The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) provides clinical assessment, treatment and services for service members and their families involved in allegations of domestic abuse and child abuse. The goal of the Family Advocacy Program is to prevent domestic violence by encouraging people to examine their own behavior and take steps to learn and practice healthier behaviors. The FAP provides a variety of interventions and treatment services to meet the needs of individuals and families. It provides counseling, clinical case management, treatment groups, and refers families to military and civilian resources as appropriate.
When abuse does occur, the FAP works to ensure the safety of victims and helps military families overcome the effects of violence and change destructive behavior patterns. FAP staff members are trained to respond to incidents of abuse and neglect, support victims, and offer prevention and treatment. Professional services of licensed counselors are available free of charge at Fleet and Family Support Centers. These are available to active duty and their family members – even Sailors who are unmarried can have couple’s counseling with their partners.
A variety of courses that teach healthy relationship skills are also available at FFSCs. These include anger management and conflict resolution. These are also free and available to both active duty and spouses.
Victims must have access to protection, care and support. Interventions are needed to ensure safety. It is critical that victims are not re-victimized due to inadequate or harmful interventions.