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Family Advocacy Program

  • Child Maltreatment
  • Domestic Violence and Domestic Abuse


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Background and History of the Family Advocacy Program

The Navy's Family Advocacy Program (FAP) was established in 1976 in response to a heightened awareness of child maltreatment, concern for the welfare of Navy families and the effects of family dysfunction on military performance. Originally designed to address child abuse and neglect, the program was entitled the Child Advocacy Program and was part of the Bureau of Medicine (BUMED). Expanded in 1979 to include spouse abuse, the program was re-designated the Family Advocacy Program. In 1996, OPNAVINST 1752.2A was disseminated and FAP moved from a medically managed program to a line-managed program and multi-disciplinary program.

NASCC FAP is managed by the Fleet and Family Support Center. Service members and their family members can obtain assistance with problems, including family violence, by contacting the FFSC on their installation.


The position of the Navy on family violence is clearly stated in OPNAVINST 1752.2B:

Domestic and child abuse has a negative effect upon military readiness, effectiveness, and good order and discipline. Accordingly, response to spouse and child abuse is a leadership issue. Commanding officers will undertake a continuous effort to reduce and eliminate child and spouse abuse at every level of the command. When suspected child or spouse abuse by a service member comes to the attention of the member's commanding officer, he or she will take prompt action to include holding the member accountable for his or her behavior. Additionally, commanding officers shall undertake measures to prevent further violence to the victim(s), and promote victim safety.

The Family Advocacy Program was implemented to provide the "continuous effort to reduce and eliminate child and spouse abuse." It is based on the following assumptions:

  • Family violence occurs within all communities, including the Navy community.
  • Family maltreatment and abuse interferes with the work performance of the service member and thus with the Navy's mission
  • Family maltreatment is incompatible with the high standards of professional and personal discipline expected of Navy members.
  • Most offenders can be rehabilitated.
  • Victims and families benefit when the offender is placed in treatment and available to participate in the family's rehabilitation.
  • Offenders must be held accountable for their behavior and that swift and certain intervention is an effective deterrent.
  • Rehabilitation of a valued service member is beneficial to the Navy.


Goals in relation to the Navy's Mission

  • Prevention
  • Victim Safety and Support
  • Rehabilitative Intervention
  • Command and Offender Accountability
  • Responsibility for Consistent and Appropriate Response



                                     E-mail The Fleet & Family Support Center

                                                                 or call (361) 961-2372 / 3722

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