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Family Advocacy Prevention

(540) 653-1839 | (800) 500-4947

The FFSC has licensed clinical social workers to assist the military community with personal and family problems related to child and spouse abuse issues. FAP services address the needs of victims and offenders of spouse abuse, child abuse or neglect.

Anger management, stress management, parenting classes, and educational classes for offenders and victims are available through FAP.

The over-arching goal of Clinical Counseling and the Family Advocacy Program is to directly strengthen and support individuals and families, thereby supporting mission readiness and retention. The Counseling and Advocacy Program offers individual, couple, family, and group counseling services as well as prevention and education workshops.  Some of the workshops include stress management, anger management, parenting classes, and couples communication. Crisis intervention, victim advocacy, domestic violence assistance, and treatment groups are also part of the program. As part of the Coordinated Community approach, the programs also work together with other community services and the command to strengthen Navy Families.

Child Abuse
 Millions of American children are exposed to violence from neglect as well as physical, sexual, and emotional abuse in their homes each year, putting them at risk for a variety of emotional and behavioral problems. It is recognized that child and spouse abuse are often interrelated. Both may occur together or at different times in the same family. Children may be physically or emotionally affected by domestic violence. Most abusive behavior is learned, but may be ameliorated through effective intervention programs and break the cycle of violence. All military personnel, departments, and agencies are required to report known or suspected child abuse or neglect to the Family Advocacy Program (OPNAVINST 1752.2B). 

Families have an important place in the Navy’s ability to accomplish its mission. A crucial human goal of the Navy is to foster wholesome lives for military families and the communities in which they live.  Navy families face challenges unique to the military lifestyle.  Many families are adjusting to new marriages and military life simultaneously.   Frequent deployments, family separations, frequent moves, new schools, new friends, new neighbors can often disrupt family life.   

The Fleet and Family Support Center is available to support families and children who experience child abuse or neglect. Services available to families are individual and/or group counseling, communication and parenting classes and information and referrals to community agencies.

To Report Child Abuse/Neglect: National Hotline for Child Abuse is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The toll-free number 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453)

Virginia CPS -Working hours:  (540) 775-3544 - After Hours CPS Hot-Line: 1-800-552-7096

Maryland CPS- Working hours: (301) 392-6739 - After Hours CPS Hot Line: (301) 934-2222 (Sheriff)


Domestic Abuse Victim Advocacy (DAVA)
Domestic Violence is a crime. It is the violent confrontation that occurs between family members or people involved in dating relationships or people who share the same residence. It most often occurs between a man and a woman living together, married or not, or with children in common.  The crime of Domestic Violence is cyclical and is often repeated without intervention.

Fleet and Family Support Center (FFSC) Victim Advocacy Program ensures that clients with an open Family Advocacy case receive support and assistance through the Victim Advocacy Program.

Crisis Intervention

Safety Planning

Needs Assessment

Work Closely with Clinicians on Family Violence Cases

Wide Range of Legal, Medical, and Counseling Referrals

Court Facilitation & Support

Domestic Violence Education

In addition to assisting the victim through the CRC phase and when necessary, assisting the victim during the trial phase, the Victim Advocate will work with the victim in developing a personalized safety plan. This plan identifies steps to increase a victim's safety and prepare in advance for the recurrence of violence in the home. The victim has no power or control over the batterer's abusive behavior; however, the victim does have choices in how to respond to the abuse including pre-planning what to do during a violence incident to maximize safety, whom to call, and having a safe place to go. Please call (540) 653-2500 for more information.

How Do I Contact a Victim Advocate?
Naval Support Activity, South Potomac (Dahlgren and Indian Head) has a Victim Advocate who is available to speak with victims of domestic abuse 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

1.  If you would like to make a confidential Domestic Abuse report and speak with a Victim Advocate during regular business hours (M - F 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.), you can call the Fleet and Family Support Center at (540) 653-1839 or (800) 500-5126 or (540) 653-2500 and speak with a Victim Advocate.

2.  If you would like to make a confidential Domestic Abuse report and speak with a Victim Advocate after business hours, and you live in Virginia you can call Rappahannock Domestic Violence Hotline (540) 371-1212.

3.  If you live in Maryland and stationed at Indian Head, and you would like to make a confidential Domestic Abuse report, you can call 1-800-799-723.

4.   National Hotline for Victims of Domestic Abuse: The National Hotline for victims of domestic abuse is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The toll-free number is: 1-800-799-SAFE.  Toll Free Confidential phone number for Military OneSource is (800) 342-9647.

The Navy, as part of the DoD, is committed to ensuring that victims of domestic abuse are protected, treated with dignity and respect, and provided with support, advocacy and care. DoD policy prefers that personnel report suspected domestic abuse incidents promptly to activate both services for victims and accountability actions. However, requiring that all domestic abuse incidents be reported can present a barrier for victims hoping to gain access to medical and victim advocacy services without law enforcement or command involvement. To address these competing interests, the DoD has two reporting options:

UNRESTRICTED REPORTING and RESTRICTED
What Are the Differences between Unrestricted and Restricted Reporting?

Unrestricted Reporting
- Victims of domestic abuse who want to pursue an official investigation of an incident should use current reporting channels, such as their chain of command, Family Advocacy Program (FAP), or law enforcement. Upon notification of a reported domestic abuse incident, victim advocacy services and FAP clinical services will be offered to the victim. In addition, the healthcare provider will conduct any forensic medical examination deemed appropriate, at the victim's discretion and request.

Restricted Reporting - Restricted reporting allows an adult victim of domestic abuse to disclose the details of his or her abuse to specifically identified individuals and to receive medical treatment and victim advocacy services without requiring that notice be provided to the victim's or alleged offender's commander or law enforcement. Victims of domestic abuse who desire to make a restricted report under this policy MUST report the abuse to one of the following specific individuals: a Victim Advocate, a Victim Advocate Supervisor, or healthcare provider. Additionally, a victim's disclosure of his or her domestic abuse to persons other than those covered by this policy may result in an investigation of the allegations by law enforcement and clinical intervention from FAP.

There are exceptions to Confidentiality and Restricted Reporting and Limitations on Use-Information regarding a restricted report may be disclosed to the following persons or entities for the following reasons:

1. Named individuals when disclosure is authorized by the victim in writing.

2. Command officials or law enforcement when necessary to prevent or lessen a serious and imminent threat to the health or safety of the victim or another person.

3. FAP and any other agencies authorized by law to receive reports of child abuse or neglect when, as a result of the victim’s disclosure, the Victim Advocate or healthcare provider has a reasonable belief that child abuse has also occurred. However, disclosure will be limited only to information related to the child abuse.

4. Disability Retirement Boards and officials when disclosure by a healthcare provider is required for fitness for duty for disability retirement determinations, limited only to that information which is necessary to process the disability retirement determination.

5. Supervisors of the Victim Advocate or healthcare provider when disclosure is required for the supervision of direct victim treatment or services.

6. Military or civilian courts of competent jurisdiction when a military, Federal or State judge issues a subpoena for the covered communications to be presented to the court or to other officials or entities when the judge orders such disclosure; or to other officials or entities when required by Federal or State statute or applicable U.S. international agreement.

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