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Domestic Abuse

Family Advocacy Program - What is Domestic Abuse? (151022-N-SD120-001)

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse can be defined as a pattern of behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power and control over an intimate partner. Domestic abuse cuts across all age groups and social classes. It happens to Sailors as well as spouses and to men as well as women.

Domestic abuse goes beyond physical abuse. It includes emotional abuse such as threats, isolation, extreme jealousy and humiliation. It also includes sexual abuse. Whenever an adult is placed in physical danger or controlled by threat or use of physical force by their spouse or intimate partner, she or he has been abused.

Domestic abuse can happen to anyone of any race, age, sexual orientation, religion or gender. It can happen to couples who are married, living together or who are dating AND it affects people of all socio-economic backgrounds and education levels.


You may be in an emotionally abusive relationship if your partner:

  • Calls you names, insults you or continually criticizes you.
  • Does not trust you and acts jealous or possessive.
  • Tries to isolate you from family or friends.
  • Monitors where you go, who you call, and who you spend time with.
  • Controls finances or refuses to share money.
  • Punishes you by withholding affection.
  • Threatens to hurt you, the children, your family or your pets.


You may be in a physically abusive relationship if your partner has ever:

  • Damaged property when angry (thrown objects, punched walls, kicked doors, etc.).
  • Pushed, slapped, bitten, kicked or choked you.
  • Abandoned you in a dangerous or unfamiliar place.
  • Scared you by driving recklessly.
  • Used a weapon to threaten or hurt you.
  • Forced you to leave your home.
  • Trapped you in your home or kept you from leaving.
  • Prevented you from calling the police or seeking medical attention.
  • Hurt your children.
  • Used physical force in sexual situations.


Domestic Abuse Checklist - Use this domestic abuse checklist to help determine if you are in a healthy or an abusive relationship. If you think you may be a victim of domestic abuse, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE or visit your FFSC for information on available resources.

What is the Domestic Violence Prevention-All Hands (DVP-AH) Training Mobile Application?

The Navy’s Domestic Violence Prevention – All Hands (DVP-AH) app, revised for 2017, is a mobile training and resource tool that provides easy access to information and instructions regarding the prevention of domestic violence and child abuse.

The 2017 upgrade features new materials, videos and creative interfaces to make this required training more intuitive, interactive and educational. The DVP-AH app is designed to satisfy the following learning objectives:

  • Define domestic violence and child abuse
  • Identify the types of domestic violence
  • Identify some factors associated with becoming an abuser
  • Identify the three phases within the cycle of domestic violence
  • Identify some tactics used by abusers in domestic violence cases
  • Identify some ways domestic violence affects children
  • Identify domestic violence reporting options
  • Identify characteristics of the two reporting options
  • Identify requirement for reporting any suspected child abuse
  • Identify some domestic violence and child abuse resources


In addition, the app provides links to key DVP-AH resources, including an “Emergency” contacts section that provides information for services like the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the Military Crisis Line.

The DVP-AH app aggregates information from a variety of sources. Please be aware that some of the information in the app may be out of date or no longer valid. Information will be checked periodically for accuracy; the app will be updated as needed and released from periodic DVP-AH version updates.

Once training is completed, the app allows the user to document completion in their Electronic Training Jacket (ETJ) using their Department of Defense Identification number. This feature supports the Navy’s ongoing efforts to provide Sailors with the “anytime / anywhere” access to information.

PLEASE NOTE: To successfully submit a course completion from an NMCI issued mobile device, an external e-mail account must be set-up.

Download the app from the Apple iTunes or Google Play app store.

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