The Family Advocacy Program (FAP) provides clinical assessment, treatment and services for service members and their families who may be experiencing domestic abuse and child abuse. The goal of the Family Advocacy Program is to prevent further incidents of 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. This includes counseling, case management, treatment groups, and collaboration with and referrals 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. Active-duty servicemembers and their family members, to include unmarried sailors with their intimate partners, are eligible for services.
Victims may have the option of having a Restricted or Unrestricted report and this is discussed with the victim at intake. A restricted report allows the victim to receive victim advocacy and counseling services and referral information to military and civilian resources without notification to law enforcement or the command. An unrestricted report includes these services, in addition to, notification to law enforcement and the servicemember’s command.
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 installation Fleet and Family Support Center for information on available resources. Learn more about the FAP Resources & Training available.
Commanding Officer's Policy on Domestic Violence