience unusual pressure. Too often, they don’t know it’s okay to ask for help to deal with problems before they become crises. The Family Advocacy Program is here to help you with practical knowledge and support on issues ranging from enriching your marriage to parenting your teenager. Call the Family Advocacy Program. We can help you find additional assistance available in the civilian community.

The Family Advocacy Program has all the professional help and practical know-how you need to avoid crisis. And working to solve family problems with us beats fighting over them at home.

Violence is a socially learned response. Here are some tips to help avoid a crisis.

• Take all threats seriously.
• Do not use alcohol and/or drugs when in a stressful situation.
• To assure your future safety, take some action to protect yourself:
• Ask for help. To locate domestic violence services near you, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or at www.ndvh.org. Then contact a domestic violence service near you to plan for your safe future. People who are staffing the phones can help you to plan how to protect yourself. They can refer you to other services and recommend shelters to stay in. They can inform you about the laws in your area, and they can advise you about restraining orders. Develop a safety plan that specifies who will be with you when you need companionship and protection. Also plan for safety in your workplace or at your school.
• Call people who are willing to help you and tell them how they can help to protect you now and in the future.
• If you have been abused in front of others, ask witnesses to write down what they saw.
• Contact the police if your abuser has broken a law, or even if you just think they might have broken a law. Assaulting you or stealing or destroying your property is a crime.
• Consider getting a restraining order or protective order to keep your spouse or intimate partner away from you.
• Get adequate rest and medical attention for yourself.
• Learn self-defense to protect yourself.

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