Every year active duty members, spouses, and children die as a result of domestic violence. The Family Advocacy Program was established by the Department of Defense to address issues relating to this social problem. The Family Advocacy Program is implemented worldwide on all military installations by every branch of the services. Spouse abuse and child abuse have a negative effect on military readiness, effectiveness, and good order and discipline.
GOALS — The five primary goals of the Family Advocacy Program are as follows:
2. Victim safety and protection
3. Offender accountability
4. Rehabilitative education and counseling
5. Community accountability/responsibility for a consistent and appropriate response
The Family Advocacy Program pursues these goals through prevention programs, identification of domestic violence, investigation of alleged incidents, reports to appropriate military and community response agencies, and treatment of families identified. Commanding officers are ultimately responsible for victim safety and the succesful implementation of the Family Advocacy Program within their commands.
The Family Advocacy Program counselors are located at the FFSC, and each command has a Family Advocacy Representative to assist with questions and liaison with the counselors.